Chart of the day: Road deaths fell 56pc while stillbirths remained unchanged

Almost twice as many people are stillborn in Australia each day, compared to the number of people who die on our roads.

“As news consumers in Australia we are regularly reminded about the number of fatalities on our roads,” midwife and academic Dr Jane Warland said.

“However, there’s another death toll that we don’t hear much about, yet it is nearly double the annual road toll.”

Data from 2015 — the most recent stillbirth data available — shows 2,160 stillbirths, compared to 1,209 road deaths.

Chart shows rate of road deaths falling by more than 50 per cent over 20 decades, while stillbirth rate remains the same.Infographic: Concerted efforts and public campaigns saw the road death rate greatly reduce but the stillbirth rate remains at seven deaths per 1,000 births. (ABC News)
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The road fatality rate has fallen by more than half in the past 20 years, but in the same timeframe, the stillbirth rate has stagnated at seven deaths per 1,000 births. The UK rate for 2015 was 3.87.

It is not clear how many stillbirths are preventable, but researchers and campaigners hope a Senate inquiry will have an impact when it reports back early next year.

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