Australian Bureau of Statistics
4704.0 - The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2008
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/04/2008
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YEARS OF LIFE LOST (YLL)
Ischaemic heart disease was the leading specific cause of YLL due to disability and injury for both Indigenous males and females, accounting for 5,026 (17%) YLL for Indigenous males and 2,995 (13%) YLL for Indigenous females. Suicide and road traffic accidents were the second and third leading specific causes of YLL among Indigenous males, accounting for 2,628 (9%) and 1,786 (6%) of YLL. Type 2 Diabetes and road traffic accidents were the second and third leading causes of YLL among Indigenous females, accounting for 1,735 (8%) and 1,008 (5%) of YLL.
The Burden of Disease study also examined the health gap between Indigenous Australians and the general population. While 54% of the total burden of disease for Indigenous Australians (which included the burden of disease arising from disability), was due to mortality, two-thirds of the Indigenous health gap was due to mortality. This means that the mortality gap was considerably greater than the disability gap, and in part reflects a higher case fatality: when sick Indigenous Australians are more likely to die (Vos et al 2007).
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