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This article provides an overview of mortality data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Care should be exercised when analysing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths data due to quality issues, such as under-identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths, and uncertainties inherent in estimating and projecting the size and structure of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population over time (Endnote 1). See the section on 'Understanding the data quality issues' for more information.
Mortality can be used as an indicator of a population’s health and access to medical facilities. Mortality can be measured in a number of different ways. This article includes crude death rates, age-specific death rates, age-standardised death rates and infant and child mortality rates.
Topics covered in this article include:
1. For more information see the Explanatory Notes from Deaths, Australia, 2010 (cat.no.3302.0).