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3320.0 - Deaths From External Causes, Australia, 1998 to 2002  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/02/2004   
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Death rate from external causes highest in the Northern Territory

During 1998-2002, rates of death from external causes (accidents and injuries) in the Northern Territory were the highest of all states and territories, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.

After adjusting for age, the NT rate of deaths from external causes was 90 deaths per 100,000 people, compared with the national rate of 42.

Rates of transport accident deaths were highest in the NT of all states and territories, at an age adjusted rate of 28 deaths per 100,000 people (compared with 10 nationally).

Pedestrian deaths were also high in the Territory, at an age-adjusted rate of 6 deaths per 100,000 people (compared with 2 nationally).

The age-adjusted NT suicide death rate was 21 deaths per 100,000 people, compared with the national rate of 13 during 1998-2002.

The rates of death from falls, assault and accidental drowning were all higher in the NT than all other states and territories.

Further details are in Deaths from External Causes (cat. no. 3320.0).

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