EXTERNAL CAUSES (V01-Y98)
There were 353 deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians attributed to External causes (V01-Y98) in 2010, with a sex ratio of 253 male deaths per 100 female deaths. Intentional self-harm (Suicide, (X60-X84,Y87.0)) and Land transport accidents (V01-V89, Y85.0) were the two leading External causes of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in 2010.
Suicide was the sixth leading cause of death of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians accounting for 110 deaths; of these, 81 were males and 29 were females. The age standardised death rate for suicide was 2.5 and 2.4 times higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males and females compared with non-Indigenous males and females.
Land transport accident deaths numbered 82 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in 2010; 55 were males and 27 were females. The age standardised mortality rate for land transport accidents was almost three times (2.9) higher for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population compared with non-Indigenous persons.