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3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2011 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Persons >> External Causes (V01-Y98) - Deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Persons

EXTERNAL CAUSES (V01-Y98)

There were 371 deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians attributed to External causes (V01-Y98) in 2011, with a sex ratio of 255 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 Islander Australians in 2011.

Suicide was the fourth leading cause of death of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. In 2011, there were 128 deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; 92 people who died of suicide were male and 36 were female. The age standardised death rate for suicide was 2.5 and 3.4 times higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males and females compared with non-Indigenous males and females.

Land transport accident deaths numbered 84 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in 2011; 63 were males and 21 were females. The age standardised mortality rate for land transport accidents was almost three times (2.8) higher for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population compared with non-Indigenous persons.

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