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3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2010 Quality Declaration 
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POTENTIALLY AVOIDABLE MORTALITY

6.3 Avoidable deaths(a), NSW, Qld, SA, WA and NT(b) - by Indigenous status: 2010 (c)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Non-Indigenous
no.
SDR(d)
no.
SDR
Rate ratio
Rate difference

Preventable
588
199.3
8 530.5
51.5
3.9
147.8
Treatable
970
323.0
13 805.5
83.6
3.9
239.4
Avoidable
1 558
522.7
22 336.0
135.0
3.9
387.7

(a) Avoidable deaths comprise of treatable and preventable deaths. See Appendix 3 Avoidable Mortality for more information.
(b) Data are based on five jurisdictions for which the quality of Indigenous identification in mortality data is considered acceptable (NSW, Qld, SA, WA and NT only). Care should be taken when interpreting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander causes of death data for 2010. See Technical Notes: Retrospective Deaths by Causes of Death, Queensland, 2010 and Registration of outstanding deaths, Queensland, 2010, from the Deaths, Australia, 2010 publication (cat. no. 3302.0).
(c) Causes of death data for 2010 are preliminary and subject to a revisions process. See Explanatory Notes 35-39 and Technical Notes, Causes of Death Revisions, 2006 and Causes of Death Revisions, 2008 and 2009.


A potentially avoidable death is one that could have theoretically been avoided given an understanding of causation, the adoption of available disease prevention initiatives and the use of available health care, for persons aged under 75 years. All causes of death that make up a potentially avoidable death are categorised into either a treatable or preventable category. For a full list of the causes of death that make up potentially avoidable deaths, see Appendix 3. The age-standardised avoidable death rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians was 522.7, almost four times higher than non-Indigenous Australians (135.0).





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