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Special Article - Deaths of People Aged 25-29 Years (Sep, 2000)
AGE-SPECIFIC DEATH RATES, Persons Aged 25-39 Years
(a) ASDR per 100,000 population.
LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH1
In 1999, the leading causes of death among 25-39 year olds were intentional self-harm (21% of all deaths), malignant neoplasms (cancer) (15%), accidental poisoning by, and exposure to, noxious substances (accidental poisoning) (13%) and transport accidents (excluding water, air and space accidents) (12%). For each of these except cancer, the death rate for males was considerably higher than that for females.
Overall, males accounted for more than 70% of all deaths in this age group. Among the leading causes of death, males comprised 82% of all deaths due to intentional self-harm, 80% of deaths due to accidental poisoning and 78% of deaths due to transport accidents, but less than half (47%) of all cancer deaths.
STATES AND TERRITORIES
In 1999, death rates for 25-39 year olds varied among the States and Territories with an Australian rate of 99 per 100,000 population. The Northern Territory had the highest rate (207 per 100,000 population), more than twice the Australian rate while the ACT had the lowest rate (91 per 100,000 population).
DEATH RATE OF 25-39 YEAR OLDS
(a) ASDR per 100,000 male or female population aged 25-39 years.
Based on registered deaths in 1999, the ASDRs for Indigenous males and females aged 25-39 were more than three times higher than the corresponding ASDRs for total Australian males and females in this age group.
The four top causes of Indigenous deaths accounted for 32% of all Indigenous deaths compared with 60% for the four top causes of death for all persons aged 25-39. As with the total Australian population, intentional self-harm was the leading cause of death among Indigenous 25-39 year olds, accounting for 9% of all Indigenous deaths in this age group (29 deaths per 100,000 Indigenous population, compared with 20 deaths per 100,000 total population). In this age group the largest difference in death rates was for those dying of ischaemic heart disease (ASDRs of 27 for Indigenous and 4 for total population).
INDIGENOUS AND TOTAL AUSTRALIAN DEATH RATES,
Persons Aged 25-39 Years, 1999
(a) Excluding water, air and space.
(b) ASDR per 100,000 population aged 25-39 years.
Further information on deaths of persons aged 25-39 years and deaths in general is available in Deaths, Australia, 1999 (Cat. no. 3302.0) released on 18 December 2000.
2 Rates in this section are calculated using the 1996-based Indigenous population projections (low series). See Experimental Projections of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population 1996-2006 (Cat. no. 3231.0).
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