3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration 
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DISEASES OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM (K00-K93)

Diseases of the Digestive System (K00-K93) were the underlying cause of death for 115 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in 2012, which accounted for 4.7% of deaths.

The most common types of digestive disease that contributed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths were Diseases of the liver (K70-K76), which was the underlying cause of 72 deaths in 2012. The age standardised death rate for Diseases of the liver was four times higher (rate ratio of 4.1) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians compared with non-Indigenous Australians (23.4 per 100,000 and 5.7 per 100,000, respectively).