3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2014 Quality Declaration 
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EXTERNAL CAUSES (V01-Y98)

In 2014, there were 422 deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians attributed to External causes (V01-Y98), including accidents, assaults and intentional self-harm. Males died from external causes of death more often than females, with 205.8 male deaths per 100 female deaths. Intentional self-harm (X60-X84) and Land transport accidents (V01-V89) were the two leading External causes of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in 2014.

Suicide was the fifth leading cause of death of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. In 2014, there were 143 deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians due to suicide, of whom 102 were male and 41 were female. The age-standardised death rate for suicide was approximately twice as high in both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males and females than non-Indigenous males and females (rate ratios of 1.9 and 2.1 respectively).

There were 87 deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians due to Land transport accidents in 2014. Of these, 69 were male and 18 were female. In 2014, 3.8 times more males died in Land transport accidents than females. The age-standardised death rate for Land transport accidents was 3.1 times higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons compared with non-Indigenous persons (15.8 per 100,000 and 5.0 per 100,000 respectively).