RESPIRATORY DISEASES (J00-J99)
Diseases of the respiratory system (J00-J99) were the underlying cause of 190 Indigenous deaths. This represented 7.9% of all deaths of Indigenous people in 2009, the same proportion as deaths of non-Indigenous people. The median age at death of Indigenous people who died from respiratory diseases was 65.3 years, whereas for non-Indigenous people it was 82.7 years.
The most common types of respiratory disease that contributed to Indigenous deaths were Chronic lower respiratory diseases (J40-J47), which represented 4.9% (119 deaths) of all Indigenous deaths, compared with 4.2% of non-Indigenous deaths.