3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Deaths of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Persons >> Diseases of the Digestive System (K00-K93)


Diseases of the digestive system (K00-K93) were the underlying cause of 158 Indigenous deaths, which represented 6.6% of all deaths of Indigenous people in 2009, compared with 3.5% of deaths of non-Indigenous people. The median age at death of Indigenous people who died from diseases of the digestive system in 2009 was 53.3 years, whereas for non-Indigenous people, it was 80.8 years.

The most common type of digestive disease that contributed to Indigenous deaths were Diseases of the liver (K70-K77), which represented 4.2% (101 deaths) of all Indigenous deaths, compared with 1.0% of non-Indigenous deaths.

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