EXTERNAL CAUSES (V01-Y98)
There were 334 deaths of Indigenous people attributed to External causes (V01-Y98) in 2009. This represented 13.9% of all Indigenous deaths, compared with 6.1% of non-Indigenous deaths attributed to external causes. Of those Indigenous deaths due to external causes, 66.8% were male and 33.2% were female. The median age at death for external causes was 32.4 years for Indigenous people and 53.2 years for non-Indigenous people.
Intentional self-harm (suicide, (X60-X84,Y87.0)) and Land transport accidents (V01-V89, Y85.0) were the two leading external causes of death for Indigenous people in 2009. Suicide accounted for 4.0% (97 deaths) of all Indigenous deaths; 72 were males and 25 were females. Land transport accidents accounted for 3.7% (88 deaths) of all Indigenous deaths; 59 were males and 29 were females.
7.1 Selected underlying causes of death as proportion of total deaths,
By Indigenous status 2009 (b)(c)