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released: 5 May 2011 author: AIHW media release

Chronic diseases are major contributors to the mortality gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians. About 80% of the mortality gap for people aged 35 to 74 years is due to chronic diseases, measured in terms of potential years of life lost. The major contributors are heart diseases, diabetes, liver diseases, chronic lower respiratory disease, cerebrovascular diseases and cancer.

ISBN 978-1-74249-144-8; Cat. no. IHW 48; 46pp.; INTERNET ONLY

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso title
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Summary
  • Body content
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Methods
      • 2.1 Mortality and population data
      • 2.2 The mortality gap
      • 2.3 Chronic diseases
      • 2.4 The structure of the analysis
    • 3 Results
      • 3.1 Estimating the mortality gap
      • 3.2 The contribution of chronic diseases
      • 3.3 The contribution of major disease groups
      • 3.4 The contribution of specific disease groups and some alternative disease groups
        • Persons aged 35–74 years
        • Males aged 35–54 years
        • Males aged 55–74 years
        • Females aged 35–54 years
        • Females aged 55–74 years
    • 4 Discussion
      • 4.1 Overview
      • 4.2 Specific diseases
      • 4.3 Closing the gap
  • End matter
    • Appendix 1: Assumptions and terminology
      • Underlying cause of death
      • Potential years of life lost
      • Choosing the age limits of 35 and 75 years
      • Indigenous and 'other Australians'
      • State of registration
      • Notes for the interpretation of tables
    • Appendix 2: Classification of chronic diseases
    • Appendix 3: Deaths, PYLL and PYLL rates for tables 4 to 13
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Contribution of chronic disease to the gap in mortality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Cat. no. IHW 48. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 26 October 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737418878>.