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released: 5 May 2011 author: AIHW media release

Indigenous Australians experience much higher death rates than the non-Indigenous Australians across all age groups and for all major causes of death. In 2004-2008, the age-standardised death rate for Indigenous males was 1.9 times the rate for non-Indigenous males while for Indigenous females it was 2 times the rate of non-Indigenous females. Indigenous life expectancy for 2005-07 was estimated to be 67.2 years for males, 11.5 years lower than for non-Indigenous males, and 72.9 years for females, which was 9.7 years lower than for non-Indigenous females.

ISBN 978-1-74249-146-2; Cat. no. IHW 51; 30pp.; Internet Only


Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary pages
    • Title and verso title
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Summary
  • Body content
    • Introduction
    • Mortality data and analyses
      • Indigenous status in mortality data
      • Sources of life expectancy estimates and mortality data
      • Issues related to analysis of levels and trends of mortality
        • All-cause mortality
        • Cause-specific mortality
        • Trend data
      • Population data
    • Indigenous life expectancy
    • All-cause mortality
      • Causes of death
        • Age-specific causes of death
        • External causes of death
    • Trends in mortality
      • Discussion
  • End matter
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes

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  1. (21 May 2011) Addition of a text box in Page 5 (this was added to explain the impact of using 2006 Census-based population denominator on mortality rates). Removal of a sentence from Box 1 (this was to correct an error in the linkage methodology described in the text box)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Life expectancy and mortality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Cat. no. IHW 51. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 22 August 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737418927>.

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