Indigenous mortality in remote Queensland, Australia

Andreasyan, Karen, Hoy, Wendy E. and Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Srinivas (2007) Indigenous mortality in remote Queensland, Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 31 5: 422-427. doi:10.1111/j.1753-6405.2007.00112.x

Author Andreasyan, Karen
Hoy, Wendy E.
Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Srinivas
Title Indigenous mortality in remote Queensland, Australia
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-0200
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2007.00112.x
Volume 31
Issue 5
Start page 422
End page 427
Total pages 6
Place of publication Carlton, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 730206 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
321202 Epidemiology
11 Medical and Health Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Formatted abstract

To quantify Indigenous mortality, compare it with non-Indigenous mortality, and identify causes of excess Indigenous mortality by remoteness in Queensland, 1997–2000.


Cross-sectional survey of all deaths of Queensland residents registered in Australia during the study period.

Main outcome measures: 

Mortality rates were standardised to the concurrent non-Indigenous population and categorised by age and sex.


Death rates in Indigenous people were higher in remote areas. The difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous mortality was also highest in remote areas. The leading causes of deaths were ischaemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus, respiratory diseases, malignant neoplasms, and injury, which accounted for more than 60% of excess deaths.


Despite limitations with Indigenous identification, particularly in urban areas, Indigenous people, compared with the non-Indigenous population, have elevated mortality rates that increase by remoteness. This is in agreement with past work. To the extent that some of the causes of excess mortality can be attributed to lifestyle conditions, the health of Indigenous Australians can be substantially improved.

Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Australian Aborigines
Death rates
Excess mortality
Urban population
Rural population
Aboriginal mortality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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