Health-related behaviours as predictors of mortality and morbidity in Australian Aborigines

Burke, V., Zhao, Y., Lee, A. H., Hunter, E., Spargo, R. M., Gracey M., Smith, R. M., Beilin, L. J. and Puddey, I. B. (2007) Health-related behaviours as predictors of mortality and morbidity in Australian Aborigines. Preventive Medicine, 44 2: 135-142. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2006.09.008

Author Burke, V.
Zhao, Y.
Lee, A. H.
Hunter, E.
Spargo, R. M.
Gracey M.
Smith, R. M.
Beilin, L. J.
Puddey, I. B.
Title Health-related behaviours as predictors of mortality and morbidity in Australian Aborigines
Journal name Preventive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-7435
Publication date 2007-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2006.09.008
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 44
Issue 2
Start page 135
End page 142
Total pages 8
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract

To examine predictors of coronary heart disease (CHD) and all-cause mortality in Aboriginal Australians.


In 1988–89, a survey of Western Australian Aborigines (256 women, 258 men) aged 15–88 years documented diet, alcohol and smoking habits. Linkage to mortality and hospital admissions to the end of 2002 provided longitudinal data for modelling of coronary heart disease endpoints and all-cause mortality using Cox regression.


Coronary heart disease risk increased with smoking (HR 2.62, 95% CI: 1.19, 5.75), consumption of processed meats > once/week (HR 2.21, 95% CI: 1.05, 4.63), eggs > twice/week (HR 2.59, 95% CI: 1.11, 6.04) and using spreads on bread (HR 3.14. 95% CI: 1.03, 9.61). All-cause mortality risk was lower with exercise > once/week (HR 0.51, 95% CI 0.26, 1.05), increased in ex-drinkers (HR 3.66, 95% CI: 1.08, 12.47), heavy drinkers (HR5.26, 95% CI: 1.46, 7.52) and with consumption of takeaway foods > nine times/month (HR 1.78, 95% CI 0.96, 3.29). Greater alcohol intake, smoking and adverse dietary choices clustered in 53% of men and 56% of women and increased risk of coronary heart disease (HR 2.1, 95% CI: 1.1, 4.0) and all-cause mortality (HR 2.3, 95% CI: 1.2, 4.2).


Lifestyle in Aboriginal Australians predicts coronary heart disease and all-cause mortality. Clustering of adverse behaviours is common and increases risk of coronary heart disease and death.
Keyword Aborigines
Coronary heart disease
All-cause mortality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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