1.05 Circulatory disease

This measure reports on prevalence, incidence, hospitalisations and deaths caused by circulatory disease.

Why is it important?

Circulatory diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality for Indigenous Australians. They are more common among Indigenous than non-Indigenous Australians, and tend to occur at younger ages (AIHW 2015; Bradshaw et al. 2011; Brown 2012; Katzenellenbogen et al. 2014).

Related measures

Data sources

  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • Australian Health Survey
  • Family Medicine Research Centre, University of Sydney, BEACH data
  • National Hospital Morbidity Database


  • AIHW 2015. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease—Australian facts: risk factors. Cardiovascular, diabetes and chronic kidney disease series no. 4. Cat. no. CDK 004. Canberra: AIHW.
  • Bradshaw PJ, Alfonso HS, Finn J, Owen J & Thompson PL 2011. A comparison of coronary heart disease event rates among urban Australian Aboriginal people and a matched non‑Aboriginal population. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 65:315–9.
  • Brown A 2012. Addressing cardiovascular inequalities among Indigenous Australians. Global Cardiology Science and Practice 12.
  • Katzenellenbogen JM, Knuiman MW, Sanfilippo FM, Hobbs MS & Thompson SC 2014. Prevalence of stroke and coexistent conditions: disparities between Indigenous and non‑Indigenous Western Australians. International Journal of Stroke 9/A100:61–8.