1.23 Leading causes of mortality

This measure reports on the leading causes of mortality for Indigenous Australians.

Why is it important?

This measure reports on the main causes of death. Death rates are a useful measure of the overall health status of a population, or to measure improvements over time. The gap between the Indigenous and non‑Indigenous populations for particular causes of death provides an indication of the prevention, prevalence and management of particular diseases, helping to determine the diseases that have most affect Indigenous Australians (AHMAC 2017).

Related measures

Data sources

  • National Mortality Database


  • AHMAC 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report. Canberra: AHMAC.