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Title: Burden of disease and injury in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations in the Northern Territory.
Authors: Zhao, Yuejen
Guthridge, Steve
Magnus, Anne
Vos, Theo
Affiliation: Health Gains Planning, Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services, Casuarina, NT. yuejen.zhao@nt.gov.au.
Issue Date: 17-May-2004
Citation: The Medical journal of Australia 2004-05-17; 180(10): 498-502
Abstract: To quantify the burden of disease and injury for the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations in the Northern Territory. Analysis of Northern Territory data for 1 January 1994 to 30 December 1998 from multiple sources. Disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs), by age, sex, cause and Aboriginality. Cardiovascular disease was the leading contributor (14.9%) to the total burden of disease and injury in the NT, followed by mental disorders (14.5%) and malignant neoplasms (11.2%). There was also a substantial contribution from unintentional injury (10.4%) and intentional injury (4.9%). Overall, the NT Aboriginal population had a rate of burden of disease 2.5 times higher than the non-Aboriginal population; in the 35-54-year age group their DALY rate was 4.1 times higher. The leading causes of disease burden were cardiovascular disease for both Aboriginal men (19.1%) and women (15.7%) and mental disorders for both non-Aboriginal men (16.7%) and women (22.3%). A comprehensive assessment of fatal and non-fatal conditions is important in describing differentials in health status of the NT population. Our study provides comparative data to identify health priorities and facilitate a more equitable distribution of health funding.
URI: http://docs.prosentient.com.au/prosentientjspui/handle/1/10523
ISSN: 0025-729X
Type: Comparative Study
Journal Article
Subjects: Adolescent
Adult
Age Distribution
Aged
Child
Child, Preschool
Continental Population Groups
Female
Humans
Infant
Infant, Newborn
Male
Middle Aged
Northern Territory
Oceanic Ancestry Group
Sex Distribution
Survival Rate
Wounds and Injuries
Cost of Illness
Quality-Adjusted Life Years
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