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Trends in Indigenous mortality and life expectancy 2001-2015: evidence from the Enhanced Mortality Database

Posted on: 18 December, 2017
Issue: Vol 17 No 4, October 2017 – December 2017
Related to Deaths

Dugbaza T, Al-Yaman F, Dixon T, Solon R, Choi C, Hyndman R, Smith L (2017)
Trends in Indigenous mortality and life expectancy 2001-2015: evidence from the Enhanced Mortality Database
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report covers phase four of the Enhanced Mortality Database (EMD) project. It updates the first EMD report (2012) which covered the period from 2001 to 2006. This report uses an improved methodology to re-examine Indigenous life expectancy estimates for 2001-2006 as well as presenting mortality and life expectancy estimates for 2006-2010 and 2011-2015.

The purpose of this report is to present key indicators of mortality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including an alternative method of estimating life expectancy that complements the existing method used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).The EMD method also enables estimates to be made for jurisdictions such as Victoria and South Australia with small Indigenous populations, for which official life expectancy estimates are currently not available.

The report examines the levels, age-sex patterns and trends in Indigenous mortality and life expectancy based on the enhanced deaths data created using the EMD method. It also assesses the robustness of the estimates and the importance of population denominators and changing Indigenous identification on the estimation of Indigenous mortality and life expectancy measures. The report compares Indigenous and non-Indigenous mortality and life expectancy and how they are changing over time and provides detail on the various contributors to the life expectancy gap.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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