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NPA Health Profile

Rates of diabetes mortality for Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area Health and Hospital Service were significantly higher than those for Queensland with rates 843 per cent higher.

In the period 2005/06, approximately 45 per cent of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women in Torres Strait and the Northern Peninsula Area smoked during pregnancy.

From 2003 to 2005, 62 per cent of deaths occurring in people aged less than 75 years of age were considered to have been potentially avoidable.

In 2006, Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area Health and Hospital Service accounted for 10 per cent of chlamydia cases, 15 per cent of the gonorrhoea cases and 26 per cent of the infectious syphilis cases for North Queensland.

The average age of death for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander residents in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area was higher than for non-Indigenous residents for the period 2002-2005.

The average age of death of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander males was 58 years compared to 56 years for non-indigenous males in the Northern Peninsula Area.

The average age of death of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander females was 68 years compared to 52 years for non-indigenous femalesin the Northern Peninsula Area.

Compared to the rest of Queensland however the average age of death is significantly lower than non-indigenous residents in the rest of Queensland.

The average age of death for non-indigenous males is 76 years and the average age of death for non-indigenous females is 82. This represents a mortality gap of 18 years and 14 years respectively.