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Indigenous Australians more likely to die from coronary heart disease (CHD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than non-Indigenous Australians, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
CHD and COPD are the leading causes of morbidity, disability and mortality among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who have poorer outcomes from these diseases than non-Indigenous Australians.
There was also some encouraging news in the report, with rates of smoking among Indigenous adults declining, with the proportion who smoked daily falling from 51% to 44% between 2001 and 2012-13 according to AIHW spokesperson, Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman.
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare