During 2013–2017, the mortality rate ratio for rheumatic heart disease among Indigenous versus non-Indigenous persons in Australia was 15.9, reflecting health inequity. Using excess mortality methods, we found that deaths associated with rheumatic heart disease among Indigenous Australians were probably substantially under-counted, affecting accuracy of calculations based solely on Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-150
Number of pages5
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number1
Early online date16 Dec 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024


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