Suicide claims most young lives: report

YOUNG people are mainly dying from car accidents and suicide, while Australia's aging population is succumbing mostly to chronic disease, a new report has found.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on the causes of death in Australia shows 147,678 people died in the country in 2013.

It also found chronic disease was the biggest killer of Australians aged 45 or older, with many dying of a combination of diseases.

The report showed coronary heart disease an "associated cause", helping end the lives of half of those who died from diabetes and a quarter of those who died from kidney failure in 2013.

It also revealed children aged one to 14 years old were more likely to die in "land transport accidents" than any cause, while suicide was the leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 44.

The gap in the health of Australians in remote areas also was shown in the death statistics, with the mortality rate for those living in "remote" or "very remote" areas 1.4 times higher than people living in "major cities".

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, call Lifeline on 131 114 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.

Topics:  car crashes mental health suicide

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