Northern Territory residents are more likely to die traumatic deaths than other Australians.
Northern Territory residents are more likely to die traumatic deaths than other Australians.

NT residents more likely to die traumatic deaths

TOP Enders are far more likely to die traumatically than other Australians, and the dreaded tropical affliction "mango madness" as well as excessive alcohol consumption may be to blame.

A study of traumatic deaths in the Top End by researchers at Royal Darwin Hospital and the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre found tropical Territorians die violently at a rate of 58.7 per 100,000.

Researchers found a clear seasonal link to mortality - Top Enders were 2.5 times more likely to die in a transport incident in the dry season than in the Wet.

But the wet season was the peak time for deaths by assault and suicide. The report found suicide deaths were 1.6 times more likely in the wet season and assault deaths 3.3 times more likely.

Thermal physiologist Matt Brearley, who worked on the study, said the seasonal effect was more pronounced than researchers expected. He said while it was too early to say for sure if mango madness was killing us, anecdotal evidence from tropical workers showed heat often led to hot tempers.

More on this at NT News

News Corp Australia


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