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Land, body and spirit—talking about adult mortality in an Aboriginal community


*Menzies School of Health Research, PO Box 41096, Casuarina, NT 0811. Fax (089) 27 5187.


Abstract: The aim of this article is to describe a classificatory framework, ‘Land, body and spirit’, which addresses the underlying causes of disease and which has proved useful in discussing with Northern Territory Aboriginal communities the causes and possible responses to premature adult deaths. Pie charts displaying proportional mortality ratios according to underlying cause of death, age and sex have also proved useful in such discussions.