20 top causes of death in Australia

Heart disease and stroke remain the leading causes of death in Australia, despite great progress over the last decade, according to latest figures from the ABS.

Diabetes has meanwhile moved from 9th spot  to become the sixth leading cause of death , responsible for 4,239 deaths in 2012.

At the less-common end of the spectrum, 38 people were killed by firearms (excluding self-harm), three were killed by venomous snakes and lizards, one by a dog and one by a crocodile or alligator. One person was killed by lightning.

Together, the top 20 disease groups were responsible for 67% of all deaths in

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