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Hospitalised injuries in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people: 2011–13

This report provides information about hospitalised injuries among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people (0 to 24 years). The most common specific cause of injury among Indigenous children and young people was a fall (24%). Assault was the leading cause of hospitalisation for Indigenous people aged 15–17 and 18–24 years.

Trends in serious injury due to road vehicle traffic crashes, Australia: 2001 to 2010

This report shows that rates for people seriously injured due to a road traffic crash rose from 141.6 to 146.4 per 100,000 population. Over one-quarter (26%) sustained life-threatening injuries.  Rates of life-threatening injury involving motorcycle riders and pedal cycle riders rose significantly over this period, while rates involving passengers of motor vehicles and pedestrians fell.

Trends in hospitalised injury, Australia: 1999–00 to 2012–13

This report shows that the rate of injury hospitalised cases in Australia rose from 1999–00 to 2012–13 by an average of 1% per year. In 2012–13, case numbers and rates were higher for males than females for all age groups to 60–64, and higher for females for age groups 65–69 and older.

Trends in injury deaths, Australia: 1999–00 to 2009–10

This report focuses on trends in deaths due to injury and poisoning that occurred over the period 1999–00 to 2009–10 and shows that: The age-standardised rate of injury deaths decreased by an average of 3% per year between 1999–00 and 2004–05 and changed little after that; Rates of injury deaths involving transport injury, drowning, thermal injury, suicide and homicide, tended to decline from 1999–00 to 2007–08, while rates of poisoning deaths involving pharmaceuticals fell sharply to 2001–02 before rising again;Rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were 2 to 3 times as high as rates for Other Australians over the period from 1999–00 to 2007–08.

Injury deaths data, Australia: technical report on issues associated with reporting for reference years 1999–2010

This technical report is a companion to the statistical report Trends in injury deaths, Australia 1999–00 to 2009–10 and provides additional information on data sources and methods.When comparing estimates of injury deaths based on Cause of Death Unit Record Files (CODURFs), produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) with other supplementary sources of information for external causes of injury mortality, CODURF based estimates for particular major external causes were consistent with estimates based on supplementary sources for several reference years before 2003 and from 2006 onwards, but differ to a noteworthy extent for several external causes from 2003 to 2006.

Suicide and hospitalised self-harm in Australia: trends and analysis

This report describes suicide and hospitalised self-harm in Australia.Suicide occurring in 2010–11 is described statistically, and trends are shown for the period from the early 1920s. Patterns of suicide over time were also examined for selected birth cohorts.Hospitalised intentional self-harm in 2010–11 is also described, and trends are examined for the period from 1999–00. Both suicide and hospitalised intentional self-harm are analysed by mechanism of injury, sex, age group, Indigenous status and other factors.

Hospitalised injury in children and young people 2011-12

The aim of this report is to provide information about serious hospitalised injury in Australian children and young people aged 0 to 24 years. The report takes a developmental stage approach to examining injury acknowledging that age and injury are more closely linked at some periods of life (for example, early childhood and young adulthood).

Australian sports injury hospitalisations 2011-12

During 2011-12, over 36,000 people aged 15 and over were hospitalised as the result of an injury sustained while playing sport. This represented 8% of all injury hospitalisations during that year. Around two thirds of those admitted to hospital were aged under 35 and over three quarters were men.

Hospitalised injuries in older Australians: 2011-12

This report focuses on the most frequent causes of hospitalisations due to injury sustained by Australians, aged 65 years or older, during the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. Whilst the vast majority of hospitalisations were due to falls, the report focuses on other injuries (such as unintentional poisoning by medications) and it may be useful for guiding and improving policy aimed at reducing those other injuries and for targeting investment in injury prevention strategies.

Trends in hospitalised injury, Australia: 1999-00 to 2010-11

This report focuses on trends in hospitalisations due to injury and poisoning that occurred over the period 1999-00 to 2010-11. Information is also presented on the incidence of hospitalised injury in the financial year 2010-11.Age-standardised rates of injury cases increased from 1999-00 to 2010-11 by an average of 1% per year. Increases per year across the period were found for injuries due to: falls (2%), intentional self-harm (1), assaults (0.5%) and other unintentional injuries (1.4%). Significant decreases occurred in the rate of hospitalisations due to poisoning by pharmaceuticals (5%) and by other substances (4%), and drowning and near drowning (1%, and 3% for children 0-4).Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people rates of injury increased from 3,268 cases per 100,000 population in 2007-08 to 3,708 per 100,000 in 2010-11. Analysis of different injury types revealed increases in rates of poisoning by pharmaceuticals, falls, intentional self-harm and other unintentional injuries during this time.

Injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to transport: 2005-06 to 2009-10

This report looks at death and serious injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia due to transport accidents in the five-year period 2005-06 to 2009-10. Land transport accidents accounted for 26% of all fatal injury cases and 9% of all serious injury cases for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The age-standardised rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was 2.8 times the rate for Other Australians for fatal cases, and 1.3 times the rate for Other Australians for serious injuries.

Trends in hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia 1999-00 to 2010-11

This report focuses on trends in fall-related hospital care for people aged 65 and older from 1999-00 to 2010-11.  While age-standardised rates of fall injury cases increased over the 12 years to June 2011, the rate of hip fractures due to falls decreased. The patient days for hospital care directly attributable to fall-related injury doubled over the study period.

Impact of improvements to Indigenous identification in hospital data on patterns of hospitalised injury

This report examines the effects of improvements in Indigenous identification in hospitals data on patterns of hospitalised injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The inclusion of hospitalisation data from New South Wales and Victoria has led to a change in the injury profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which appears to be driven by the differences in remoteness between the two groupings.

Obesity and injury in the National Hospital Morbidity Database

Obesity and injury are major health burdens on society. This report studies the feasibility of using the National Hospital Morbidity Database to investigate the relationship between obesity and hospitalised injury in Australia. The database does not currently provide a reliable basis for measuring obesity among admitted patients or for assessing the characteristics of injury cases with obesity. Inclusion of height and weight information in separations data would enable analysis of the effects of body mass index on injury occurrence, treatment and outcomes.

Hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia: 2009-10

This report is the sixth in a series on hospitalisations due to falls by Australians aged 65 and over, and focuses on 2009-10.The estimated number of hospitalised injury cases due to falls in older people was 83,800 - more than 5,100 extra cases than in 2008-09 - and about 70% of these falls happened in either the home or an aged care facility.One in every 10 days spent in hospital by a person aged 65 and older in 2009-10 was directly attributable to an injurious fall (1.3 million patient days over the year), and the average total length of stay per fall injury case was estimated to be 15.5 days.

Serious childhood community injury in New South Wales 2009-10

This report provides summary data on hospitalised injury of children and young people (aged 0-17 years) in New South Wales from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010. During the 12 months, more than 23,000 children and young people were hospitalised as a result of an injury. Falls were the most commonly reported cause of hospitalised injury (39% of cases), and these frequently involved playground equipment. Transport injuries were also common (14%).

Hospitalised interpersonal violence and perpetrator coding, Australia 2002-05

This report describes episodes of hospitalised interpersonal violence in the 3 years (2002-03 to 2004-05) after the introduction of perpetrator coding in Australia in 2002. It also provides a technical demonstration of the type of analysis that is possible using perpetrator codes. During 2002-03 to 2004-05, 60,926 people were hospitalised and three-quarters of them were male. The most common reported type of interpersonal violence was Assault by bodily force, accounting for just over half of all cases (55%). Unspecified person was recorded as the perpetrator in 57% of cases aggregated over the 3 years.

Hospital separations due to injury and poisoning, Australia 2009-10

This report is the eighth in a series on hospitalisations due to injury and poisoning in Australia, and covers the financial year 2009-10. A total of 421,065 injury cases required hospitalisation during the 12 months (242,478 males and 178,586 females). Overall rates of injury were higher among people aged 65 and over, and lower in children aged 0-14. The leading causes of hospitalised injury were unintentional falls (38% of cases), followed by transport accidents (13%).

Trends in hospitalised childhood injury in Australia 1999-07

This report provides summary data on trends in hospitalised childhood injury for 1 July 1999 to 30 June 2007. Information is provided for three age groups (0-4, 5-9 and 10-14 year-olds) for each year. Falls and other unintentional injuries were the most frequent causes of hospitalised injury in each age group.

Hospital separations due to injury and poisoning, Australia 2008-09

This report is the seventh in a series on hospitalisations due to injury and poisoning in Australia, and covers the financial year 2008-09. A total of 412,985 injury cases required hospitalisation during the 12 months (239,345 males and 173,637 females). Overall rates of injury were higher among people aged 65 and over, and lower in children aged 0-14. The leading causes of hospitalised injury were unintentional falls (38% of cases), followed by transport accidents (14%).

Hospital separations due to injury and poisoning, Australia 2006-07

This report is the fifth in a series on hospitalisations due to injury and poisoning in Australia, and covers the financial year 2006-07. A total of 386,208 injury cases required hospitalisation in the 12 months (225,297 males and 160,905 females). Overall rates of injury were higher among people aged 65 and over, and lower in children aged 0-14. The leading causes of hospitalised injury were unintentional falls (36% of cases), followed by transport accidents (14%).

Hospital separations due to injury and poisoning, Australia 2007-08

This report is the sixth in a series on hospitalisations due to injury and poisoning in Australia, and covers the financial year 2007-08. A total of 394,505 injury cases required hospitalisation in the 12 months (230,676 males and 163,823 females). Overall rates of injury were higher among people aged 65 and over, and lower in children aged 0-14. The leading causes of hospitalised injury were unintentional falls (37% of cases), followed by transport accidents (14%).

Serious injury due to land transport accidents, Australia 2007-08

This report presents findings on serious injury, due to land transport accidents in 2007-08. There is a focus on road vehicle traffic crashes which accounted for nearly two-thirds of all serious injury. Land transport accidents accounted for 0.7% of all hospitalisations and 10.9% of all hospitalisations due to injury in Australia during 2007-08. For traffic (on-road) accidents, 48.5% of those seriously injured were car occupants, 23.1% were motorcyclists and 14.8% were pedal cyclists.

Trends in serious injury due to land transport accidents, Australia 2000-01 to 2008-09

Over the 9-year period from 2000-01 to 2008-09, age-standardised rates for persons seriously injured due to a road traffic crash increased from 138.3 to 156.7 per 100,000 population, an average annual increase of 1.6%. Over one-quarter (26%) of those seriously injured due to road traffic crashes sustained life-threatening injuries over the 9-year period from 2000-01 to 2008-09.

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