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released: 1 Jun 2012 author: Bradley C media release

This report is the fifth in a series on hospitalisations due to falls by Australians aged 65 and older and focuses on 2008-09. For the first time in this report series, the rate of hospitalised fall injuries involving older females exceeded 3,000 per 100,000 population. The incidence of injury has continued to increase substantially over the decade to June 2009, despite a sustained decrease in the rate of hip fractures due to falls. Of note, falls that resulted in head injuries and those described as an 'other fall on same level' increased significantly over the study period.

ISSN 1444-3791; ISBN 978-1-74249-304-6; Cat. no. INJCAT 138; 86pp.; Internet Only


Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • This report
    • 2 Fall injury incidence
      • Age and sex
      • Injury type
      • Severity
      • Geographical distribution
    • 3 Circumstances of fall injury cases
      • Place of occurrence
      • Activity when fall occurred
    • 4 The burden of injury due to falls
      • Fall injury inward transfer separations
      • Fall-related follow-up care separations
      • ‘Other fall-related’ separations
      • ‘Tendency to fall’ separations
    • 5 Procedures
      • Procedures listed in fall injury case separations
      • Procedures listed in fall injury inward transfer separations
      • Procedures listed in fall-related follow-up care separations
      • Procedures listed in ‘other fall-related’ separations
      • Procedures listed in ‘tendency to fall’ separations
    • 6 Length of stay
      • Fall injury case separations
      • Fall injury transfer separations
      • Fall-related follow-up care separations
      • ‘Other fall-related’ and ‘tendency to fall’ separations
      • All fall-related separations
      • Total mean length of stay
    • 7 Trends over time
      • Trends: all cases
      • Trends: hip fractures and other fractures
      • Trends: body region
      • Trends: external cause
      • Trends: place of occurrence
      • Trends: state or territory of usual residence
      • Trends: remoteness of usual residence
      • Trends: ‘other fall-related’ separations
      • Trends: length of stay
    • 8 Discussion
      • Fall injuries and circumstances
      • The burden of fall-related injury
      • Trends for fall-related hospital care
      • Potential for improved surveillance
  • End matter
    • Appendix: Data issues
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

Bradley C 2012. Hospitalisations due to falls in older people, Australia 2008-09. Injury research and statistics series no. 62. Cat. no. INJCAT 138. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 22 July 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737421923>.

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