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released: 1 Jun 2012 author: Bradley C media release

This report is the fourth in a series on hospitalisations due to falls by Australians aged 65 and older. It focuses on 2007-08 and includes estimates of the cost to the hospital system due to serious falls. As in the previous reports, most falls were sustained by females. About one-third of all cases were for injuries to the hip and thigh, and a fall on the same level due to slipping, tripping and stumbling was the most common cause of hospitalisation. Acute admitted patient care due to fall injuries in 2007-08 was estimated to have cost more than $648 million.

ISSN 1444-3791; ISBN 978-1-74249-303-9; Cat. no. INJCAT 137; 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 transfers
      • Fall-related follow-up care separations
      • ‘Other fall-related’ separations
      • ‘Tendency to fall’ separations
    • 5 Length of stay
      • Fall injury case separations
      • Fall injury inward transfer separations
      • Fall-related follow-up care separations
      • ‘Other fall-related’ and ‘tendency to fall’ separations
      • All fall-related hospitalisations
      • Total mean length of stay
    • 6 Estimated costs
      • Methods
      • The cost of hospital care for falls by older people
      • Costs by AR-DRG groupings
    • 7 Discussion
      • Fall injuries and circumstances
      • The burden of fall-related injury
      • The cost of fall-related hospital care
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Data issues
    • Appendix B: Additional tables
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

Bradley C 2012. Hospitalisations due to falls in older people, Australia 2007-08. Injury research and statistics series no. 61. Cat. no. INJCAT 137. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 21 July 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737421931>.

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