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released: 4 Apr 2013 author: AIHW media release

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.

ISSN 1444-3791; ISBN 978-1-74249-414-2; Cat. no. INJCAT 146; 73pp.; $13

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
    • 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
      • Fall injury case separations
      • Fall injury inward transfer separations
      • Fall-related follow-up care separations
      • 'Other fall-related' separations
      • '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 Discussion
      • Fall injuries and circumstances
      • The burden of fall-related injury
      • Potential for improved surveillance
  • End matter
    • Appendix: Data issues
      • Data sources
      • ICD-10-AM
      • Selection criteria
      • Calculation of rates
      • Small case counts
      • Errors and inconsistencies
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. Hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia: 2009-10. Injury research and statistics series no. 70. Cat. no. INJCAT 146. Canberra: AIHW.