• Print

released: 2 Dec 2016 author: AIHW: Pointer S & Tovell A

This report provides information on cases of burn injury requiring hospitalisation in Australia. While burn injuries make up a small fraction (1%) of all hospitalisations for injury, they are often the most serious and result in numerous re-admissions and long lengths of stay. In 2013–14 there were 5,430 cases of hospitalised burn injury of which about two-thirds were male. Almost half of all cases (45%) were caused by contact with heat and hot substances such as hot drinks, food, fats and cooking oils.

ISSN 1444-3791; ISBN 978-1-76054-041-8; Cat. no. INJCAT 178; 76pp.; $13

Order printed copy

Full publication

Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
      • Severity
      • Causes
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Burn classification
      • Burns Registry of Australia and New Zealand
      • Methods and data sources
      • Burn injury case estimation
      • What data are reported?
      • Structure of this report
    • 2 Overview of hospitalised burn injury in 2013–14
      • Age and sex
      • Causes of burn injury
      • Thickness and size of burn injury
      • Body region
      • Remoteness of usual residence
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      • Place and activity
    • 3 Severity of burn injury
      • Length of stay
      •  Intensive care
      • Deaths
      • High threat to life
    • 4 Causes of burn injuries
      • Exposure to smoke, fire and flames
      • Contact with heat and hot substances
      • Other external causes of burn injury
    • 5 Procedures
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Data issues
    • Appendix B: Additional tables
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW: Pointer S & Tovell A 2016. Hospitalised burn injuries Australia 2013–14. Injury research and statistics series no. 102. Cat. no. INJCAT 178. Canberra: AIHW.

Request an alternative format

Please contact us if you need information from the website presented in an alternative format for accessibility reasons.