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released: 4 Mar 2009 author: AIHW National Injury Surveillance Unit media release

This report is the second in a series of biennial reports on hospitalisations due to falls by older people in Australia. The report focuses on hospitalised falls occurring in the financial year 2005-06 and examines trends in fall-related hospitalisations over the period 1999-2006. The number of fall events resulting in hospitalisation due to injury for older Australians remains high and the rate of fall-related injury incidents is particularly high for the oldest group within this population. As in the previous report, older females accounted for most of the hospitalised fall injury cases and a third of cases had injuries to the hip and thigh. Half of all fall injury cases for people aged 65 years and older occurred in the home. Falls in residential institutions were also common. Age-standardised rates of hospitalised fall-related injury separations have increased over the seven year study period to June 2006, despite a decrease in the rate for femur fractures due to falls. The estimated total length of stay per fall injury case has also increased over the period 1999-2006, apparently influenced by increases in the number of bed-days used by episodes of fall-related follow-up care.

ISSN 1444-3791; ISBN 978 1 74024 879 2; Cat. no. INJCAT 122; 56pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Summary
      • Hospitalised falls 2005-06
      • Trends in hospitalised fall-related injury 1999-2006
  • Body sections
    1. Introduction
    2. Fall injury incidence
      • Age and sex
      • Injury type
      • Fractures
      • Geographical distribution
    3. Circumstances of fall injury cases
      • Place of occurrence
        • Aged care facilities
      • Activity
      • Procedures involved in fall cases
    4. Fall injury inward transfers
    5. The burden of injury due to falls
      • Fall-related follow-up care
        • Diagnosis types
      • Length of stay
        • Fall injury case separations
        • Fall injury inward transfer separations
        • Fall-related follow-up care separations
      • 'Other fall-related' separations
    6. Trends in fall hospitalisations
    7. Discussion
      • Falls injuries and circumstances
      • The burden of fall-related injury
      • Trends in falls hospitalisations
  • End matter
    • Data issues
      • Data sources
      • ICD-10-AM
      • Selection criteria
        • Fall cases and inward transfer separations (groups 1 and 2)
        • Follow-up care separations due to falls (group 3)
        • Other separations related to falls (group 4)
      • Calculation of rates
      • Small case count issues
      • Errors, inconsistencies and uncertainties
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW National Injury Surveillance Unit 2009. Hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia 2005-06. Injury research and statistics series no. 50. Cat. no. INJCAT 122. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 22 November 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468218>.