The past decade has seen increasing injuries related to extreme weather. In the ten years from 2012–13 to 2021–22 there were 9,119 hospitalisations in Australia with direct evidence of extreme weather-related injury. In three years out of the ten, hospitalisations for this type of injury exceeded 1,000 cases, with extreme heat causing the largest proportion of injuries. From 2011–12 to 2020–21 there were also 677 extreme weather-related injury deaths– an average of 68 per year.
- Cat. no: INJCAT 236
Most extreme weather-related injuries are due to extreme heat
Total extreme weather-related hospitalisations exceeded 1,000 cases on average once every three years since 2013–14
Injury patterns vary with localised weather events and hazards
Opportunities exist to improve surveillance of extreme weather-related injuries