For more detailed data, see Data tables A18-19.
Falls in residential aged care facilities
In 2019–20, there were 27,900 hospitalisations due to falls that occurred in a residential aged care (RAC) facility among people aged 65 and over, at a rate of 679 hospitalisations per 100,000 people aged 65 and over (Table 9). The definition of an RAC facility used in this report is from the ICD-10-AM and includes nursing homes and retirement villages. Two-thirds (18,500) of hospitalised falls in RAC facilities were for females. Rates increased markedly with age, from 53 hospitalisations per 100,000 for 65–69 year olds to 6,905 per 100,000 for people aged 95 and over.
These rates are per the Australian population aged 65 and over. Another meaningful statistic would be the rate of hospitalised falls among people living in RAC. However due to differences in the classification of residential aged care facilities as a place of occurrence in the hospitalisations data used in this report and available national estimates of the residential aged care population (for example, that used in the AIHW's GEN data (2021f), it is not possible to report the rate of falls hospitalisations within the RAC population here.