Priority populations

Some children disproportionately experience more instances of, and impacts from injuries. First Nations people, and those living in rural and remote parts of Australia have higher rates of injury hospitalisation and emergency department (ED) presentation.

Other groups of children and adolescents may also have higher rates of injury, however they cannot be identified using available hospitals data and/or corresponding population data. These groups may include and are not limited to children and adolescents:

  • with siblings (Piotrowski & Warda 2021)
  • with special needs such as disabilities or mental health issues (CDC 2022)
  • who are culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) (AIHW 2022c)
  • that are refugees and humanitarian entrants (AIHW 2023b)
  • in areas of greater socioeconomic disadvantage (AIHW 2023c)
  • in the youth justice and state and territory child protection systems (Shepherd et al. 2018).

For more information about CALD populations and refugee and humanitarian entrants provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), refer to: