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The ‘Other unintentional injuries’ category includes information on hospitalisations and injury deaths not categorised elsewhere on this website—that is, not principally caused by falls, transport accidents, submersion or drowning, accidental poisoning, contact with objects, contact with living things (excluding venomous animals and plants), or thermal causes.
In 2017–18, 13% of hospitalised injury cases and 12% of injury deaths were due to other unintentional injuries.
The causes of hospitalised injury in this category include:
In 2017–18, other unintentional injuries resulted in:
71,208 hospitalisation cases
287 per 100,000 population
6.3 per 100,000 population
This article only includes data on injuries that result in hospital admission or death. If a person dies from an injury after being admitted to hospital, both the hospitalisation and the death is included in this report. For more information, see Defining injury hospitalisation cases and injury deaths.
Table 1 shows the types of other unintentional injuries which most commonly caused hospitalisation in 2017–18.
Rate (per 100,000)
Overexertion, travel and privation (includes dehydration and lack of other basic necessities) (X50–57)
Contact with venomous animals and plants (X20–29)
Exposure to forces of nature (includes such storms, floods, heatwaves) (X30–39)
Exposure to electric current, radiation and extreme ambient air temperature and pressure (W85–99)
Other accidental threats to breathing (W75–W84)
Other or unspecified (X58–59)
Source: AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database.
For more detailed data, see Data tables B17–18.
Between 2008–09 and 2016–17, there was an annual average decrease of 0.1% in hospitalisation rates and an annual average decrease of 1.1% in death rates due to other unintentional causes of injury (Figure 1). Annual average rate changes are calculated using modelled age-standardised rates (see Technical notes for more details).
Because of changes in data collection methods, hospitalisation rates for 2017–18 are not included and should not be compared with rates for previous years (see Technical notes for more details).
The visualisation features 2 matching line graphs on separate tabs, 1 for hospitalisation cases and 1 for deaths. The 3 lines represent the trend for males, females and persons from 2008–09 to 2016–17 for hospitalisation cases and to 2017–18 for deaths. The reader can select to display rate per 100,000 population or number, and can select by life-stage age group including all ages.
For more detailed data, see Data tables C1–4 and E1–4.
Injury hospitalisation and death rates differ for males and females, especially for certain age groups (Figure 2). In 2017–18:
The visualisation features 2 matching column graphs on separate tabs, 1 for hospitalisation cases and 1 for deaths. The columns represent sex within 6 life-stage age groups. The reader can select to display either age-specific rate per 100,000 population or number. The default displays males and females and the reader can also select to display persons.
For more detailed data, see Data tables A1–3 and D1–3.
Three measures that may indicate the severity of a hospitalised injury are length of stay, percentage of cases with time in an intensive care unit (ICU), and percentage of cases involving continuous ventilator support.
The average duration of a hospital stay for other unintentional injuries was shorter than the overall average length of stay for all hospitalised injuries, and the percentages of cases that included time in an ICU or involved continuous ventilator support were lower than the overall percentage for hospitalised injuries (Table 2).
Other unintentional injury
All hospitalised injuries
Average number of days in hospital
% of cases with time in an ICU
% of cases involving continuous ventilator support
Note: Average number of days in hospital (length of stay) includes admissions that are transfers from 1 hospital to another or transfers from 1 admitted care type to another within the same hospital, except where care involves rehabilitation procedures.
In 2017–18, the hip and leg (not including ankle and foot) was the body part most frequently injured in other unintentional injury hospitalisation cases, although this varied by cause of injury (Figure 3).
Note: Body part refers to the principal reason for hospitalisation. Number and percentage of injuries classified as Other, multiple and incompletely specified body regions or Injuries not described in terms of body region not shown—see Data table A11.
For more detailed data, see Data table A11.
Soft-tissue injuries were the most common type of injury for people who were hospitalised due to other unintentional injury (Figure 4).
Bar graph showing type of injury sustained by category and by sex. Soft-tissue injury was the most common for males, while fracture was for females. The reader can select to display either the crude rate per 100,000 population or the number of cases. The default display shows data for males and females, and the reader can also select to display for persons.
For more detailed data, see Data table A12.
In 2017–18, among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people:
Note: Rates are crude per 100,000 population.
Source: AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database; AIHW National Mortality Database.
In 2017–18, Indigenous Australians, compared with non-Indigenous Australians, after adjusting for differences in population age structure, were:
Source: AIHW National Mortality Database.
The age-specific rate of injury hospitalisation cases due to other causes of unintentional injury was highest among the 15–24 life-stage age group for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians (Figure 5). Deaths data are not presented because of small numbers.
Column graph representing hospitalisation data for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 6 life-stage age groups. The reader can select to display age-specific rate per 100,000 population or number. The reader can also select to display data for persons, males or females.
For more detailed data, see Data tables A4–A6 and D4–D8.
In 2017–18, people living in Very remote areas, compared with people living in Major cities, after adjusting for differences in population age structure, were 1.4 times as likely to be hospitalised due to other causes of unintentional injury (Table 7). Comparison of data is more limited for deaths due to small numbers in some categories (Table 8). For this reason, readers are advised to use these data with caution.
n.p. not publishable because of small numbers, confidentiality or other concerns about the quality of the data.
Note: Rates are age-standardised per 100,000 population.
In 2017–18, the age-specific rate for injury hospitalisations by remoteness area was highest for the 15–24 life-stage age group living in Remote areas (Figure 6). Deaths data are not presented because of small numbers.
Column graph representing hospitalisation data for each of the 5 remoteness categories by 6 life-stage age groups. The reader can select to display age-specific rate per 100,000 population or number. The reader can also select to display data for persons, males or females.
For more detailed data, see Data tables A7–A9 and D9–D10.
For information on how statistics by remoteness are calculated, see Technical notes.
Technical notes —find out how the data were calculated.
Data tables—download full data tables.
ACCD (Australian Consortium for Classification Development) 2017. The international statistical classification of diseases and related health problems, 10th revision, Australian modification (ICD-10-AM), 10th edn. Tabular list of diseases and alphabetic index of diseases. Adelaide: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA), Lane Publishing.
The following list includes AIHW publications from recent years that include information on other causes of unintentional injury. See Reports for any older publications that may exist.
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