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Know Injury Fact Sheets

Know Injury is proud to release a range of new injury fact sheets with current evidence and data for: falls, road transport, drowning, violence, suicide and self-harm, burns and scalds, and poisoning.

Significant findings amongst the new and updated information include:

  • The leading injury related deaths from 2009-2013 included suicide and self-harm (1,542 fatalities), falls (995 fatalities) and transport (926 fatalities).
  • Leading hospitalisations were falls (115,893) and transport (39,242) related injuries between 2010-2014.
  • The leading injury cost in 2014 from hospitalised bed days was due to falls injuries ($183,574,797), followed by transport related injuries ($71,548,665).
  • Aboriginal people make up 3.1% of the population in Western Australia, 44.75% of assault hospitalisations, 16.2% of burns and scalds hospitalisations, and 10.7% of suicide and self-harm hospitalisations were Aboriginal people between 2010-2014.
  • In the regional areas, the Kimberley was higher in all injury areas compared to the WA State rate, with burns and scalds (247% higher) and violence (895% higher) notably higher than the WA State rate.
  • Assault was also markedly higher in the Pilbara (162% greater), Midwest (110% higher), Goldfields (60% higher), and Wheatbelt (10% higher) than the state rate.
  • Males had higher injury hospitalisations for transport (69.5% of hospital separations), burns and scalds (64% of hospital separations), drowning (63.1% of hospital separations), and assault (62.3% of hospital separations). Whilst females had higher suicide and self-harm (63.7% of hospital separations) and falls (55.6% of hospital separations) hospitalisations.

These updated Know Injury fact sheets can help to guide you in understanding injury priorities.

The factsheets can be downloaded HERE from www.knowinjury.org.au.

For more information contact the Know Injury team on 9420 7212 or info@knowinjury.org.au.