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Hospitalisations due to farm injuries in Australia

Working and living on a farm can increase an individual’s injury risk due to exposure to potential hazards including; off-road motorcycles, unsealed roads, unfenced bodies of water, large farm animals and chemicals. These hazards and more, contributed to 22,000 hospitalisations in Australia between 2010-11 and 2014-15 due to injuries which occurred on a farm.

A recent release by AIHW, Hospitalised farm injury, Australia: 2010-11 to 2014-15, highlights that 77% of these hospitalisations were males and just over 71% resided in Inner Regional and Outer Regional remoteness zones.

The report also focuses on some key causal activities, including;

  • Motorcycle and quad bike use across the whole population as it contributed to 42% of hospitalisations in children aged 0-14 and 21% of hospitalisations in people aged 15 years and over.
  • Horse related injuries in children aged 0-14 (which made up 16% of hospitalisations in this age group)
  • Injuries due to “other animals and plants”, and “machinery use” for people aged 15 and over as each of these factors contributed to 15% of hospitalisations for this age group.

To access additional information regarding farm-related hospitalisations in Australia, the full AIHW report can be accessed here.

If you are a member of a community group, local government or organisation, download Know Injury’s Farm Safety Campaign Toolkit to learn how you can advocate for farm safety.