AIHW recently published a new injury report Trends in injury deaths, Australia, 1999-00 to 2014-15.
In 2014-15 the injury fatality rate was higher among certain population groups, including;
- Males (64 injury deaths per 100,000 population)
- Individuals aged 65 years and over (52.5% of all injury deaths)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (two times the injury fatality rate for non-Indigenous Australians)
- Residents in remote areas (two times the injury fatality rate of residents in Major cities)
- Residents in areas classified as “Most disadvantaged” (1.4 times the injury fatality rate for residents in “Least disadvantaged” areas).
When comparing the rate of injury fatalities in 2014-15 to that of 1999-00, the rate of injury in Australia decreased from 55.4 deaths per 100,000 to 48 deaths per 100,000. As outlined in the table below, the change in the rate of injury area from 1999-00 to 2104-15 also varied between injury areas.
In 2014-15, of fall-related injury deaths occurred to individuals aged 65 years and over and that 3.2 times as many males died due to suicide than females.
Breaking down injury at a state or territory level, the report highlights that WA experienced the second highest fatality rate compared to other States and territories (55.9 deaths per 100,000 population), only behind NT at 84.8 per 100,000 population. The 1,487 deaths in WA contributed to 11.8% of injury deaths in Australia.
To learn more about the incidence of injury in Australia, view AIHW’s latest report here.
AIHW: Henley G, Harrison J. Trends in injury deaths, Australia, 1999-00 to 2014-15. Canberra: AIHW; 2018. Report No. 112.