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The incidence of injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet recently released “Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2018”, which provides a summary of the most recent data regarding the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

The report highlights a range of Australian injury statistics, including:

  • In 2016-17, the injury hospitalisation rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was almost double that of non-Indigenous peoples (55 per 1,000 and 30 per 1,000 respectively).
  • In 2016-17, injury accounted for 13% (n=25,649) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hospitalisations in Australia, with falls (21% of injury hospitalisations) and assault (19%) being the leading causes of these hospitalisations.
  • In 2014-15, the rate of injury hospitalisations among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples increased with remoteness from 38 per 1,000 in major cities to 74 per 1,000 in remote and very remote areas.
  • In 2014-15 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were 1.2 times more likely than non-Indigenous people to report a long-term condition as a result of an injury.

In order to reduce the incidence of injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the report acknowledges the need to consider a number of factors, including; socioeconomic status, alcohol and drug use, intimate partner violence, disruption to culture and access to prevention and rehabilitation services.

 

Access Know Injury’s resources to learn more about preventing injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Western Australia.

 

Injury Matters acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters throughout WA and pay respects to the Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise the importance of continued connection to culture, country and community for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 

Reference:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2018 [Internet]. Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet; 2019.