Injury deaths in Australia 2016-17
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) recently released a report regarding the incidence of injury deaths in Australia, “Trends in injury deaths, Australia, 1999–00 to 2016–17”.
The report found that injury was the cause of 8.2% of all deaths in Australia in 2016-17 (n=13,144). From 1999-00 to 2016-17 the age-standardised rate of injury deaths fell from 55.4 deaths per 100,000 population in 1999-00 to 47.8 deaths per 100,000 population in 2016-17.
Population groups over-represented in injury fatalities in Australia in 2016-17 included:
The leading causes of injury deaths in Australia in 2016-17 were unintentional falls (n=5,002, 38% of all injury deaths) and suicide (n=3,039, 23%).
In Western Australia in 2016-17, there were 1,497 deaths at a rate of 56.0 per 100,000 population. This was the second-highest rate of injury fatality after the Northern Territory (81.7 per 100,000) and Tasmania (57.7 per 100,000).
For more information regarding the incidence of injury deaths in Australia in 2016-17, click here to view the full AIHW report.
AIHW 2019: Henley GE & Harrison JE. Trends in injury deaths, Australia, 1999–00 to 2016–17. Injury research and statistics series no. 127. Cat. no. INJCAT 207. Canberra: AIHW.