HealthInfoNet’s latest report Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2020 provides the most recent indicators of the health of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Given the role that social determinants have on our overall health and wellbeing, in addition to health-specific outcomes the publication provides an overview of national indicators relating to education, employment and income among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The publication outlines a number of injury-related statistics for Australia including that;
The leading causes of injury-related hospitalisations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2018-19 were; falls, assault and exposure to mechanical forces. Whilst in 2019 the leading causes of injury-related fatalities in NSW, QLD, SA, WA and the NT were; intentional self-harm (n=195), accidental poisoning (n=91) and land transport accidents (n=87).
In acknowledgement of the high incidence of injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, HealthInfoNet highlight that there are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration when analysing the incidence, including; low socioeconomic contexts, alcohol and other drug use, intimate partner violence, disruption to culture and limited access to prevention initiatives and recovery services.
To access the full report click here.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2020. https://healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/learn/health-facts/ overview-aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-health-status (2021).
There are proven social and cultural factors that can influence an individual’s overall health and injury risk. To learn more about these risk and protective factors, and how you can reduce the risk of injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in WA access the Know Injury resource kit today.