Injury in regional WA

Individuals residing in regional and remote areas of Western Australia experience a higher incident of injury. When analysing the rate of injury by area of remoteness in WA, the fatality rate remains stable across the regions, however the hospitalisation rate increases with remoteness. 1 This higher injury hospitalisation rate has been attributed to the lack of primary care facilities in regional and remote areas of WA and a higher incidence of injuries due to agricultural work. 1 Similar to hospitalisation rates, the rate of Emergency Department presentations increases with remoteness.1 However in very remote areas of WA the rate decreases, which can be associated with difficult accessing Emergency Departments in very remote areas of WA. 1

The rate of fatalities, hospitalisations and emergency department presentations also vary between regions in WA. In 2012 the Kimberley experienced the highest injury fatality rate (0.9 per 100,000 population) and the highest injury hospitalisation rate (45.6 per 100,000 population), whilst the Wheatbelt experienced the highest rate of emergency department presentations (157.2 per 100,000 population).1

Injury Prevention in regional WA

Regional injury prevention resources or projects

In addition to the injury topic specific resources available in the Know section of the Know Injury Knowledge Hub, some key regional injury resources and projects are outlined below. If you have a resource or project that you would like listed on this page please contact Know Injury.

Resources or regional injury prevention projects

Regional injury prevention data