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Impact of improvements to Indigenous identification in hospital data on patterns of hospitalised injury

Posted on: 24 June, 2013
Issue: Vol 13 No 2, April 2013 – June 2013
Related to Family violence Injury Social and emotional wellbeing Hospitalisation Infants and young children Road safety

AIHW National Injury Surveillance Unit (2013)
Impact of improvements to Indigenous identification in hospital data on patterns of hospitalised injury
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report examines the effects of improvements in Indigenous identification in hospitals data on patterns of hospitalised injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These improvements have resulted in the inclusion of hospital separation data from New South Wales and Victoria (the ‘two state group’) in addition to data from the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland (the ‘four state group’) in analyses of hospitalised injury.

The report comprises four main sections:

  • a description of the changes to the jurisdictional inclusion criteria for analysis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people hospital separations data
  • the use of population data to look at the demographic profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the two state group and a comparison with the demographic profile of the four state group
  • a comparison of the two state group with the four state group on key indicators of injury hospitalisations
  • an examination of a number of priority Indigenous injury issues and the effects of the addition of data from the two state group. Particular attention is paid to the influence of remoteness on the injury experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The priority issues include:
    • social and emotional wellbeing
    • child and young people’s safety
    • violence affecting families and individuals
    • land transport.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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