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Injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to transport, 2003-04 to 2007-08

Posted on: 10 January, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 1, January 2011 – March 2011
Related to Injury Road safety

Henley G, Harrison J (2010)
Injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to transport, 2003-04 to 2007-08
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report provides a summary of injury, fatal and non-fatal, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Injury, was as a result of land transport accidents. Fatal injury was reported for the period 2003-04 to 2006-07 and non-fatal injury for the period 2003-04 to 2007-08.

Key findings for ATSI people included:

  • land transport accidents accounted for 20% of fatal injury cases and 8% of all injury hospitalisations
  • fatalities and serious injury increased the more remote the location from an urban setting, this also applied to other Australians
  • base on age-standardised rates, 2.7 times more fatalities and 20% more serious injury cases compared to other Australians
  • higher proportion of car passengers were fatally or seriously injured compared to other Australians
  • there was an increase in motorcycle accidents for both ATSI people and other Australians

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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