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Mortality and hospitalisation due to injury in the Aboriginal population of New South Wales

Posted on: 8 December, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 4, October - December 2010
Related to Deaths Injury Social and emotional wellbeing Hospitalisation Road safety New South Wales

Walter S, Centre for Aboriginal Health (2010)
Mortality and hospitalisation due to injury in the Aboriginal population of New South Wales
Sydney: Department of Health, New South Wales

The report describes death and hospitalisation rates occurring as results of injury and poisoning among the Aboriginal population of New South Wales. Both injury and poisoning are the third biggest contributors to the burden of disease in Aboriginal Australia, and the main intention of this report is to identify subgroups of the population most at risk of injury and poisoning in order to develop informed and targeted prevention initiatives.

The report presents data on deaths based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics mortality data from 2000 to 2007, and a substantial analysis of  hospitalisations arising from injury by external causes. In the comprehensive analysis of  hospitalisations, a range of indicators are presented in order to describe more fully each group at risk for each injury mechanism. The report also presents a detailed discussion of the data sources, issues and methodology used in the report.

Key findings of the report include:

  • In general, Aboriginal people were at higher risk of death and hospitalisation due to injury or poisoning compared to non-Aboriginal people across all types of injury mechanisms.
  • The leading causes of hospitalisation were falls (24%), interpersonal violence (19%), transport accidents (12%), and self-harm (9%).
  • The most frequent causes of death were self-harm (25%), transport accidents (21%), poisoning (18%) and homicide (11%).
  • Interpersonal violence represented the greatest disparity in risk of death and hospitalisation with Aboriginal males being four times more likely and Aboriginal females being 12 times more likely to be hospitalised due to violence compared to the non-Aboriginal population.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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