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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Injury or fatality rate higher for Indigenous Australians in land transport accidents

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are more likely to be injured in land transport accidents than other Australians, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to transport: 2005-06 to 2009-10, looks at death and serious injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia due to land transport accidents over the five-year period 2005-06 to 2009-10. It shows that Indigenous Australians were 2.8 times more likely to be fatally injured due to land transport accidents, and 1.3 times more likely to be seriously injured compared with other Australians.

AIHW spokesperson Professor James Harrison said that one of the main reasons for this finding is that a much larger proportion of Indigenous people live in remote regions, where rates of land transport injury were highest overall. 'But, even after taking the remoteness factor into account, Indigenous land transport fatalities were higher than expected' Mr Harrison said.

To read the full report please refer to the links below.

Source Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Last updated: 2 August 2013
 
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