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What do we know about injury among Indigenous people?

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What is injury?

Injury generally refers to physical harm to a person's body [1] including:

What is known about injury in the Indigenous population?

Culture and everyday life situations for Indigenous people can affect the types of injuries and the frequency of injuries experienced. Some factors that can increase the risk of injury include:

Indigenous people were twice as likely as other Australians to be admitted to hospital for injuries in 2010-11 [4]. Injury was the second most common reason for Indigenous hospital admissions (after dialysis). The main causes of Indigenous injury-related hospital admissions in 2010-11 were 'medical complications', assault, and falls [5].

In 2010, injury was the third most common cause of death for Indigenous people [6]. The most common causes of injury-related death for Indigenous people were suicide and transport accidents. Indigenous people were more than twice as likely as non-Indigenous people to die from suicide and almost three times as likely to die from traffic accidents.

References

  1. National Public Health Partnership (2005) The national injury prevention and safety promotion plan: 2004-2014. Canberra: National Public Health Partnership
  2. National Public Health Partnership (2005) The national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander safety promotion strategy. Canberra: National Public Health Partnership
  3. Clapham K, O’Dea K, Chenhall R (2007) Interventions and sustainable programs. In: Carson B, Dunbar T, Chenhall RD, Bailie R, eds. Social determinants of Indigenous health. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin: 271-295
  4. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012) Australian hospital statistics 2010-11 supplementary tables. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  5. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012) Australian hospital statistics 2010-11. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  6. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012) Causes of death, Australia, 2010. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics
 
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