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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 New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. 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
  • based on age-standardised rates, 2.7 times more fatalities and 20% more serious injury cases compared to other Australians
  • a 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

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