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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 
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2010

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2008

Harrison JE, Berry JG (2008)

Injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to transport, 2001-02 to 2005-06.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication provides a summary of injury, both fatal and non-fatal, of Indigenous people in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland due to land transport accidents in the five-year-period 2001-02 to 2005-06. Transport injury comprises fatal and non-fatal injury due to road transport, railway, water and air transport. Road and rail transport includes traffic (occurring on a public road), non-traffic and unspecified transport. It does not include injury that has been recorded as due to intentional self harm assault or undetermined intent.

Results show that transport accidents accounted for over a quarter of Indigenous deaths with more than half of those being for car occupants. These results were very similar in the non-Indigenous population. Similarly, the majority of cases involving death and serious injury were male in both populations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

 
Last updated: 7 April 2014
 
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