Injury is one of the main causes of burden of disease in Australia—in 2011, it was estimated that it accounted for 9% of the disease burden.
Information about the incidence of serious injury in Australia is estimated by analysing data about injury cases that were severe enough to require admission to hospital, along with information about people who died as a result of injury.
Overall, some population groups are more likely than others to experience serious injury that results in hospitalisation or death. Groups at higher risk include:
- people aged 65 and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people
- people who live in remote areas of Australia.