This report, covering injuries resulting in admission to Australian hospitals in the financial year 2009–10, is the eighth in the series that started in 2001–02. The focus of the report is community injury (that is, injuries typically sustained in places such as the home, workplace or street).
An estimated 421,065 community injury cases, of which 242,478 were males, required hospitalisation during 2009–10, with males outnumbering females at a ratio of about 1.5:1.0. A total of 1,668,462 patient days were attributable to hospitalised community injury, with a mean length of stay of 4 days. About one in ten community injury cases (11%) were classified as high threat to life in 2009–10.
Nearly all cases of drowning and near-drowning were considered high threat (83%). More than one in five transportation and falls-related injury cases were classified as high threat to life, and accounted for 81% of high threat to life community injury cases overall.