This report provides updated statistics on hospitalisations among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to injury. The report highlights specific areas of disadvantage in comparison with non-Indigenous people with respect to the types and causes of injury requiring hospitalisation.
Over the 5-year period 2011–12 to 2015–16, just over 115,000 Indigenous people were hospitalised as a result of an injury at an average of 23,000 cases per year. Indigenous males (56%) were more frequently hospitalised than females because of an injury. Age-standardised rates of injury were much higher overall among Indigenous Australians (3,596 per 100,000 population) compared with non-Indigenous Australians (1,874 per 100,000 population) and the rate of injury among Indigenous females was twice that of non-Indigenous females.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and Flinders University 2019