This report presents estimates of trends in the number and rate of persons seriously injured in Australia due to road vehicle traffic crashes. Serious injury is defined as cases where a person was admitted to hospital for an injury and was discharged alive. Cases involving types of injury that are life-threatening are the main focus. Deaths are not included.
Trends in serious injury
Over the 10-year period from 2001 to 2010, age-standardised rates for people seriously injured due to a road vehicle traffic crash fluctuated but increased overall, from 141.6 to 146.4 per 100,000 population, an average annual increase of 0.9%.
All jurisdictions except for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania showed increases in age-standardised rates of serious injury due to road vehicle traffic crashes over the 10-year period. Victoria was the only jurisdiction to record a statistically significant decrease.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and Flinders University 2015