Personal injuries
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Discussion paper

Proposed review framework for the list of occupational diseases in the Accident Compensation Act 2001

This discussion document provides a review of Schedule 2 of the New Zealand Accident Compensation Act 2001. The New Zealand Government welcomes views on the proposed framework, alternative options and/or any other relevant points.
Systematic review

Delayed tibial shaft fracture healing associated with smoking: a systematic review and meta‐analysis of observational studies conducted worldwide

Tibial fractures represent a great burden of disease globally, being the most common long-bone fracture; smoking is a known risk factor for delayed skeletal healing and post-fracture complications. This systematic review and meta-analysis aims to analyse the effect of smoking on healing of tibial shaft...
Research Summary

Adolescent injury

Using data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), this snapshot looks at 16-17 year olds' experiences of injury, with a focus on their most serious injury within the previous two years.
Policy report

Better than cure: injury prevention policy

Although the United Kingdom has been a world leader in injury prevention policy, austerity and a lack of strategy have hampered further improvement. This report argues that the goal of injury prevention policy should not be to engender a risk-averse society, but quite the opposite...

WorkSafe 2: Follow-up investigation into the management of complex workers compensation claims

This investigation looked at the compensation and support provided to people injured at work in Victoria, particularly those with complex injuries. This follows an earlier investigation by the Ombudsman in 2016, which found the scheme had failed some particularly vulnerable people.

Injury mortality and socioeconomic influence in Australia 2015–16

This report examines the associations between socioeconomic status (SES) and injury mortality in Australia and looked at the effects of SES on injury deaths by age group, by sex and by a selection of external causes of injury.

Trends in hospitalised injury, Australia 2007–08 to 2016–17

This report describes trends in the occurrence of injuries requiring hospitalisation in Australia, for the 10-year period from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2017. The annual number of cases rose from about 400,000 to 530,000 during this period.

Trends in hospitalised injury due to falls in older people 2007–08 to 2016–17

This report focuses on trends in hospitalised (serious) fall-related injury for people aged 65 and over that occurred over the period 2007–08 to 2016–17. Information is also presented on the hospital care provided.
Discussion paper

Implementing the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015: better regulation

Reforming the health and safety regulations is part of the work to address the issues identified by both the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy and the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety.
Journal article

Migrants and disability following injury: findings from a prospective study in New Zealand

Despite having accessed healthcare services for their injury, migrants (compared with non‐migrants) had higher risks of disability at least in the first three months post‐injury. This article argues that interventions should be focused during this critical period on identified key predictors to promote faster recovery...

Hospitalised injury and socioeconomic influence in Australia 2015–16

This report examined the associations between socioeconomic status and injury morbidity in Australia and looked at the effects of SES on hospitalised injury cases by age, sex, Indigenous status, and by a selection of external causes of injury.

Pedal cyclist injury deaths and hospitalisations 1999–00 to 2015–16

This report looks at injury hospitalisations for pedal cyclists in 2015–16, as well as trend information for deaths and hospitalisations from 1999–00 to 2015–16.

Injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to transport: 2010–11 to 2014–15

This report provides a summary of fatal and non-fatal injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia due to unintentional land transport crashes over the 5-year period from 2010–11 to 2014–15. Due to data quality issues, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory...

Mobility scooter-related injuries and deaths

Despite media attention and community discussion about the risks and benefits of mobility scooter use, there are few substantial evidence-based reviews of these largely unregulated consumer products. This report provides an overview of mobility scooter-related injuries.

Social cost of road crashes and injuries: 2018 update

This is an annual update of the Social Cost of Road Crashes and Injuries statistics published by the New Zealand Ministry of Transport. This update provides estimates of the average social costs per injury and per crash at June 2018 prices. The update accounts for...
Briefing paper

Quad bike safety: final recommendation to the minister

On 31 August 2017, the Australian Ministers for Consumer Affairs agreed to ‘support all steps necessary to expedite the regulatory impact assessment process and any other safety measures necessary to introduce a consumer safety quad bike rating system and a safety standard’. This ACCC report...

Hospitalised injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011–12 to 2015–16

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.

Health and safety at work strategy 2018-2028

This strategy document sets out the New Zealand government’s vision for improving health and safety at work across New Zealand over the next ten years.

Electrical injuries: hospitalisations and deaths 2014–15 and 2015–16

This report provides an overview of cases admitted to hospital with an electrical injury or a fatal electrical injury in Australia between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2016.
Technical report

Use of emergency department data to improve routine injury surveillance: technical report 2013–14

This report examines routinely collected national data on injury cases that attended a public hospital emergency department in Australia in 2013–14 and describes and illustrates possible applications of the data for injury surveillance.
Position paper

Australia’s mandatory helmet laws: Bicycle Network position paper

Mandatory helmet laws, originally supported by Bicycle Network, were introduced in Australia in the 1990s. However, after a 14-month policy review, the network has decided to call for change.

Options for greater involvement by private sector life insurers in worker rehabilitation

This inquiry was initiated to examine options for greater involvement by private sector life insurers in worker rehabilitation, including support after return to work, with particular reference to the interaction of Income Protection (IP) insurance and Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) insurance with State, Territory...

Hip fracture incidence and hospitalisations in Australia 2015–16

In 2015–16, there were an estimated 18,746 new hip fractures in Australia, a crude rate of 199 hip fractures per 100,000 population aged 45 and over. This represents a decline in the rate of hip fractures over time, suggesting that measures to reduce risk factors...

National Return to Work survey 2018: summary report

This report provides a comprehensive summary of the 2018 National Return to Work survey responses. The survey is undertaken on a biannual basis and compares the return to work experiences and outcomes of injured workers against a number of variables, including returning to work, workplace...

They never came home—the framework surrounding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia

The human impact of an industrial death is catastrophic and far-reaching. For the families and friends of those individuals killed at work, the terrible and profound human cost and associated consequences they must suffer is lifelong.