Injuries are a major health care issue in Australia. Most injuries requiring hospitalisation are the result of falls, contact with objects or transport accidents, while most deaths from injuries are the result of falls or suicide. Weather-related injuries increased over the last 10 years.

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Most extreme weather-related injuries are due to extreme heat

Total extreme weather-related hospitalisations exceeded 1,000 cases on average once every three years since 2013–14

Injury patterns vary with localised weather events and hazards

The top 3 causes of injury hospitalisation in 2021–22 were falls, contact with objects, and transport accidents

The top 3 causes of injury death in 2020–21 were falls, suicide and accidental poisoning

Males accounted for 54% of injury hospitalisations in 2021–22 and 61% of injury deaths in 2020–21