Overview

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.

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Males accounted for 55% of injury hospitalisations in 2020–21 and 62% of injury deaths in 2019–20

Injuries happening at home increased after March 2020 and remained at a higher level throughout 2020–21

The top 3 causes of injury hospitalisation in 2020–21 were falls, contact with objects, and transport accidents

133,000 falls hospitalisations in 2019–20 among older Australians

Fractures were the most common type of injury

2 in 3 falls hospitalisations were for females