Every 4 minutes, someone in Australia is hospitalised for a head injury. This web report presents data on 2020–21 hospitalisations, emergency department presentations and deaths due to injuries to the head including injuries to the eye and orbit, and traumatic brain injury. It describes the main types and causes of injury, variation among specific populations, and the severity of head injuries compared with all injuries. Additionally, the report presents a 10-year time series to assess trends.
- Cat. no: INJCAT 231
Head injuries contributed to around half of all injury ED presentations and hospitalisations for children aged 0–4 years
Sports injuries contributed to 24% of all concussive hospitalisations
Males made up 2 in 3 head injury ED presentations and deaths
Falls were the leading cause of head injury hospitalisation and death, followed by transport