Home injury statistics

Take proactive steps around the home to help avoid preventable accidents. The statistics related to injuries for children and the elderly are staggering. We have collated the below statistics from various reputable sources as detailed below. This data is current as at May, 2017.

Injury is the leading cause of death to Australian children

Injury has now replaced disease as the biggest single cause of death to Australian Children

More than half of all injuries to children occur at home

5% of hospital admissions for child injuries are from falls

During 2012 – 2014, in Victoria, there were 57,000 child injuries at home each year

Falls accounted for almost three-quarters of hospital admissions (73%)

In 2011–12, 96,385 people aged 65 and over were hospitalised for a fall-related injury

More than half of emergency department presentations were for injuries that occurred in the home

More than half of emergency department presentations were for injuries that occurred in the home (54%)

People aged 65 years and over accounted for nearly 95% of the total fall-related deaths

Source: The above statistics have been collated from various reputable sources as detailed below. This data is current as at May, 2017

  • Safe Kids Worldwide
  • The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Australia’s health 2014
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • KidSafe SA 2010
  • Australian institute of Health & Welfare and RACV Child Injuries in the home
  • RACV Child Injuries in the home
  • Monash University Accident Research Centre
  • Monash University E_Bulletin Edition 8, Unintentional Hospital-Treated Injury Victoria 2010.
  • Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit, Hazard Ed No. 80 2015
  • ABS 3303.0 – Causes of Death Australia 2011
  • ABS 3303.0 – Causes of Death Australia 2012 and 2015
  • QLD Health, Fall Statistics
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