What is Injury?

Injury addresses all intentional and unintentional injuries, covering a diverse range of causes. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Violence

  • Intentional self-harm

  • Road traffic injuries

  • Sporting injuries

  • Poisoning

  • Drowning

  • Workplace injury

  • Burns

  • Falls

Injuries are the leading cause of death for Australians aged 1-44 years and are responsible for 9% of the total burden of disease in Australia. Each year, over 13,000 people die from injury and over 500,000 people are hospitalised, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have twice the rate of injury compared to non-Indigenous Australians. 

Injury is the leading cause of death from age 5 through to 44 in Aotearoa New Zealand. More than half of the deaths for those aged 10 to 34 years are from injury. It is also a significant cause of morbidity. 

Injuries are often considered to be random and accidental events. However, by increasing our understanding of how and where these injuries occur, we are able to better understand how they can be prevented or minimised. 

Injury Topics

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