A series of reports released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on September 12, have pointed out accidental falls as the leading cause of injury hospitalisations in Australia.
It was shown in a report titled Hospital separations due to injury and poisoning, Australia 2008-09, that there were almost 413,000 injury cases that needed hospitalisation in these years – with accidental falls accounting for 38 per cent of cases.
"Women are more likely to be hospitalised as a result of an accidental fall than men, and rates are highest among older Australians," said AIHW spokesperson Professor James Harrison.
Coming in as the second most common cause of hospitalised injury was transport accidents, taking about 14 per cent of cases – 61,000 in 2008-09.
"Males had a higher rate of transport injury hospitalisations than females across all age groups, with the highest rates among those aged 15-24", Professor Harrison said.
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