A recent report, Trends in hospitalised childhood injury in Australia: 1999-2007, has found that between the years of 1999-00 and 2006-07 the number of boys hospitalised for injury is almost twice that of girls.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released the report on November 22, revealing that nearly half a million children aged 0 to 14 were hospitalised for injury in this period, with on average 60,000 children hospitalised each year.
Boys highly outnumbered girls with 295,100 boys hospitalised compared to around 176,300 girls – standing at a ratio of 1.7 to one. From the age group 10 to 14 this increased to 2.3 to one.
"These ratios were similar across all causes of injury except one," said AIHW spokesperson professor James Harrison.
Girls were more likely to be admitted to hospital for intentional self-harm, with 3,500 girls hospitalised between 1999 and 2007 compared to 840 boys.
"It is important to bear in mind that not all of these self-harm hospitalisations would be regarded as suicide attempts," professor Harrison added.
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