Injury profiles of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in New South Wales

Clapham, Kathleen, Stevenson, Mark and Lo, Sing Kai 2006, Injury profiles of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in New South Wales, Medical journal of Australia, vol. 184, no. 5, pp. 217-220.

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Title Injury profiles of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in New South Wales
Author(s) Clapham, Kathleen
Stevenson, Mark
Lo, Sing Kai
Journal name Medical journal of Australia
Volume number 184
Issue number 5
Start page 217
End page 220
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty Ltd
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2006-03-06
ISSN 0025-729X
1326-5377
Summary Objectives:
To compare the injury profiles of the Indigenous population in New South Wales with that of the non-Indigenous population.
Design and setting:
Descriptive analysis of NSW Health data obtained from the Health Outcomes Information and Statistical Toolkit (HOIST) database. Hospitalisation data were collected for the period 1 July 1999 to 30 June 2003. Mortality data were collected for the period 1 January 1999 to 31 December 2002.
Main outcome measures:
Hospitalisation and death rates due to injury by age, sex, injury mechanism and Indigenous status. Rate ratios for comparison between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.
Results:
Rates of death from injury were higher for all age groups in the Indigenous population, except people older than 65 years. Indigenous people aged 25–44 years were twice as likely to be hospitalised as their non-Indigenous counterparts (rate ratio [RR], 2.09; 95% CI, 2.03–2.14), and five times as likely to be hospitalised for interpersonal violence (RR, 5.19; 95% CI, 4.98–5.40).
Conclusion:
The higher rates of injury-related hospitalisation and death in the Indigenous population in NSW are consistent with data reported for other parts of Australia. Of particular concern is the number of Indigenous deaths and hospitalisations due to interpersonal violence.

Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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