Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Status 2016

April 21, 2017

A recent release by Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet “Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016” provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health and current health status of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This report outlines some key injury figures pertaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

In 2014 – 2015 there were 29,237 hospital separations for injuries for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. [1]

Falls (20%), assault (19%), exposure to mechanical forces (17%) and complications of medical and surgical care (14%) were the leading external causes of injury-related hospitalisations.1

Long-term conditions caused by injury were reported less frequently by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than by non-Indigenous people. [2]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 25 – 44 years of age experienced the highest proportion (%) of injury. [1]

The hospitalisation rates for injury for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people increased with remoteness from 38 per 1,000 in major cities to 74 per 1,000 in remote and very remote areas. [3]

After adjusting for age, the death rate from; assault was 8.2 times higher, land transport accidents 2.9 times higher and intentional self-harm 2 times higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than for non-Indigenous people. [4]

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016 [Internet]. Australia Indigenous HealthInfoNet; 2017. Available from: http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/health-facts/overviews/selected-health-conditions/injury


[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016) Admitted patient care 2014-15: Australian hospital statistics. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

[2] Australian Bureau of Statistics (2014) Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13: Table 6 [data cube]. Retrieved 26 March 2014

[3] Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2016) Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2016 report. Canberra: Productivity Commission

[4] Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016) Causes of Death, Australia, 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2016 from www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/3303.0~2015~Main%20Features~Summary%20of%20findings~1