Impact of injury in regional WA
Between July 2017 and June 2018 there were 12,696 injury-related hospitalisations to individuals living in regional and remote WA, with falls (n=3,810), transport (n=1,638) and assault (n=1,233) being the leading causes of hospitalisation.1
During this 12 month period there were also 361 injury-related fatalities to individuals living in regional and remote WA.1 Intentional self-harm (n=97), falls (n=85) and transport-related injuries (n=75) were the leading causes of these injury-related fatalities.1
Within WA there are ten health regions; Goldfields, Great Southern, Kimberley, Midwest, Pilbara, South West, Wheatbelt, East Metropolitan, North Metropolitan and South Metropolitan. To view a map of the WA Health Regions, click here.
In 2019, the Kimberley (11,026 per 100,000 population), Midwest (5,993) and Goldfields (5,391) regions of WA experienced the highest rates of injury-related hospitalisation.2 As displayed below in Table 1 the rate of hospitalisation also varied by injury topic.
Table 1. The WA Health Regions with the highest injury hospitalisation rate across seven injury areas in 2015-2019.2 The hospitalisation rate provided in the bracket is the age-standardised rate per 100,000 person years.
|Highest hospitalisation rate||Second highest hospitalisation rate||Third highest hospitalisation rate|
|Falls||Kimberley (1,925.9)||Midwest (1,183.1)||Wheatbelt (1,125.0)|
|Transport||Kimberley (528.8)||Wheatbelt (484.5)||Midwest (409.9)|
|Drowning||Kimberley (73.6)||Goldfields (51.9)||Wheatbelt (46.2)|
|Assault||Kimberley (1,884.2)||Pilbara (490.0)||Midwest (308.4)|
|Self-harm||Kimberley (433.1)||Great Southern (257.2)||Wheatbelt (224.7)|
|Burns and Scalds||Kimberley (176.1)||Midwest (74.2)||Pilbara (71.5)|
|Poisoning||Kimberley (248.0)||Midwest (125.5)||Wheatbelt (118.1)|
Injury Prevention in regional WA:
Many organisations conduct injury prevention initiatives which aim to prevent injury throughout WA, however there are some resources and projects which prevent injuries within specific regional populations.
- Build youth confidence and esteem.
- Increases community connectedness.
- Increases awareness of suicide prevention.
- Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Project.
- Increases swimming and water safety skills.
- Improves health and social outcomes.
- Increases driver safety knowledge.
- Increases skills to driver safety on dangerous roads.
Key injury prevention stakeholders in regional WA
Click here to find injury prevention organisations in your region.
Injury Matters regional focused resources
- AIHW, Geographical analysis of hospitalised injury and injury deaths data
- Kidsafe WA Childhood Injury Bulletins
- Royal Life Saving WA, drowning statistics
- The WA Centre for Rural Health
- WA Department of Health, Incidence and Costs of Injury in WA 2012
- WA Road Safety Commission, regional road crash statistics
- Australian Institute Of Health And Welfare. Geographical analysis of hospitalised injury and injury deaths data, 2017–18, Data. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/injury/geographical-analysis-injury-data/data (2021).
- Data generated using HealthTracks Reporting, by the Epidemiology Branch, WA Department of Health in collaboration with the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRC-SI), March 2021
- Hendrie, D., Miller, T., Randall, S., Brameld, K. & Moorin, R. Incidence and costs of injury in WA 2012. (2016).