Injuries Sustained by Young People in Victoria, 1986-1992

An overview of fatal and non-fatal injuries to adolescents and young adults

Monash University Accident Research Centre - Report #43 - 1992

Author: G.Watt

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Abstract:

Fatal and non-fatal injury data accumulated during the period 1986-1992 relating to Victorian 15-19 and 20-24 year olds were analysed.

For adolescents (15-19 year olds) transportation was the cause of the most severe injury, being responsible for the greatest number of both deaths and hospital admissions. However sporting activity was probably the greatest overall contributor to injury to adolescents in that it was responsible for the greatest number of injured persons.

For young adults (20-24 year olds) the findings were similar to those for adolescents. The overall injury death rate was found to be 53.0 per 100,000 (compared to adolescents, 42.8 per 100,000) and the hospital admission rate 1689 per 100,000 (compared to 1535 per 100,000 for adolescents). Transportation and sport as causes of injury were also the most frequent in young adults, but with sport playing a lesser role for this age group.

The rates of intentional injury (both self-inflected and assaultive), and drug overdose injury were also very high in both age groups.

Sponsor: National Better Health Program, Department of Health and Community Services (Victoria)