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Falls facts

One in four people over the age of 60 have a fall each year, and one in three people over the age of 65 experience a fall each year.

One in four people over the age of 60 will experience a fall each year.

One in three people over the age of 65 will experience a fall each year.

The most common injuries from a fall are fractures to the hip and thigh, followed by injuries to the head.

38% of injuries of falls occur to the hip and 20% occur to the head.

Slipping, tripping and stumbling were the most common causes of falls leading to hospitalisation.

Slip, trip and stumble

The length of time spent in hospital from an accidental fall and related injury is, on average, 7 days.

The length of time spent in hospital from an accidental fall and related injury is, on average, 7 days.

In men and women over the age of 65, falls remain one of the leading reasons for older people being admitted to hospital at a rate of 38% compared to 13% for transport related injuries.

falls remain one of the leading reasons for older people being admitted to hospital at a rate of 38% compared to 13% for transport related injuries.

Falls cause more injury-related deaths in Australian than transport crash fatalities.

Falls cause more injury-related deaths in Australian than transport crash fatalities.

Falls are not a normal part of getting older, falls can be prevented.

Group of older adults

To find out how you can prevent slips, trips and falls our How can I prevent falls? page.

 

 

AIHW: Bradley, C. (2013) Trends in Hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia 1999-00 to 2010-11, Injury Research and Statistics no. 84. cat. no. INJCAT 160. Canberra: AIHW. Retrieved from http://www.aihw.gov.au/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=60129543591

For more falls statistics and references visit the evidence and reference documents page.

 

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