The Royal Flying Doctor Service has released research titled The Royal Flying Doctor Service: Responding to injuries in remote and rural Australia. To download a copy of the report, click here.
This report gives details on falls, burns, poisonings, transport accidents, workplace injuries, drownings, self-harm and assault. The research finds Australians living in remote and very remote areas are:
- Almost twice as likely as city residents to sustain an injury, and 2.2 times more likely to be hospitalised for an injury;
- Four times more likely to die from a transport related injury than major city residents;
- 3.8 times (remote) and 4.2 times (very remote) more likely to die from assault than major city residents; and
- 1.7 times (remote) and 1.8 times (very remote) more likely to die from suicide than major city residents.
Additionally, injuries are a leading cause of death and hospitalisation amongst:
- Australian children—more children die from injuries (36%), than from cancer (19%) and diseases of the nervous system (11%) combined;
- Indigenous Australians; and
- Agricultural workers.
The research was conducted by the recently established Royal Flying Doctor Service Research and Policy Unit. It was critically reviewed by a panel of external experts, and is supported by Reconciliation Australia and the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety.