Fall-related injuries while walking in Victoria

Globally, falls are a major public health problem. Each year an estimated 37.3 million falls are severe enough to require medical attention and 424,000 fatal falls occur. Falls and fall-related injuries can occur in various places and during a range of activities, including walking in public spaces. However, the majority of research addresses falls in and around the home and in supported aged-care facilities (for older populations), and while engaging in sport and recreational activities (for children and youth). To date there have been no Australian studies addressing falls and fall-related injuries while walking in public spaces. Further, crash-based data sources most commonly used to understand road-related injuries may be limited in their ability to provide an understanding of falls and fall-related incidents and so do not provide a full picture of injury risk in the road environment. Consequently, there is very little understanding of the nature and extent of falling and fall-related injury while walking in public spaces in Australia, and therefore little consideration of this issue in the larger road safety debate. This Australian-first study was undertaken to bridge the gap in our knowledge regarding some of the issues surrounding falls while walking. A three-phased study methodology was used, and included: 1. A rapid targeted review of national and international literature; 2. Examination of Victorian Police-reported crash and hospital-based injury data to quantify and describe prevalence, characteristics and injury outcomes of falls while walking in the street environment; and 3. Synthesis of findings and provision of recommendations for policy, practice and areas for further research.


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  • Accession Number: 01596422
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 20 2016 2:37PM