Injury-related Health Loss

Injury-related Health Loss: A report from the New …
08 Aug 2013

Injury-related Health Loss is a joint report from the Ministry of Health and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). The report presents the injury-related findings from the New Zealand Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study.

The report estimates the level of health loss resulting from both injury-related deaths and disability. The report looks at both the external cause of injury (eg, road transport injury) and the nature of the resulting injury (eg, traumatic brain injury), for both intentional and unintentional injury. Analysis is also provided on the risk factors for injury, including the contribution of alcohol, osteoporosis and mental illness towards injury.

Related reports: The NZBD also includes the following reports and a statistical annexe (other reports will follow later):

  • Health Loss in New Zealand: A report from the New Zealand Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study 2006–2016 summarises the key findings, objectives and methods of the NZBD and discusses implications for policy and monitoring.
  • Ways and Means: A report on methodology from the New Zealand Burden of Disease, Injury and Risk Study, 2006 - 2016 provides more detail about the data sources and statistical and epidemiological methods used in the NZBD New Zealand Burden of Diseases
  • Statistical Annexe is a series of excel pivot tables, providing the full results from the study. This includes estimates and projections of fatal, non-fatal and integrated health losses by age, sex and ethnicity for all disease, injury and risk factor causes, and estimates and projections of health expectancy. Both point estimates and standard errors are provided.

Key Results

Key findings

  • Injuries are the third most important cause of health loss in children and young people, and the fifth most important cause of health loss across all age groups.
  • Males account for nearly three-quarters of injury-related health loss.
  • Over half of all injury-related health loss occurs in those under 35 years old.
  • Self-inflicted and transport injuries are the leading causes of injury-related health loss.
  • Falls account for more than half of all injury-related health loss in older age groups.
  • Māori experience twice the rate of injury-related health loss compared to non-Māori, with health loss from assault four times higher in Māori.
  • Self-inflicted injury rates are highest in young people.
  • A third of all injury-related health loss results from traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, the majority of which is due to transport injuries.
  • Alcohol and mental illness each contribute towards a quarter of all injury-related health loss.
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