Journal article

The epidemiology of emergency presentations for falls across Western Victoria, Australia

Kara L Holloway-Kew, Tim R Baker, Muhammad A Sajjad, Mark A Kotowicz, Patricia M Livingston, Mustafa Khasraw, Sharon Hakkennes, Trisha L Dunning, Susan Brumby, Richard S Page, Alasdair Sutherland, Svetha Venkatesh, Sharon L Brennan-Olsen, Lana J Williams, Julie A Pasco



BACKGROUND: In order to develop and implement prevention strategies for falls, comprehensive epidemiological data are required. Therefore, this study mapped emergency presentations for falls across the western region of Victoria, Australia, encompassing urban, regional and rural areas. METHODS: This cross-sectional study utilised electronic data for emergency presentations following a fall from <1m for individuals aged ≥40yr during 2014-2016 inclusive. Age-standardised incidence rates (per 1000 population/year) were calculated for each Local Government Area (LGA). RESULTS: Age-standardised falls incidence varied across the LGAs, with the lowest occurring in the Rural City of Ararat LGA (4.4;..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The study was funded by the Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre, a partnership for research collaboration between Deakin University, Federation University and 13 health service providers operating across western Victoria. MAS is supported by an IMPACT Strategic Research Centre (Deakin University) stipend; SLB-O is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1107510). LJW is supported by a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1064272) and KLH-K is supported by an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.