Journal article

The epidemiology of emergency presentations for falls from height 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 G Sutherland, Sharon L Brennan-Olsen, Lana J Williams, Julie A Pasco



BACKGROUND: In order to implement intervention strategies to prevent falls from height, epidemiological data are needed. The aim of this study was to map emergency presentations for falls from height in residents aged ≥40yr of the western region of Victoria, Australia. METHODS: Emergency presentations following a fall from height (≥1m) were obtained from electronic medical records for 2014-2016 inclusive. For each Local Government Area, age-standardised incidence rates (per 10,000 population/year) were calculated. RESULTS: The age-standardised incidence rate was lowest in the Northern Grampians (3.4 95%CI 0.8-5.9), which has several main industries including health care, agriculture and manu..

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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. Authors are supported by an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship; a stipend from the Centre for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment Strategic Research Centre Deakin University and National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowships (1107510 and 1064272). We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of the Centre for Victorian Data Linkage at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services for the provision of linked data from the Victorian Emergency Minimum Dataset.