Injury prevention in women

Clearinghouse Connector – May 2014

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Injury prevention is identified as a priority issue by the Victorian Government in the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2011-2015 and in the Victorian Women’s Health Program guidelines 2013-2017. Injury has the sixth highest burden of disease in terms of healthy years of life lost in Victoria. Injury may be intentional (inflicted by self or another) or unintentional (accidental). Injury prevention focuses on identifying the causes of injury and either eliminating or reducing exposure to these causes. This may include addressing factors that influence individual behaviour.


Hospital treated injuries to females Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit, 2014

A settings-based analysis of injury data in Victoria Hazard (Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit), 2013

Trends in hospitalised injury, Australia : 1999-00 to 2010-11 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2013

Women’s injury in the home in Victoria Monash University Accident Research Centre, 1999.


Hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia : 2009-10 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2013

Falls prevention in older adults : assessment and management Australian Family Physician, 2012

Older women in a state-wide, evidence-based falls prevention program : who enrolls and what benefits are obtained? Women’s Health Issues, 2010

The population approach to falls injury prevention in older people : findings of a two community trial BMC Public Health, 2010

Suicide and self-injury

Suicides In: Gender Indicators Australia Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2014

Women and suicide (Gender Impact Assessment) Women’s Health Victoria, 2011

Self-injury in Australia: a community survey Medical Journal of Australia, 2010

Violence against women

Chapter 9. Family violence patients presenting to the emergency department of the Victorian hospital system In: Victorian family violence database : volume 5, eleven year trend analysis 1999-2010 Victoria. Department of Justice, 2012

Primary prevention of violence against women Australian Domestic and Family Violence; Clearinghouse, 2014

Special collection : Traumatic brain injury and domestic violence : understanding the intersections National Online Resource Center on Domestic Violence, 2011

Road accidents

Trends in serious injuries due to land transport accidents Australia 2000-01 to 2008-09 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2012

Crash risk of older female drivers Monash University Accident Research Centre, 2005

Poisoning, toxic exposure

Prescription painkiller overdoses : a growing epidemic, especially among women CDC Vital Signs, 2013

Sex, gender and chemicals : factoring women into Canada’s chemicals management plan Canada. National Network on Environments and Women’s Health, 2011

Population settings

Comparison of injury-related hospitalised morbidity and mortality in urban and rural areas in Australia Rural and Remote Health, 2010

Injury among young Australians Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2008

Underlying causes and effects of injury in Australian Aboriginal populations : a rapid review Sax Institute, 2010

Workplace injury

Safe and healthy integration into semiskilled jobs : does gender matter? Work, 2012

Sports injury

The female athlete perspective : coach, parent, administrator guide University of Alberta. Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, 2008

Gender differences in sport injury risk and types of injuries : a retrospective twelve-month study on cross-country skiers, swimmers, long-distance runners and soccer players Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 2009


Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2011-2015 Victoria. Department of Health, 2011

National injury prevention and safety promotion plan 2004-2014 Australia. Department of Health and Ageing, 2005

Sports Injury Prevention Taskforce final report March 2013 Victoria. Department of Transport Planning and Local Infrastucture, 2013

Related websites

Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit

Australia. Department of Health Injury prevention in Australia page

Flinders University. Research Centre for Injury Studies

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