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11. Injury Volume 15 Issue 2

Michael Giffin, Louisa Jorm, Lee Taylor, Margaret Thomas

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Michael Giffin

Louisa Jorm

Lee Taylor

Margaret Thomas


Injuries are common in young people. In 2001, the Australian Bureau of Statistics National Health Survey found that 18 per cent of young people aged 12?24 years in Australia had experienced some sort of injury in the previous 4 weeks. Injury is also the leading cause of hospitalisation and death among young people in Australia. While there is extensive information on injuries that are serious enough to result in hospitalisation or death in young people, there is little information on injuries that are less severe but may occur more commonly.