- The World Health Organization estimates that 391,000 people die as a result of a fall worldwide each year.
- Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injury death globally, after road traffic injuries.
- There are around 200,000 Australian and 56,000 New Zealand hospitalisations per year as a result of falls.
- In Australia, just over half of fall-related hospitalisations are for females and 56% occur in people aged 65 years and older.
- Fall-related hospitalisation rates are higher in young males (aged 5 to 24 years) but higher in older females (aged 55 years onwards).
- Fractures are the most common type of injury requiring hospitalisation.
- Falling from playground equipment is the most common cause of falls for young children (less than 14 years) whilst slipping, tripping and stumbling on the same level is the most common cause for older adults.
- Trends in hospitalised injury, Australia 1999–00 to 2014–15
- WHO GLOBAL Report on Falls Prevention in Older Age
- Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People -Best Practice Guidelines for Australian Community Care
- The National Falls Prevention for Older People Plan: 2004 Onwards
- Falls Prevention Model of Care (Western Australia)
- Ladder injuries in NSW
- Trends in hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia
- Report on the reduction of major trauma and injury from ladder falls (Victoria)
- Don’t fall for it: A guide to preventing falls for older people
- Know Injury WA Falls fact sheet
- NSQHS Standards fact sheet
- Active and Healthy NSW
- Australian Commission for Safety and Quality on Health Care
- Australia/New Zealand Falls Prevention Society
- Injury Matters – Stay On Your Feet WA
- Falls Prevention in SA
- Health Victoria
- NSW Falls Prevention Network
- Queensland Stay On Your Feet
- Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination
- CDC Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries
- Injury Matters (Stay On Your Feet WA®) YouTube Channel
- NSW Falls Prevention Network Videos
- National Council on Ageing (US)
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