Injury prevention in Australia

Injury is a major cause of preventable death and disability in Australia. Whether intended or accidental, most physical injuries can be prevented by identifying their causes and removing these, or reducing people’s exposure to them.

Page last updated: 05 November 2018

Injury Prevention and Control was endorsed as a National Priority Area by the Australian Health Ministers in 1996 in recognition of the national burden of injury.

The Department of Health (the Department) aims to reduce the incidence, morbidity and mortality associated with:

  • injury across all age groups; and
  • falls in non-Indigenous people aged 65 years and over and Indigenous people aged 55 years and over.

Evidence based research and analysis of injury related issues is supported by the Department through the National Injury Surveillance Unit of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the National Coroners Information System and the National Poisons Register.

Injury prevention plans

The National Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Plan: 2004 – 2014
Priority areas for action under The National Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Plan: 2004 - 2014 include children, youth and young people, adults, older persons, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, rural and remote populations and alcohol related injuries.

National Falls Prevention for Older People Plan: 2004 Onwards
The aim of this Plan is to work strategically and collectively to reduce the burden and impact of falls and fall related injury among older people.

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Safety Promotion Strategy
This Strategy has been developed to provide a broad strategic framework for preventing injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples