Unintentional injury (50+ years)

Unintentional injury indicators

Unintentional injury hospitalisations were significantly higher for Māori of both genders and age groups. Māori males in the 50–64 years age group were over 1.5 times more likely than non-Māori to be hospitalised for an unintentional injury (RR 1.61, CI 1.52–1.69). There was a similar disparity in females of this age (RR 1.60, CI 1.50–1.70).

Unintentional injury mortality rates were also higher for Māori in this age group, with Māori males twice as likely to die from an unintentional injury compared with non-Māori males (RR 2.12, CI 1.53–2.92), and Māori females 2.5 times more likely than non-Māori females to die from this cause (RR 2.51, CI 1.58–4.00). The comparisons in the 65+ years age group showed similar disparities between Māori and non-Māori.

How to interpret results – tables

Table 32: Unintentional injury indicators, Māori and non-Māori, by gender
  Males Females
  50–64 years 65+ years 50–64 years 65+ years
Indicator Māori non-Maori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori
All unintentional injury hospitalisation, 2007–09, rate per 100,000 1846.2
(1739.6–1959.3)
1150.1
(1125.8–1175.0)
2171.9
(1972.3–2391.6)
1627.5
(1581.2–1675.2)
1183.5
(1105.3–1267.1)
742.0
(723.1–761.3)
1874.3
(1700.9–2065.5)
1551.4
(1509.6–1594.4)
All unintentional injury mortality, 2005–07, rate per 100,000 53.1
(38.6–71.2)
25.1
(22.0–28.5)
129.8
(93.2–176.1)
64.7
(59.6–70.1)
24.2
(15.2–36.6)
9.6
(7.8–11.8)
57.1
(36.9–84.3)
40.9
(37.9–44.0)

Sources: National Minimum Dataset (Hospital Events) (MNMDS), Ministry of Health; Mortality Collection (MORT), Ministry of Health

Notes:
Age standardised to the 2001 Census total Māori population.
Hospitalisations are ethnicity-adjusted rates; all other rates use prioritised ethnicity see Ngā Tapuae me ngā Raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.

Top three unintentional injury mortality categories

Table 33 shows the three most common causes of death from unintentional injury for those aged 50 years and over, by gender and ethnicity. Falls and motor vehicle traffic accidents were the top two causes of unintentional injury death for all older people. Death by drowning was the third most common cause of death for older Māori males while all other transport accidents and poisoning were the third most common causes of unintentional injury death for non-Māori males and females respectively.

How to interpret results – tables

Table 33: Top three unintentional injury mortality categories, ranked by age-standardised rates, Māori and non-Māori, aged 50+ years, by gender, 2005–2007
  50 + years
Indicator Māori non-Māori
Males Falls
Motor vehicle traffic accidents
Drowning
Falls
Motor vehicle traffic accidents
All other transport accidents
Females Motor vehicle traffic accidents
Falls
Falls
Motor vehicle traffic accidents
Poisoning

Source: Mortality Collection (MORT), Ministry of Health

Note:
Prioritised ethnicity has been used: see Ngā Tapuae me ngā Raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.
A dash (–) indicates that the data were unavailable due to low counts.

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