Unintentional injury

Indicator
Males Females Total
Table 41a: Unintentional injury indicators, by age group and gender, Māori [1]
All unintentional injury mortality, 0–14 years, rate per 100,000, 2010–12 18.5
(14.4–23.5)
11.1
(7.9–15.2)
14.9
(12.2–18.0)
All unintentional injury mortality, 15–64 years, rate per 100,000, 2010–12 53.9
(48.2–60.1)
13.7
(11.0–16.9)
32.8
(29.7–36.1)
All unintentional injury mortality, 65+ years, rate per 100,000, 2010–12 97.0
(70.2–130.7)
59.3
(41.7–81.7)
75.5
(59.8–93.9)
All unintentional injury hospitalisations, 0–14 years, rate per 100,000, 2012–14 1534.7
(1494.6–1575.7)
1105.7
(1070.8–1141.4)
1326.2
(1299.5–1353.4)
All unintentional injury hospitalisations, 15–64 years, rate per 100,000, 2012–14 2021.2
(1958.2–2057.7)
890.0
(867.7–912.7)
1427.6
(1406.9–1448.6)
All unintentional injury hospitalisations, 65+ years, rate per 100,000, 2012–14 2214.4
(2104.3–2328.8)
2045.4
(1951.7–2142.4)
2124.8
(2053.0–2198.5)
Indicator
Males Females Total
Table 41b: Unintentional injury indicators, by age group and gender, non-Māori [1]
All unintentional injury mortality, 0–14 years, rate per 100,000, 2010–12 5.7
(4.4–7.4)
2.7
(1.7–3.9)
4.2
(3.4–5.2)
All unintentional injury mortality, 15–64 years, rate per 100,000, 2010–12 27.1
(25.4–28.8)
11.0
(10.0–12.1)
18.9
(18.0–19.9)
All unintentional injury mortality, 65+ years, rate per 100,000, 2010–12 69.8
(65.0–74.8)
53.4
(50.1–56.8)
61.0
(58.1–63.9)
All unintentional injury hospitalisations, 0–14 years, rate per 100,000, 2012–14 1380.6
(1358.1–1403.3)
968.4
(949.1–988.0)
1179.5
(1164.6–1194.5)
All unintentional injury hospitalisations, 15–64 years, rate per 100,000, 2012–14 1487.1
(1474.5–1499.8)
682.5
(674.5–690.6)
1080.8
(1073.4–1088.3)
All unintentional injury hospitalisations, 65+ years, rate per 100,000, 2012–14 2145.7
(2122.1–2169.4)
2225.3
(2206.3–2244.5)
2196.6
(2181.8–2211.5)

Māori children aged 0–14 years had an unintentional injury mortality rate 3.5 times that of non-Māori children in the same age group in 2010–12 (RR 3.53, CI 2.66–4.70). Māori children had a significantly higher unintentional injury hospitalisation rate than that of non-Māori children in 2012–14 (RR 1.12, CI 1.10–1.15).

In the equivalent time periods, Māori adults aged 15–64 years had an unintentional injury mortality rate more than 1.5 times that for non-Māori adults in the same age group (RR 1.73, CI 1.55–1.94), and the unintentional injury hospitalisation rate for Māori was about 30% higher than that of non-Māori adults (RR 1.32, CI 1.30–1.34).

Māori adults aged 65 years or over had a similar unintentional injury mortality rate and hospitalisation rate as that of non-Māori (RR 1.24, CI 0.99–1.55 for mortality; RR 0.97, CI 0.92–1.02 for hospitalisation). However, Māori females in this age group had significantly lower unintentional injury hospitalisation rates than non-Māori females (RR 0.92, CI 0.86–0.98).

  Māori Non-Māori
Table 42: Top 3 unintentional injury mortality categories, ranked by counts, by age group and gender, Māori and non-Māori, 2010–12 [2]
Males 0–14 years Suffocation/accidental threats to breathing
Motor vehicle accidents
Accidental drowning and submersion
Motor vehicle accidents
Suffocation/accidental threats to breathing
Accidental drowning and submersion
Males 15–64 years Motor vehicle accidents
Accidental poisoning by exposure to noxious substances
Falls
Motor vehicle accidents
Accidental poisoning by exposure to noxious substances
Falls
Males 65+ years Falls
Motor vehicle accidents
Accidental poisoning by exposure to noxious substances
Falls
Motor vehicle accidents
Suffocation/accidental threats to breathing
Females 0–14 years Suffocation/accidental threats to breathing
Motor vehicle accidents
Accidental drowning and submersion
Motor vehicle accidents
Accidental drowning and submersion
Suffocation/accidental threats to breathing
Females 15–64 years Motor vehicle accidents
Accidental poisoning by exposure to noxious substances
Falls
Motor vehicle accidents
Accidental poisoning by exposure to noxious substances
Falls
Females 65+ years Falls
Motor vehicle accidents
Suffocation/accidental threats to breathing
Falls
Motor vehicle accidents
Suffocation/accidental threats to breathing

Table 42 shows that the 3 most common causes of unintentional injury mortality differed by age group, gender and ethnicity in 2010–12. Motor vehicle traffic was a common cause of unintentional injury causing death for all groups. For older people aged 65 years and over, falls were the most common cause of death by unintentional injury.


1. Notes:

Sources: Mortality Collection Data Set (MORT), Ministry of Health; National Minimum Data Set (NMDS), Ministry of Health


2. Note: Prioritised ethnicity has been used – see Ngā tapuae me ngā raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.

Source: Mortality Collection Data Set (MORT), Ministry of Health

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