Royal Flying Doctor Service
Royal Flying Doctor Service research reveals the hospital costs of avoidable accidents exceeds $1 billion each year. Across every measure, rates of injury and associated death are higher in country Australia than in major cities:
- Road Fatalities: More than half of road fatalities occur on rural and remote roads.
- Workplace Injury: Injury fatality rates for agricultural workers are 9 times higher than any other industry.
- Poisoning: Death rates from poisoning are 3.5 times higher in remote areas compared to major cities.
- Assault deaths: Australians in remote areas are 3.8 times more likely to die from an injury caused by assault than in major cities.
- Children: Children from very remote areas are 2.2 times more likely to be hospitalised for an injury than children in cities.
- Indigenous: Indigenous people in remote and very remote areas are twice as likely as indigenous people in major cities to be hospitalised for an injury.
Read more in The Royal Flying Doctor Service report.
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