Falls most common cause of injury

Falls are both the leading cause of injury resulting in hospitalisation and the type of injury that has increased most in recent years, notes a new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report. From July 1999 to June 2013, the rate of hospitalisation due to injury increased by about 1% a year, rising to 1900 per 100,000 people in 2013. During 2012–13, 40% of all hospitalisations were as a result of a fall; over half the cases were in people aged over 65 years, and most in this age group were women. Read the report, Trends in Hospitalised Injury, Australia: 1999-00 to 2012-13 via the AIHW website (http://www.aihw.gov.au).

CT scans for the young: resources

A range of resources aimed at reducing unnecessary radiation exposure to children and young people from CT scans has been launched by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. The resources, including brochures for parents and carers outlining the benefits and risks of CT scans, posters for healthcare practices, and information for referring doctors, are available from Healthdirect (http://www.healthdirect.gov.au/ctscansforkids), which has partnered with the Commis­sion in their development. Each year over 80,000 CT scans are performed on young people in Australia.