Cyclists aged 45 years and over are more likely to have life-threatening cycling injuries and stay longer in hospital than younger cyclists, according to a new AIHW report, examining injury hospitalisations and deaths for pedal cyclists. The report, Pedal Cyclist Deaths and Hospitalisations 1999-00 to 2015-16, found that during the 17-year period almost 160,000 cyclists were hospitalised, with the rate rising on average 1.5% each year. Of 651 cyclists who died, almost eight in 10 were aged 25 and over and nine in 10 were male. Read more at: www.aihw.gov.au/reports/injury/pedal-cyclist-injury-deaths-hospitalisations/contents/summary.
Recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have shown that most Australians rate their health literacy as being positive. The National Health Survey: Health Literacy, 2018 found that 33% of Australians found it always easy to discuss health concerns with their healthcare providers, 56% found this to be usually easy, whereas 12% found it difficult. Survey was conducted from January 2018 to August 2018 and involved 5790 adults. The data also showed that 32% of people strongly agreed that they felt understood and supported by healthcare providers, 64% agreed and only 4% disagreed or strongly disagreed. Read more at: www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4364.0.55.014.