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Older cyclists have more severe injury

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.

Most Australians rate their health literacy as positive

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.