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4363.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/06/2013   
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Contents >> Health conditions >> Injuries

INJURIES

Definition

This topic determines whether any conditions reported by the respondent resulted from an injury.

Population

Information was collected in respect of all persons for whom one or more conditions had been reported in the NHS.

Methodology

Respondents who had reported one or more conditions were asked whether any of the condition(s) was the result of an injury.

Respondents who reported that one or more conditions were due to an injury were asked, in respect of each condition whether the injury occurred:

  • at work
  • school/study
  • in a motor vehicle accident
  • during exercise or sport
  • at home
  • somewhere else.

For each condition reported to have been caused by injury, respondents were asked how old they were when the injury occurred.

Data items

The data items and related output categories for this topic are available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads page of this product.

Interpretation

Points to be considered in interpreting data from this topic include the following:
  • The data was self-reported, and reflect the respondent's view of causality and responsibility. Conditions identified as due to an injury at work were not necessarily consistent with those which might be deemed to be work related for workers' compensation purposes.
  • The questions were asked only in respect of conditions which had previously been reported during the survey interview. To the extent that respondents had failed to previously report a condition, the origin of the injury could not be established.
  • Injuries that did not cause recorded conditions are not reported in the survey.

Comparability with 2007-08

Data are considered broadly comparable between the surveys. However, this topic is directly dependent on the conditions previously reported in the survey, so that any change in methodology affecting the likelihood of conditions being reported will impact on comparability.

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