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HARM AND HARMFUL SIDE-EFFECTS
In 2016-17, 4% of people aged 15 years and over had experienced harm or harmful side-effects from medication, medical care, treatment or a test. This was consistent with 2011-12 when data on harm and harmful side-effects was last collected. Females were more likely to have experienced harm or harmful side-effects than males (5% compared with 3%). See Table 2.2 in Downloads.
Of those who had experienced harm or harmful side-effects, 42% were at a general practice, hospital or other compared with 59% at home or someone else's house. This ratio changed from 2011-12 where the proportions were 34% and 66%.
Across Australia, 61% of people aged 15 years and over who experienced harm or harmful side-effects had been informed of the risk of what might occur and 70% of people received an explanation of what happened after the event. Males were more likely than females to have received an explanation of the most recent harm or harmful side-effects (73% compared with 66%). See Table 25.2 in Downloads.
Nationally, three quarters of people (75%) saw a health professional about their most recent harm or harmful side-effects. See Tables 1 and 25.2 in Downloads.
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