Falls Statistics

NSW Health Falls Statistics

Health Statistics NSW
This is an interactive, web-based application that allows users to access data and tailor reports about the health of the New South Wales population for their own use.

A range of indicators on fall-related injury in NSW can be accessed.

Clinical Excellence Commission – Safety and quality of Healthcare in NSW – eChartbook Portal

Fall related hospitalisations 2016-17


AIHW: Kreisfeld R, Pointer S, and Bradley C 2017. Trends in hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia 2002–03 to 2012–13. Injury research and statistics series no. 106.Cat.no.INJCAT182. Canberra: AIHW

Paul SS et al 2017. Trends in fall-related ambulance use and hospitalisation among older adults in NSW, 2006-2013: a retrospective population-based study. Public Health Research & Practice, September 2017; Online early

Agency for Clinical Information; Institute of Trauma and Injury Management: Ladder Injuries in NSW 2015

AIHW: Pointer S 2015. Trends in hospitalised injury, Australia: 1999–00 to 2012–13. Injury research and statistics series no. 95. Cat. no. INJCAT 171. Canberra: AIHW (this report includes falls statistics on page 72)

Major Trauma in NSW in 2013, A report from the NSW Trauma Registry (this includes Falls statistics).

Trends in fall related hospitalisations, persons aged 65 years and over, NSW, 1998-99 to 2011-12 

Understanding which falls and which populations are at risk of the significant consequences of falls is vital for the targeting resources in the future and evaluating the impact of fall prevention strategies.
This report describes the epidemiology of fall-related hospitalisations over a fourteen year period in NSW from 1998 to 2012 by four key indicators:
1) all fall-related hospitalisations,
2) injury hospitalisations,
3) fracture hospitalisations, and
4) non-fracture hospitalisations.
Trend across LHDs are reported to inform falls prevention plans and Service planning at the local health district level.

The report can be accessed at:


The incidence and cost of falls injury among older people in New South Wales 2006/07

The report provides the most comprehensive estimate to date of the costs associated with falls injury among older people in NSW. The total cost of health care associated with fall-related injury, among older people, to NSW, in 2006/07, is estimated at $558.5 million.

The considerable cost of these injuries to the NSW health system and the community underscores the need for significant investment in falls injury prevention, in both the community and residential aged care settings, to reduce these costs. Data from this study will be used in: cost-effectiveness studies on falls interventions at the population level; to inform NSW falls prevention policy development; and the prioritisation of evidence-based prevention programs within the community.

Incidence and cost of falls in NSW 2006/07

Moller J 2003. Projected costs of fall related injury to older persons due to demographic change in Australia. Report to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing under the National Falls Prevention for Older People Initiative, Commonwealth of Australia 2003, Publications approval number 3314.

AIHW Publications relevant to Falls Statistics

Tovell A, Harrison JE & Pointer S 2014. Hospitalised injury in older Australians, 2011–12. Injury research and statistics series no. 90. Cat. no. INJCAT 166. Canberra: AIHW.

Bradley C 2013. Hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia 2009–10. Canberra: AIHW

Tovell A, McKenna K, Bradley C & Pointer S 2012. Hospital separations due to injury and poisoning, Australia 2009-10. AIHW 2012

AIHW Report Profile, Hopsitalisations due to falls by older people 2006-07 to 2008-09

Bradley C 2012. Hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia 2008–09. Injury research and statistics series no. 62. Cat. no. INJCAT 138. Canberra: AIHW.

Bradley C 2012. Hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia 2007–08. Injury research and statistics series no. 61. Cat. no. INJCAT 137. Canberra: AIHW.

Bradley C 2012. Hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia 2006–07. Injury research and statistics series no. 57. Cat. No. INJCAT 133. Canberra: AIHW.