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Trends in the incidence of hospitalisation for injuries resulting from non-traffic crashes in New South Wales, July 1998 to June 2007

Clare E Bradley, James E Harrison and Geoffrey I Henley
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (10): 620.
Published online: 15 November 2010

To the Editor: It is incorrect for Chong and colleagues to state that “during the financial year 2006–07, 32 777 people were admitted to hospital in Australia due to road crashes”. It is also wrong for them to claim “it is often not clear how many of these road crashes are traffic crashes, and how many are non-traffic crashes”.1 Henley and Harrison report that there were 52 066 people seriously (but not fatally) injured due to land transport injury in 2006–07, and 32 777 of these (63.0%) occurred in traffic (on-road) accidents.2 A further 13 639 (26.2%) land transport injury cases in that year were explicitly described as non-traffic (off-road) accidents.

  • Clare E Bradley
  • James E Harrison
  • Geoffrey I Henley

  • Research Centre for Injury Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA.


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