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Serious injury outcome indicators: 2000–16
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  04 October 2017
Key facts

Serious injury outcome indicators shows trends in fatal, serious non-fatal, and serious (fatal and non-fatal) injuries for the whole population, Māori, and children (aged under 15 years). Data is available to 2014 for fatal and serious injuries, and to 2016 for serious non-fatal injuries.

The latest provisional data shows:

  • There were 1,799 fatal injuries in 2014. This equates to an age-standardised rate of 36.9 per 100,000 people, similar to the 2013 rate of 36.2. 
  • There were 10,566 serious non-fatal injuries in 2016. This equates to an age-standardised rate of 202.6 per 100,000 people. This rate has been increasing since 2012. 
  • The age-standardised rate of suicide deaths was broadly stable, at 11.2 per 100,000 people in 2014. 
  • The age-standardised rate of serious non-fatal motor-vehicle traffic-crash injuries increased to 38.5 injuries per 100,000 people in 2016, up from 35.7 in 2015. 
  • The age-standardised rate of serious non-fatal work-related injuries decreased to 14.3 injuries per 100,000 FTEs in 2016, down from 15.0 in 2015. This rate has been decreasing since 2012.

The indicators used to monitor progress towards the New Zealand Government’s 2020 work-related injury reduction target will be published in an upcoming news story.

All injuries

 

Note: SNF serious non-fatal. 2014 fatal and 2016 serious non-fatal data is provisional.

Suicide deaths and intentional self-harm injuries

 

Note: SNF serious non-fatal. 2014 suicide deaths and 2016 serious non-fatal data is provisional.

Motor-vehicle traffic crashes

 

Note: 2016 data is provisional

Work-related injuries

 

Note: 2016 data is provisional

Acknowledgements

Stats NZ acknowledges the contribution of the Injury Prevention Research Unit of the University of Otago in developing the serious injury outcome indicators presented here. We also acknowledge the support of Analytical Services at the Ministry of Health, ACC, WorkSafe New Zealand, the Ministry of Transport, and Water Safety New Zealand as sources of data used for calculating the indicators. 
 

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 2324-2620
4 October 2017

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