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Firearm-related morbidity in Australia, 1994-95 to 1998-99

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 198

Jenny Mouzos
ISBN 0 642 24221 6 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, March 2001

Abstract

A statistical overview of trends and patterns in firearm related hospital separations in Australia and each of its eight States and Territories is presented for the period 1994-95 to 1998-99. The data, which shows an observed decline in the rate of hospital separations due to firearm related injuries, provides: number and morbidity rates; jurisdictional comparisons; type of firearm used; gender variation; age variation; and separation mode. The findings have significant implications for policy in devising strategies to limit the risk of injury from firearms.