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released: 5 Jul 2016 author: AIHW

This report provides information about children and young people aged 0–24 who were hospitalised as a result of poisoning in Australia. Almost half (49%) of all cases occurred among 18–24 year olds and a quarter among 15–17 year olds (26%). The highest rate of poisoning by pharmaceuticals was seen in 15–17 year old girls (589 cases per 100,000). The majority (37%) of these cases were caused by non-opioid analgesics (for example, ibuprofen and paracetamol).

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
    • Poisoning by pharmaceuticals
    • Poisoning by other substances
    • Intentional self-harm
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Types of substances causing poisoning
      • Age groups
      • Methods and data sources
      • Structure of this report
    • 2 Overview
      • Age and sex
      • Length of stay
      • High threat to life
      • Place of injury
      • Remoteness of usual residence
    • 3 Poisoning by pharmaceuticals
      • Length of stay
      • Type of pharmaceutical
    • 4 Poisoning by other substances
      • Length of stay
      • Type of substance
    • 5 Intent
      • Intentional self-poisoning
      • Unintentional poisoning
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Data issues
        • Data sources
        • Estimating incident cases
        • Poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances
        • Length of stay
        • Rates
        • Classification of remoteness area
        • Confidentiality and reliability of data
        • Errors, inconsistencies and uncertainties
        • Data Quality Statement: National Hospital Morbidity Database
      • Appendix B: Additional tables
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Poisoning in children and young people 2012–13. Injury research and statistics series no. 97. Cat. no. INJCAT 173. Canberra: AIHW.

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