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released: 19 Apr 2017 author: AIHW media release

This factsheet examines hospitalisations (2013–14) and deaths (2012–13) that occurred as a result of firearm-related injuries. Over 90% of all firearm-related hospitalisations and deaths occurred among men. Over a third of hospitalised cases were the result of unintentional injury, one-third (33%) resulted from assault, and in almost one-fifth (19%) of cases, intent was undetermined. In contrast, over 79% of deaths resulted from intentional self-harm (suicide), while over 17% resulted from assault (homicide). Rates of firearm-related injuries for deaths fell between 1999–00 and 2013–14.

ISBN 978-1-76054-098-2; Cat. no. INJCAT 187; 6pp.; Internet only

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  • How many people are hospitalised or fatally injured due to firearm-related injuries?
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  • Unintentional injury, self-harm and assault
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2017. Firearm injuries and deaths. Cat. no. INJCAT 187. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 22 August 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129559172>.

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