May 23, 2018
Bad back stats for Maori
A study of traumatic injuries have found Maori have a much higher incidence of traumatic injuries than Pakeha.
The first of a new series of reports by the New Zealand Spinal Cord Injury Registry found falls, sports, and vehicle accidents are the leading causes of traumatic injuries.
Two-thirds of participants in the report suffered a trauma, with 36 per cent injured in a fall; 28 per cent during sport, and 23 per cent as the result of a vehicle accident.
Non-traumatic injuries notified to the registgry are largely due to degeneration, disease, cancer, or infection.
One in five of those on the register are Maori and just under half are New Zealand European, but Maori accounted for 28 per cent of all traumatic injuries.
Males account for 73 per cent of all spinal cord injuries and 78 per cent of traumatic injuries, while women are more likely to have non-traumatic injuries.
ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says the level of detail in the data should provide insights to researchers, health care providers, and policy makers.
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