Establishing a military-specific injury pyramid to inform injury risk management

Rodney Pope, Rob Marc Orr

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Aim: To establish a contemporary, military-specific, injury pyramid to inform injury risk management
Design: Literature review with quantitative synthesis.
Method: Recent reports documenting primary and secondary analyses of recorded injury rates, levels of injury severity, and levels of reporting and non- or under-reporting of injuries in Australian and United States military populations were gathered and reviewed. Key data were extracted and synthesised to develop a contemporary military-specific injury pyramid for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) that could inform future injury risk management.
Results: The estimated ratio of fatalities: serious injuries: minor/ moderate injuries was 1: 62: 19550. Evidence indicates that half of the minor/ moderate injuries may go unreported and be self-managed, and that another 45% of minor/moderate injuries may be reported to ADF healthcare providers but not to work health and safety incident reporting systems. Top reasons for non-reporting include: fear of career impacts; avoiding duty-limiting medical profiles; inconvenience of seeking treatment; and avoiding negative perceptions from others.
Conclusion: Estimates of unreported injuries should be considered alongside reported injuries when estimating military injury risks. There a range of reasons military personnel do not report and instead selfmanage their injuries. Understanding this assists in more accurately assessing injury risks and ensuring
injury management (or self-management) is optimised and risks associated with injury self-management are well-managed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2019
EventTRANSFORM 2019 Physiotherapy Conference - Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 17 Oct 201919 Oct 2019 (Book of Abstracts)


ConferenceTRANSFORM 2019 Physiotherapy Conference
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