Australia needs to follow New Zealand's lead on sports injuries

Med J Aust. 2002 Jul 1;177(1):38-9. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04634.x.


Sports injuries result in substantial costs to the Australian community and also act as a barrier to increased participation in physical activity. However, the Australian healthcare system has no coordinated approach for monitoring or preventing sports injuries. This is in contrast to New Zealand, which has a specific body responsible for managing sports injuries, in a similar way to work injuries and traffic accidents.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / economics
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Australia
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Liability
  • New Zealand