Although all individuals in Wales are at risk of experiencing an injury, certain groups in the population appear to be at greater risk of injury than others (e.g. younger and older people). Further, the severity and impact of some types of injury and socio-demographic groups appear to be greater than for other groups (e.g. fall related injuries result in the greatest number of years lost due to ill health, disability or premature death).
To ensure the greatest reduction in the frequency and severity of injuries across Wales, it is essential that evidence based interventions, practices and policies are targeted towards those groups at highest risk of injury. Further, given the current period of austerity, it is even more crucial to ensure policy makers and individuals/organisations with a remit in injury prevention, are accurately informed about the types of individuals and injuries which contribute the greatest health, social and economic burdens.
The following page lists the priority areas for injury prevention in Wales. Further information relating to each priority area can be accessed by clicking on the relevant link:
- Road Traffic Injuries in the 18-24 age group
- Self-harm injuries in 15-24 age group; particularly females in the 15-17 age group. .
- Falls in older people aged 70+
More priority areas to be added shortly.