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Road safety

From 2016 to 2018 there were 199 road crashes in Boroondara of which 190 involved serious injuries, and another nine which involved fatalities (Table 1).

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists form part of a group known as 'vulnerable road users' because they lack external protection in the event of a crash.

Serious injury or fatal crashes

Table 1: Number of serious injury or fatal crashes, City of Boroondara, 2016 to 2018 

Severity

2016

2017

2018

Grand Total

Fatal crashes

4

1

4

9

Serious injury crashes

65

70

55

190

Grand Total

69

71

59

199

Reported injuries by road user type

Figure 1 presents the number of people severely or fatally injured in crashes, by road user type, in the City of Boroondara from 2016 to 2018.

Collision with a vehicle was the main accident type (32% or 63 incidents) in Boroondara, followed by motorcyclists and pillion (23% or 45 incidents) and then pedestrians (21% or 42 incidents).

The chart shows no clear trend in the total number of severe or fatal injuries sustained by passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pillions.   

For more information see VicRoads' CrashStats tool.

Reported injuries by road user type 2016 to 2018

Figure 1: Number of reported injuries by road user type categories, City of Boroondara, 2016 to 2018 (source: Vic Road Crash Statistics).

Injuries from falls

Boroondara’s population is ageing. Over the next ten years (2020 to 2030) the Boroondara population is forecast to increase by 7%.

The Boroondara population aged 60 years and over is forecast to grow by 14% over the same period. Falls are a significant risk for older people which can impact on loss of independence and mortality.

Between July 2018 to June 2019, 702 Boroondara residents aged over 60 years presented at an emergency department in a Victorian public hospital for an injury caused by a fall. Figure 2 shows that the risk of emergency department presentations due to falls increases with age.

Presentations to emergency

Figure 2 presents the number of emergency department presentations for falls, by age group, among Boroondara residents in from July 2018 to June 2019.

It shows a substantial increase in the rate of emergency department presentations with increasing age.

Graph of emergency department admissions for falls by age

Figure 2: Number of emergency department presentations by age for falls by age group, Boroondara. 2018-19 (source: Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit, 2020)

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