Spinal Cord Injury Registry releases first report

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Falls, sports, and vehicle accidents are the leading causes of traumatic injuries among the 161 people covered by the New Zealand Spinal Cord Injury Registry’s first report, released yesterday by ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

You may remember the launch of the Registry in 2016, when it was jointly established by ACC, Canterbury District Health Board and Counties Manukau Health, in partnership with the Rick Hansen Institute (Canada).

This report is a significant step toward improving information sharing and the understanding of spinal cord injuries, and the common complications that occur following injury. 

Snapshots from the report:

  • New Zealand Europeans make up 47 per cent of all participants in the report, followed by Māori (21 per cent), and Samoans (six per cent);
  • Māori have a much higher incidence of traumatic injuries (28 per cent of all traumatic injuries) than non-traumatic (eight per cent);
  • Males account for 73 per cent of all spinal cord injuries, and are more likely to suffer a traumatic (78 per cent) than non-traumatic injury (64 per cent);
  • Women are more likely to have non-traumatic (36 per cent) than traumatic injuries (22 per cent);
  • The youngest participant in the report was 15 and the oldest was 88. The average age is 51.

Please take the time view the report and the infographic summary provided at https://nzspinaltrust.org.nz/current-nzscir-statistics-and-information/ 

Further information

Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit (ASRU)