The Federal Budget has committed funding to create a national injury prevention plan following research and advocacy efforts by University of Sydney scholars and the Child Injury Prevention Alliance.
We are happy to announce that the Australian government has pledged:
- $0.9 million over three years from 2018-19 to develop a new National Injury Prevention Strategy;
- $1.0 million over two years from 2018-19 for the KIDS Foundation to provide the SeeMore Safety program to 5,000 kindergartens and preschools;
- $6.3 million over four years from 2018-19 to develop the Safe Sports Australia program and a national sports injury database to improve the safety of sports participation by young people;
- $50.0 million in 2018-19 and $50.0 million in 2020-21 for a Health Innovation Fund to fund trials that support preventive health innovations and better use of health data.
We will keep you updated once we know more about the details.
In the meantime, the full Budget can be viewed via – bp2_combined
The National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell has written to Federal Health Minister the Hon. Greg Hunt MP endorsing the creation and funding of a National Injury Prevention Commission to drive a national injury prevention strategy and action plan. In her letter, Commissioner Mitchell urges Minister Hunt for his support to CHIPA in establishing a forward agenda to reduce childhood injuries.
The full letter can be viwed via – 18.04.10 Letter to Hon.Greg Hunt MP
Children have a statistically significantly higher risk of dying from their injuries if their usual residence is regional/remote Australia.
Children injured in transport incidents have twice the mortality risk compared to other injury types twelve months post injury.
Unadjusted child deaths following injury hospitalisation have increased (up from 108 to 149 deaths a year).
Transport-related injuries rank as the second most costly mechanism of injury for children.
Falls represent almost 40% of injury hospital admissions and are the most common injury for children across all age groups (0-16).