School of Population Health

Community-led solutions to prevent Aboriginal child injury

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Injury is the leading cause of death in Australian children. Our School is working together with Aboriginal community-controlled organisations in Walgett, NSW to see whether engaging young parents to deliver injury prevention messages can lead to better health outcomes.

Aboriginal children have higher rates of injury than non-Aboriginal children, particularly in remote areas. Serious childhood injury can have lifelong implications. Many of the risk factors that give rise to childhood injuries are the same as the risk factors for chronic disease.

Aboriginal Community-led interventions are likely to be the most effective means of preventing child injuries, but there has been little research or evaluation show what works best.

The highest risk of injury is during early childhood and adolescence. Targeting young parents aged 15 to 24 therefore offers a good opportunity for engagement and improving health literacy around injury prevention.

This project involves a rigorous evaluation of a community-led child injury prevention program in partnership with Aboriginal community-controlled organisations in Walgett, NSW.

Led by Professor Rebecca Ivers and funded by The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, this project is the result of a partnership between UNSW’s School of Population Health, Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Ltd (WAMS), the Dharriwaa Elders Group, Walgett (DEG), Kidsafe NSW and the University of Wollongong.

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