An area analysis of child injury morbidity in Auckland

J Paediatr Child Health. 1992 Dec;28(6):438-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.1992.tb02713.x.


The geographical distribution of child injury morbidity in Auckland between 1982 and 1987 was examined. Analysis of total injury, pedestrian injury and vehicle occupant injury, with the census area unit as the basic spatial entity revealed distinct variations in child injury morbidity by census area unit. Morbidity rates were above average in parts of the central urban area and South Auckland and below average on the North Shore. Total injury morbidity and pedestrian injury morbidity rates were strongly correlated with census area unit unemployment rates, which were used as a measure of socio-economic deprivation. Geographical areas with high rates of child injury morbidity, to which injury prevention resources can be directed, were identified. In particular, the results suggest that injury prevention programmes should be targeted at socio-economically disadvantaged communities.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Unemployment
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*