Implementing the national priorities for injury surveillance

Med J Aust. 2008 Apr 7;188(7):405-8. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01685.x.


Injury is a leading cause of disability and death in Australia and is recognised as a national health priority area. The foundation of successful injury prevention is injury surveillance, and national policies and strategies developed over the past 20 years to reduce the burden of injury in Australia have included 22 recommendations on surveillance--only three of which have been completely implemented. Priorities for improving injury surveillance include: improving current injury mortality and morbidity data collection systems; filling the gaps in injury surveillance; maintaining vigilance over data quality; increasing the integration and accessibility of injury data; developing technical expertise in surveillance. Barriers to implementation of the current National Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Plan include the lack of an implementation plan, performance management structure, appropriate national governance structure and resources--all of which could be overcome with government commitment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Data Collection
  • Health Policy*
  • Health Priorities / organization & administration
  • Health Priorities / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Population Surveillance / methods*
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / mortality
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*