Injury surveillance: a key to effective control of childhood injuries

Aust Paediatr J. 1989 Feb;25(1):10-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.1989.tb01405.x.


Injuries account for 50% of deaths in Australian children aged 1-14 years, and are a major cause of hospital admission and disability. Injury surveillance systems involving the establishment of ongoing, systematic collection and analysis of data relevant to injury prevention and trauma management have a critical role in the effective control of the injury pandemic. Contemporary Australian initiatives including the establishment of the National Injury Surveillance and Prevention Project, new national public health programmes and research initiatives have the potential to establish a new wave of injury control programmes on a firm scientific base.

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention
  • Adolescent
  • Australia
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Public Health
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*