'Every day around the world the lives of... families are torn apart by the loss of a child to unintentional injury or so-called ‘accidents’ that could have been prevented. The grief that these families suffer – mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents and friends – is immeasurable and often impacts on entire communities. Such tragedy can change lives irrevocably’. As stated by WHO & UNICEF (2008 p vii)
The pain is even greater if simple measures could have prevented the incident.
Unintentional injuries are a major cause of disability, which can have a long-lasting impact on all facets of a child’s life; relationships, learning and play (WHO & UNICEF 2008). Injury has a major, but often preventable, impact on the health of young Australians.
Kidsafe SA is the lead agency dedicated to preventing unintentional deaths and reducing the incidence and severity of injuries to children aged less than 15 years. Our underpinning philosophy is ‘Prevention is better than cure’. Through the provision of information, education, training, advocacy, and working in collaboration and partnership with like-minded organisations, Kidsafe SA works to influence legislation, state and local governments, organisations, communities and families to become more aware of how to reduce unintentional childhood death and injuries.
More children die from injury (36%) in Australia than cancer (19%), and diseases of the nervous system (11%), combined (ABS 2006).
We are very grateful for the generosity and support of all our sponsors and those who donate to help keep kids healthy, safe and having fun!