A study recently released by The George Institute found that Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander children are almost twice as likely to be hospitalised for unintentional injuries, such as falls, burns and poisoning than Non-Aboriginal children.
The study also found that the gap between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal children remains significant. There has been no overall improvement in injury rates since 2003.
Lead researcher Dr Holger Moller said:
“If you are an Aboriginal child you are much more likely to suffer an unintentional injury such as a burn, and this is despite nationwide safety campaigns and legislation. Children should not be turning up at our hospitals with preventable injuries and we need to recognise this inequality and put in place strategies that will start reducing this startling difference.”
The key findings of the study were:
Kidsafe SA has been working with Aboriginal families and communities for many years. We have a wide range of resources available.