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New Data on Unintentional Injury In Aboriginal Children

Friday 5th Apr

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:

  • Researchers found Aboriginal children were around 2.5 times more likely to have been treated for transport-related injuries and burns
  • Aboriginal children have a three times greater risk of poisonings than non-Aboriginal children.
  • Aboriginal children had 1.7 times higher rates of unintentional injuries.
  • Falls were the leading cause of injury in Aboriginal children – making up one third of all injuries.
  • Rates of burns, poisonings and transport injuries did fall for Aboriginal children from 2003 to 2012 – by 30%, 23% and 30% respectively.
  • The rates of Aboriginal children being struck (for example by a falling object) rose by 29%.


Kidsafe SA has been working with Aboriginal families and communities for many years. We have a wide range of resources available.

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