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The Injury Control Council of WA joins Kidsafe WA Promoting Injury Prevention in the Great Southern

On average 7000 children are hospitalized in Western Australia each year as a result of
accidental injuries, according to Kidsafe WA.

Sadly, 27 of those children will die as a result of their injuries.

Injury is the leading cause of hospitalization for children under the age of 15 in Western
Australia, making injury prevention a top priority across all levels of government, as well as
for organisations, local councils, families and the broader community.

More than 330 children from the Great Southern Region are hospitalized each year as a
result of accidental injury1, with 60 children from the Great Southern Region presenting with
more serious injuries to the Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department during the
last financial year.

The statistics for adults in the Great Southern Region reveal road crashes and falls as the
leading cause of injury and death in the region, according to the Incidence and Costs of
Injury in Western Australia 2012, which examines the leading causes of injury and
hospitalization across the State.

The total lifetime cost of injuries in WA in 2012 was calculated at $9.6 billion, meaning each
injury event costs $42,000 on average.

The significant financial, emotional and psychological impact of injury across all levels of
society is an ongoing priority for leading injury prevention organisations such as Kidsafe WA
and the Injury Control Council of Western Australia, which continue to advocate for further
investment in injury prevention.

Kidsafe WA will be in the Great Southern Region providing child injury prevention services
focusing on safety at home, on the road and at play to regional parents and carers, child
health professionals and students from the 18th to 24th March 2017.

This initiative is part of the Western Australian Department of Health’s ongoing support for
the organization to visit regional areas to provide targeted Kidsafe WA services and
workshops.

A team from Know Injury, which is delivered by the Injury Control Council of Western
Australia, will also be in Albany on Thursday March 23 to deliver an intensive one-day
evaluation training workshop for anyone who wants to measure the impact of their program
and build skills and confidence around evaluation.

Presented by leading evaluation consultant, Dr Stacey Waters, the workshop will help you set clear goals and enhance your evaluation skills and also provide you with the opportunity to bring your own project along for some on the spot advice. Know Injury is supported by the Department of Health to enhance the capacity of practitioners and organisations to deliver evidence informed activities to prevent injuries in Western Australia.

While this might be a focused week in the region, the Kidsafe WA regional office is located in Albany, on Collie Street, with staff available for advice on playground safety, child car restraints, workshops and presentation to local groups throughout the Great Southern.

Kidsafe WA is the expert in educating and informing parents and children on staying safe at home, at play and on the road. To find out where we will be or to book a workshop while we are in the Great Southern you can contact Kidsafe WA on 08 6244 4880 or kidsafe@kidsafewa.com.au .

ICCWA is a for-purpose, not-for-profit agency leading the way on preventing injuries and supporting recovery in Western Australia. Our aspiration is that all West Australians – children and adults alike – live life uninterrupted by injury, with a vision of working towards an injury-free community.

While in Albany members of the ICCWA team will be holding a Reconciliation Action Plan workshop to consult with key community members to help us formulate a RAP and find out what we can do as an organisation to help drive reconciliation.