The Kimberley region experienced over 7600 injury events in 2012 that resulted in emergency department visits, hospital admissions, or fatalities(1). These injuries cost more than $285 million, including health care costs, quality of life costs, loss of paid productivity, and long-term care costs (1). Injuries due to violence, falls, and exposure to mechanical forces are the most prevalent injuries in the Kimberley (1).
Know Injury travelled to Broome recently to meet with local organisations and injury prevention practitioners working to address these injury priorities. Through the Know Injury Introduction to Injury in the Kimberley seminar, staff from Local Government and health services were provided with local data on the incidence and cost of injury in the Kimberley, highlighting injury prevention priorities in the area. Local workers were also upskilled in conducting evaluation of injury prevention programs through Know Injury’s full day workshop on evaluation.
Preventing injury among Aboriginal people is a public health priority, given the disproportionate burden of injury experience by Indigenous people in Australia generally, and the Kimberley in particular. As such, Know Injury’s Regional Network Group was hosted in Broome and focused on Aboriginal injury. We were thrilled to highlight the work of Alive and Kicking Goals in preventing suicide among indigenous youth in the Kimberley. Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet also provided a fantastic overview of the online resources they provide on Aboriginal injury topics.
Our heartfelt thanks to those who have generously hosted us during our Kimberley visit, including WA Country Health Service Kimberley Population Health Unit, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service, and Broome Lotteries House.
- Hendrie D, Miller T, Randall S, Brameld K, Moorin R. Incidence and costs of injury in WA 2012. Perth: Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate Department of Health WA; 2016.