Research from the Commission’s child death review work has featured in the international Injury Prevention journal.
The Commission’s findings appear in an article on “Paediatric low speed vehicle run-over fatalities in Queensland”, in the February 9 edition.
The article states that: “LSVRO [low speed vehicle run-over] incidents in Queensland were highlighted in a report from the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (CCYPCG) child death review team, which recommended an investigation on ways to reduce LSVRO fatalities and injuries to children through research, education and consultation, and for mandatory requirements for dwellings. Between 1 January 2004 and 31 December 2008, CCYPCG registered a total of 232 child deaths as a result of transport incidents in Queensland. Of these, 15 were due to LSVRO incidents.
“The CCYPCG now includes this specific cohort of deaths in their annual report, making data about LSVRO fatalities accessible.
“The unique data provided…has signalled that LSVRO fatalities are a significant problem in Queensland. The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (CCYPCG) continue to collect data, which, when combined, will provide outcomes that will act as an impetus for promoting intervention and child advocacy.”
“The child death review team analysis of combined data from police reports and coroners adds an insight into preventable childhood injury mortality.
“The CCYPCG child death review is able to provide fields of data that would be otherwise unavailable…A custodian who collates such sensitive data from a number of sources, and then makes these data readily accessible to researchers, is a pioneering effort in database management.”
The article was written by Bronwyn Griffin, Kerrianne Watt, Belinda Wallis, Linda Shields and Roy Kimble, who represent the Centre for Children’s Burns and Trauma Research and Department of Injury Epidemiology (University of Queensland), the Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute (Royal Childrens Hospital) and the School of Nursing and Midwifery (Curtin University).
Commissioner Elizabeth Fraser said “Producing and enabling ready access to high quality data about risk factors in children’s’ lives is a key strategy of the Commission and it is very pleasing to receive such positive feedback about the usefulness of this work from such an eminent group of clinicians and researchers”.
Injury Prevention is an international peer review journal, reporting the best in science, policy, and public health practice to reduce the burden of injury in all age groups around the world. The journal publishes original research, opinion, debate and special features on the prevention of unintentional, occupational and intentional (violence-related) injuries. It is the official journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention (ISCAIP) and the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR).
A full text article is available for subscribers at: http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/current
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Last Updated: February 22, 2011