An evidence-consultation base for developing child injury prevention priorities for Australian farms

Stiller, Laurence, Depczynski, Julie, Fragar, Lyn, and Franklin, Richard (2008) An evidence-consultation base for developing child injury prevention priorities for Australian farms. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 19 (2). pp. 91-96.

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Issue addressed: Child injury on farms is a significant public health problem. This article describes the evidence and consultation base for development of a national strategy for child safety on farms in Australia.

Methods: A data profile describing farm child injury was compiled, with evidence for the effectiveness of solutions being defined and the strength of recommendations determined. Representative working groups played a key role in assessing the evidence and advising on the best ways to communicate prevention messages within the farming community.

Results: The main risks identified were drowning; farm vehicle and machinery injury; and injury associated with motorbikes and horses. Prevention recommendations were: (1) creating effective safe play areas on farms; (2) use of seatbelts/restraints in farm vehicles, (3) prevention of children riding as passengers on tractors, ATVs or the back of utilities; and (4) use of helmets when riding horses and motorbikes.

Conclusions: Evidence on key injury risks and solutions has been a cornerstone to set the agenda for child safety on farms. An evidence-consultation base has achieved credibility with potential partners at all levels for adopting priority child safety messages.

Item ID: 16661
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1036-1073
Keywords: children's accidents, wounds and injuries, prevention, farm safety measures
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2011 06:12
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control @ 100%
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