SafeStart was a child injury prevention project funded by the Victorian Department of Human Services in the City of Greater Geelong.
The aim of the project was to to minimize the risk of unintentional injuries amongst children aged between 0-8 years, such as falls, poisoning, burns and road accidents.
Injuries are the leading cause of death in Australian children aged one to fourteen, accounting for nearly half of all deaths in this age group. More children die of injury than die of cancer, asthma and infectious diseases combined.
Young children under the age of five years are most at risk of unintentional injury, and account for around half of all child injury deaths.
Most childhood injuries happen in the home, where often they can most easily be prevented. It is estimated that around 80 deaths and 20,000 hospitalisations could be prevented annually by implementing known safety prevention measures and strategies.
SafeStart was designed to reduce the incidence of unintentional childhood injury such as those caused by:
- nursery equipment
- drownings and
- road traffic accidents
SafeStart Fact Sheets