Child Safety

Childhood Injury Prevention Project (ChIPP)

Children up to four years of age are at a greater risk of being hospitalised due to injury than any other age group in the population.  Injury is also the leading cause of death, disability and disfigurement for children between one and four years.  Our four priority areas for the prevention of injury are:

  • Falls
  • Burns and scalds
  • Poisoning
  • Drowning

80 per cent of unintentional injuries occur in the home, most commonly from hazards caused by everyday objects and behaviours.

History

In 2002, the Department of Emergency Services and Queensland Health jointly sponsored the Childhood Injury Prevention Project (ChIPP).  The objectives of ChIPP were to reduced and prevent the incidence and severity of injury in children up to fours years of age in rural and regional areas of Queensland.  Mackay and Mount Isa were chosen as the pilot sites. 

A project officer was appointed in both communities to lead a local project team in coordinating prevention strategies for the four priority areas.

The ChIPP working group was formed in Mackay in 2003 with representatives from Queensland Health; Department of Emergency Services; Department of Education, Training and the Arts; Mackay Regional Council; Mackay Family Day Care Scheme; Good Beginnings Home Based Family Support Program; Office of Fair Trading; George Street Neighbourhood Centre; Department of Communities; and Lend Lease. 

The group meets monthly and has implemented a range of strategies to address local injury issues.

Objectives

Our working group's objectives are to:

  • Increase community awareness of child injury as a preventable health issue;
  • Identify and develop strategies aimed at reducing the number and severity of injuries in children aged up to four years, resulting from burns/scalds, poisonings, falls, drowning/immersions and transport incidents;
  • Identify and support existing child safety and injury prevention activities and where appropriate promote their integration into the safe community framework through development of partnerships; and
  • Strengthen links between local organisations and groups with regard to improving awareness of and access to childhood safety programs and information.

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