Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit Monash University Accident Research Centre: Service Standards & Guidelines
From January 2005, responsibility for funding the Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU) shifted from VicHealth to DHS. The Unit is located at the Monash University Accident Research Centre.
Keep Me Safe Cards
The Keep Me Safe Cards are a pictorial based child safety resource, produced by the City of Ballarat, for service providers working with parents with an intellectually disability.
Safety - It's Child's Play, Facilitator's Manual
The Safety - it's child's play facilitator's manual, produced by the City of Ballarat, is a guide to running a child safety course for parents and carers of young children.
Safe Smart Homes Booklet
Remove the Risk - Child Poisoning Prevention Campaign
The brochure "Is your home poison proof?" provides information to help parents poison-proof their homes.
Investigating the over-representation of older persons in Do-It-Yourself
home maintenance injury and barriers to prevention
This report represents the findings from the first Australian study to
investigate why older persons undertake high-risk DIY maintenance activities,
to determine what would constitute a low-risk
alternative and to determine whether these alternatives are feasible
the over-representation of older persons in Do-It-Yourself home maintenance
injury and barriers to prevention (1,298kb, pdf)
Barriers to child poisoning prevention: Why does child resistant packaging
Although significant gains were made in childhood poisoning prevention
in Australia and other countries mainly due to the introduction of child
resistant packaging in the 1970s and 1980s, poisoning remains the second
most common cause of injury hospitalisations for children aged 0-4 years
and the rate is increasing in Victoria.
to child poisoning prevention: Why does child resistant packaging fail?
Gear up: Motivation and barriers to the wearing of personal protective
equipment by Youth skaters in Council skateparks
This research project aimed to investigate the knowledge of youth skaters
aged 10-17 years about the risk of injury in skateboarding and in-line
skating and the protective effect of recommended PPE (safety gear), the
behaviours and attitudes of youth skaters related to the wearing of PPE
whilst skating and identify the motivators and barriers to the wearing
of items of PPE by young skaters including the personal, socio-cultural
and economic factors influencing their use or non-use.
up: Motivation and barriers to the wearing of personal protective equipment
by Youth skaters in Council skateparks (912kb, pdf)
Doesn't everyone have poison in the kitchen cupboard?
This DHS-funded project aimed to identify the protective and/or risk
factors for child unintentional poisoning in the home environment of
culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities identified as
being under-represented in emergency department presentations for poisoning.
everyone have poison in the kitchen cupboard? (645kb, pdf)
Unintentional Drowning: Toddlers in dams - Child Safe Play Area Program
Final Report, August 2005
The aim of the project was to produce an integrated strategy to achieve
a measurable increase in the number of safe play areas, taking account
the recommendations of the “Unintentional Drowning: Toddler in
Dams in Victoria 1989-2001 report.
Drowning: Toddlers in dams - Child Safe Play Area Program Final Report,
August 2005 (493kb, pdf)
Safe Smart Homes Booklet
The Safe Smart Homes Booklet was developed by the City of Greater Dandenong,
under the State Government child injury prevention initiative "SafeStart".
The booklet provides a few simple, cost effective tips that householders
can take to improve safety in their homes in relation to some common
child injury hazards.
The Safe Smart Homes Booklet is available from the City of Greater Dandenong website.
Drowning of 0-5 Year Old Children in Private Swimming Pools & Spas in Victoria 1997-2001
This report presents the findings of an investigation into drowning deaths of young children in private swimming pools and spas in Victorian between 1997 and 2001.
Part 1 - Introduction (1mb, pdf)
Part 2 - Method and Results (120kb, pdf)
Part 3 - Discussion (39kb, pdf)
Appendices (3.1mb, pdf)
Drowning of 0-5 Year Old Children in Bathtubs in Victoria 1989-2001
This report presents the findings of an investigation into drowning deaths of 0-5 year old children in bathtubs in Victoria between 1989 and 2001.
Part 1 - Introduction (1mb, pdf)
Part 2 - Method and Results (142kb, pdf)
Part 3 - Discussion (57kb, pdf)
Appendices (1.8mb, pdf)
Unintentional Drowning: Toddlers in Dams in Victoria 1989-2001 (2.4mb, pdf)
This report is the first of a number of reports on this area and presents the findings of an investigation into the drowning deaths of toddlers (0-5 years) in dams in Victoria.
Drowning Deaths at Public Swimming Pools Victoria - July 1988 - June 2002 (2.7mb, pdf)
This report was compiled in conjunction with the Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA), Victoria Branch in response to the drowning death of a 14 year old child at Coburg Memorial Swimming Pool in December 1998.
Recreational Vessel Fatalities in Victoria 1999–2002 (578kb, pdf)
The purpose of the current study was to investigate fatal recreational vessel incidents in Victorian
waters between January 1999 and December 2002.
Commercial Vessel Fatalities in Victoria 1991-2001 (1.6mb, pdf)
The aim of the current study was to identify fatal incidents on commercial vessels in Victoria, Australia between 1991 and 2001.
Fatal Falls of Children: Victoria 1989-2002
This report presents the findings of an examination of deaths of children aged 14 years and under that resulted from a fall in Victoria between 1989 and 2002.
Part 1 - Introduction (980kb, pdf)
Part 2 - Method and Results (94kb, pdf)
Part 3 - Discussion (44kb, pdf)
Appendices - part 1 (2.2mb, pdf)
Appendices - part 2 (3.9mb, pdf)
Farm-Related Fatalities in Victoria July 2000 - June 2003 (1.4mb, pdf)
This report presents the findings of an investigation into farm-related fatalities in Victoria between 1 July 2000 and 30 June 2003.
Fire, Contact Burn and Scald Injury Fatalities among Children (0-9 years) and Seniors (70+ years) in Victoria, 2000-2003 (1mb, pdf)
This report presents the findings of an examination of fatal injury resulting from a fire, contact burns and scalds in children (aged 0-9 years) and seniors (aged 70+ years) in Victoria over the four-year period 2000 to 2003.
Non-Intentional Death from Poisoning in Children Victoria 1988 - 2000 (987kb, pdf)
Deaths from non-intentional poisoning in children (0-14 years of age) are rare in Victoria.
Modelling emergency demand for injury conditions study (645kb, pdf)
A small area analysis into preventable injury hospitalisations and opportunities for targeted interventions in hospitalisations for child poisoning and fractured neck of femur (hip fracture) injuries in older persons due to falls. - June 2002
Report on the Victorian Scalds Prevention Campaign - Hot Water Burns Like Fire (179kb, pdf)
Victoria's scalds prevention campaign, Hot Water Burns Like Fire, was launched in June 1995 as part of the state wide injury prevention strategy, Taking Injury Prevention Forward. The report of the scalds prevention campaign provides information on:
- the rationale, including context and background
- goals, objectives and strategies
- impact of strategies to date
- unintended effects of the campaign (manufacturing industry)
- conclusions and recommendations.
Fostering the delivery of safe physical activity environments - The
role of risk management plans
The overall aim of the research presented in this report was to explore
the extent to which physical activity environments/settings facilitate
and promote injury prevention activities. There has been
recognition that the adoption of risk management plans in such settings
currently offers the best buy for injury prevention (National Injury
Prevention Advisory Council 1999).
the delivery of safe physical activity environments - The role of risk
management plans (506kb, pdf)
Child unintentional poisoning interventions - Improving the uptake of
safety practices: final report
The aim of the project was to identify the motivators and barriers to
compliance with child poisoning safety practices by conducting a literature
review, consulting with key informants and stakeholders, and conducting
interviews and focus group discussions with parents of children under
five years old, some of whom had experienced a poisoning incident. The
final stage of the research was an applied phase designed to pilot test
an innovative community intervention arising from the findings.
unintentional poisoning interventions - Improving the uptake of safety
practices: final report (449kb, pdf)