More children die of injury than die of cancer, asthma and infectious diseases combined.1

Each year about 150 Australian children (aged 0-14 years) are killed and a further 60,000 are hospitalised by unintentional injuries – the kind often referred to as accidents. Many of these are easily prevented by simple means.

Unintentional injuries account for about 88% of all injury related deaths2 in children and about 97% of all injury related hospitalisations3.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006c, Causes of Death, 2004, cat no. 3303.0, ABS, Canberra.
  2. AIHW: Henley G and Harrison JE (2009). Injury deaths, Australia 2004–05. Injury research and statistics series no 51. (Cat. no. INJCAT 127). Adelaide: AIHW.
  3. AIHW: Kreisfeld R & Harrison JE 2010. Hospital separations due to injury and poisoning 2005–06. Injury research and statistics series no. 55. Cat. no. INJCAT 131. Canberra: AIHW.
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