The Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) has welcomed the allocation of $0.9 million over three years to develop a new National Injury Prevention Strategy in the 2018-19 budget.
“The current National Injury Prevention and safety Promotion Plan, 2004-2014, urgently needs to be reviewed and updated,” said AIPN President Rebecca Ivers.
“With injury the leading cause of death and disability in young people and those of working age, the government cannot ignore the impact of preventable injuries on the health of the Australian population and the new budget measures are a much needed support to the relentless work of injury prevention professionals around the country,” Professor Ivers said.
“The AIPN will be talking to government officials to provide input into the new Strategy. In particular we are delighted to hear that the strategy will have a whole-of-population approach and that populations with high rates of injury – including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people at socioeconomic disadvantage, people with mental illness, and people living in remote, rural and regional locations – will be specifically addressed through the strategy,” she said.
As well as the development of a new National Injury Prevention Strategy, the budget provides for the expansion of a range of injury prevention initiatives including $6.3 million over four years to sports safety; $15.5 million over five years to water and snow safety and $1.2 million to develop a suicide prevention campaign.
The AIPN will continue to advocate for more support and resources towards injury prevention and provide a united voice to injury prevention professionals from all settings.
The AIPN is the peak body for all ages and all causes injury prevention and control in Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit aipn.com.au.