Why do Aboriginal youths suffer more unintentional injuries than other kids?

7th Feb 2019

Researchers from the George Institute for Global Health, UNSW and the University of Wollongong have released the findings of a study which examined preventable injuries sustained by Aboriginal children as compared to non-Aboriginal kids.

The records of almost 1 million children in NSW, of which more than thirty thousand were Aboriginal showed that while injury rates for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children have dropped overall, burns and transport related injuries amongst Aboriginal children are 2.5  times more common, while Aboriginal children are three times more likely to suffer the risk of poisoning.  

Co-Author of the study Murrawarri woman Professor Kathleen Clapham discusses how the study was undertaken and why there is a Aboriginal child injury gap.