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Abstract: Issue addressed: Child injury on farms is a significant public health problem. This article describes the evidence and consultation base for development of a national strategy for child safety on farms in Australia. Methods: A data profile describing farm child injury was compiled, with evidence for the effectiveness of solutions being defined and the strength of recommendations determined. Representative working groups played a key role in assessing the evidence and advising on the best ways to communicate prevention messages within the farming community. Results: The main risks identified were drowning; farm vehicle and machinery injury; and injury associated with motorbikes and horses. Prevention recommendations were: (1) creating effective safe play areas on farms; (2) use of seatbelts/restraints in farm vehicles, (3) prevention of children riding as passengers on tractors, ATVs or the back of utilities; and (4) use of helmets when riding horses and motorbikes. Conclusions: Evidence on key injury risks and solutions has been a cornerstone to set the agenda for child safety on farms. An evidence-consultation base has achieved credibility with potential partners at all levels for adopting priority child safety messages.

To cite this article: Stiller, Laurence; Depczynski, Julie; Fragar, Lyn and Franklin, Richard. An Evidence-consultation Base for Developing Child Injury Prevention Priorities for Australian Farms [online]. Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, Vol. 19, No. 2, Aug 2008: 91-96. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=039918492239219;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1036-1073. [cited 29 Aug 16].

Personal Author: Stiller, Laurence; Depczynski, Julie; Fragar, Lyn; Franklin, Richard; Source: Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, Vol. 19, No. 2, Aug 2008: 91-96 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1036-1073 Subject: Children's accidents--Prevention; Farms--Safety measures; Children--Wounds and injuries; Children's accidents; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Moree New South Wales
(2) Child Safety on Farms Project, Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, PO Box 256, Moree New South Wales 2400, email: julied@health.usyd.edu.au, fax: (02) 6752 6639
(3) Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Moree New South Wales
(4) Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Moree New South Wales

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