Childhood injury prevention: Strategic directions for NSW

Childhood injury prevention: Strategic directions for coordination in New South Wales

NSW Ombudsman
Duration: May – December 2016

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Clapham K, Thompson C and Morris D (2017) Childhood injury prevention: Strategic directions for coordination in New South Wales. Prepared for the NSW Child Death Review Team by the Centre for Health Service Development, Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong (December 2016). A report under section 34H ‘Community Services (Complaints, Reviews and Monitoring) Act 1993’, November 2017.

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In 2015, the NSW Ombudsman on behalf of the Child Death Review Team (CDRT) commissioned CHSD to undertake a scan of childhood injury and disease prevention infrastructure in NSW. This was a first step in considering options for bolstering childhood injury and disease prevention activities in the state. The scan confirmed that there is a need for stronger leadership and coordination to deliver further improvements in childhood injury and disease prevention in NSW.

This ‘second stage’ project identified strategic observations relevant to improving the coordination of childhood injury prevention in NSW. It focused on children aged 0-17 years and predominantly unintentional injury, considering three key areas:

  • Research coordination – are there opportunities to coordinate research on childhood injury prevention, and who should lead that?
  • Data coordination – are there opportunities to link and analyse relevant data sets to inform childhood injury prevention initiatives, and who should lead that?
  • Stakeholder initiatives – are there opportunities for organisations with a role in childhood injury prevention to coordinate activities and messages?

What we did

A targeted review of grey and academic literature was completed focused on effective coordination mechanisms relevant to childhood injury prevention within Australia and in selected international locations. A narrative review was completed that aimed to objectively report what is broadly known about the topic by retrieving and synthesising relevant information; and generating an overview of the topic to provide context and place the information into perspective.

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 28 key stakeholders predominantly located across Australia but including representatives from other countries perceived as leaders in the childhood injury prevention field. These interviews were completed by telephone or face to face meetings and explored stakeholders’ views about approaches to childhood injury prevention coordination and factors influencing their sustainability.

A final report was produced drawn from the evidence that identified strategic opportunities that may support improved coordination of the key components of a coordinated approach to injury prevention including: policy leadership; data and information systems; research and knowledge translation networks and coalitions, collaborations and partnerships. Key strategic observations provided a common starting point for future discussions.  


Professor Kathleen Clapham also delivered a presentation entitled 'Childhood injury prevention: Strategic directions for coordination in NSW' at the 13th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference (Ballarat, 13-15 November 2017).


Project team: Professor Kathleen Clapham, Cristina Thompson, Darcy Morris

Last reviewed: 3 August, 2018

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