Use of routine health data to complement monitoring of consumer product-related injuries

Kirsten McKenzie, Ruth A Barker, Deborah A Scott and Dave A Strachan
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11095
Published online: 21 November 2011

To the Editor: Health data can have an important role in alerting product safety regulators to consumer product-related injuries. Such injuries are a significant public health concern, with an estimated 173 000 incidents occurring each year in Australia, many of which require medical treatment.1

  • 1 National Centre for Health Information Research and Training, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit, Mater Health Services, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 3 Office of Fair Trading, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Brisbane, QLD.



Our work was supported by a Queensland Injury Prevention Council grant, with in-kind industry partner support from the Queensland Office of Fair Trading Product Safety Unit.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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  • 2. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Product safety: a guide for businesses and legal practitioners. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia, 2010.
  • 3. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. ACCC update: issue 27, November 2009. (accessed Jan 2010).
  • 4. McKenzie K, Scott D, Limbong J, Li E. Feasibility of using health data sources to inform product safety surveillance in Queensland: a report for the Queensland Injury Prevention Council. Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology, 2011.


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