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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): 580-581. || 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

  • Kirsten McKenzie1
  • Ruth A Barker2
  • Deborah A Scott1
  • Dave A Strachan3

  • 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.

Correspondence: k.mckenzie@qut.edu.au

Acknowledgements: 

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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