Dog bites in Australian children

Katina D'Onise and Ronald L Somers
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10054
Published online: 5 March 2012

To the Editor: Kimble and colleagues have implied that the main strategic intervention to reduce the risk of dog bites is the education of dogs, owners and children,1 which is the equivalent of claiming that the most important way to prevent road accidents is for people to drive more carefully. There is no good evidence that education-only approaches reduce the risk of dog bites.2

  • Katina D'Onise
  • Ronald L Somers

  • South Australian Department for Health and Ageing, Adelaide, SA.


We would like to acknowledge Helen Thomas, Epidemiologist, South Australian Department of Health and Ageing, for her helpful comments on the letter.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.


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