Reducing the incidence of burn injuries to Indigenous Australian children

Roy M Kimble and Bronwyn R Griffin
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00151
Published online: 15 May 2017

Burns are a specific health burden, but understanding the detail is vital to finding solutions

It is undisputed that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous Australian) children are over-represented in statistics for injury and death caused by trauma. The incidence of each of the major mechanisms of fatal trauma in Australian children — drowning and low speed vehicle run-overs — is higher among Indigenous children.1,2 Burn injuries are also more prevalent among Indigenous children.3

  • Roy M Kimble1,2
  • Bronwyn R Griffin2

  • 1 Pegg Leditschke Children's Burns Centre, Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, Brisbane, QLD
  • 2 Centre for Children's Burns and Trauma, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD


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