Inj Prev 19:139-142 doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040331
  • Brief report

Infant abusive head trauma incidence in Queensland, Australia

  1. Andrew Page3
  1. 1Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
  2. 2Queensland Health, Toowoomba Hospital, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
  3. 3School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Herston, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Melissa Kaltner, Box 2, Toowoomba, Queensland 4350, Australia; melissa_kaltner{at}
  1. Contributors All authors have made substantial contributions to the manuscript conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data within this manuscript, including drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content and issuing final approval of this version of the manuscript.

  • Accepted 27 June 2012
  • Published Online First 31 July 2012


This study describes the incidence of head injuries caused by abuse in an Australian infant sample. The frequency of abusive head trauma established by the study is comparable with that reported both internationally and for age-incidence peaks of alternate forms of childhood injury, highlighting the need for investment in prevention initiatives.


  • Funding In-kind funding for this project provided by the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, Brisbane. Funding Principal Investigator's position.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval The ethics approval was provided by Queensland Health; University of Queensland HRECS.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement Unpublished data from this study is available to the principal researcher only under the associated human research ethics committee's approved research protocol.

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