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National Accident Forum for Ireland

Following an initiative from the Office for Health Gain, a National Accident Forum has been established in Ireland, reports Dr Marie Laffoy, writing in the Journal of Health Gain. The forum, which focuses on deaths and injuries to all age groups, has a mission to facilitate a coordinated approach to accident prevention at national and regional level. The spur to its establishment was a report by the chief executive officers of the health boards, which drew attention to the fact that over 40% of childhood deaths result from accidents and that over half a million Irish people require treatment for accidents each year. Marie Laffoy, a public health specialist at the Eastern Health Board, highlights childhood poisoning as an easily preventable injury, noting that Ireland has no regulations for child resistant containers. The Journal of Health Gain is published by the Office of Health Gain, Phoenix Hall, St Mary's Hospital, Dublin 20, Ireland.

Draft national injury strategy for Australia

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Canadian national strategy on injury prevention

Injury prevention centres and scientists across Canada have begun work on a national strategy to build research capacity and collaborate on …

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