The development of national injury prevention policy in the Australian health sector: And the unmet challenges of participation and implementation

Rebecca Mitchell*, Rod McClure

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Abstract

For the last 20 years injury prevention policy in Australia has been hampered by poor consultation practices, limited stakeholder involvement, inadequate allocation of resources, poor implementation, and an absence of performance measures. This paper describes the development of injury prevention policy in Australia from its beginnings in 1981 to the current day and considers what measures should be undertaken to create an effective platform for the reduction of the burden of injury in Australia. The National Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Plan 2004-2014, released in 2005, needs to be supported by a whole of government commitment to the reduction of injury. The Council of Australian Governments would be an ideal forum to monitor progress, supported by a crossgovernment Ministerial Council.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalAustralia and New Zealand Health Policy
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes

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