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Cherbourg Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Project
This project aimed to reduce injuries and health problems caused by environmental factors in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Cherbourg, Queensland. The project focused on unintentional injury and safety promotion. The key aspect of this project was that it was born of, and driven by, the Cherbourg community.
The project identified five key areas for local action:
- road safety
- alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.
Examples of activities that were put in place as part of the project are:
- waste management activities
- waste removal services and community bins, recycling program, anti-litter campaign, research project about glass as a source of injury
- animal management activities
- Livestock Management Plan, 2.5 kilometre livestock fence, dog pound, animal registration
- road safety measures
- road signage and zebra crossings to enable the enforcement of speed limits and safe crossing areas for adults and children
- data collection measures
- introduction of injury data collection forms at the hospital and school.
The strategies and outcomes of the project were documented so that they could be transferred to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.
The project commenced in 2008 and was funded for five years by Queensland Health. The Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health (CRRAH) from the University of Southern Queensland monitored and evaluated the project.
This project was named a finalist in the 2012 Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards in the environmental health category.
Abstract adapted from Cherbourg injury prevention and safety promotion project
Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council
22 Barambah Avenue
Cherbourg Qld 4605
Ph: (07) 4168 1866
Fax: (07) 4168 2727
Henshaw R, Eley R, Gorman D (2011)
Broken glass as an injury hazard in an Indigenous community.
Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(4): 18-21,26
Henshaw RJ (2011)
Broken glass as an injury hazard in the Indigenous community of Cherbourg.
Master of Health thesis, University of Southern Queensland:
Eley R, Beckett A, Henshaw R, Gorman D, Evans M, Carswell P (2011)
Injury prevention and safety promotion in the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg.
Paper presented at the 11th National Rural Health Conference. 3-16 March 2011, Perth Convention Centre
Rural Health Education Foundation (2011)
Living safely: preventing accidents & injury in Indigenous communities [DVD].
: Rural Health Education Foundation
This documentary looks at successful projects and initiatives in rural and remote Indigenous communities which have focused on the high rates of injury and accidents resulting from burns, road accidents, alcohol related violence and family violence. It describes for Aboriginal communities:
- patterns of injury and likely causes
- initiatives and ways to reduce injuries
- the need for a family approach to injury prevention
- strategies which have been successful in delivering injury prevention projects
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract
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