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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 Indigenous 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
- substance use (alcohol, other drugs and tobacco).
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
Health Promotion Officer
PO Box 1775
Toowoomba Qld 4350
Ph: (07) 4631 9860
Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council
Ph: (07) 4168 1866
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