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Injury prevention

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Last reviewed: May 2018

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Burn Injury Prevention and First Aid

Burns can be caused in many different ways including by hot liquid, touching hot objects, fire, chemicals, electricity, friction and even sunburn. These burns can occur anywhere, particularly in the home and workplace, and if they do happen it’s best that you and those closest to you are prepared and armed with the right information – the life you save could be your own.

Read more on ACI - Agency for Clinical Innovation website

Falls injury prevention - NT.GOV.AU

Preventing falls, health problems and falling, talking to your doctor about falls.

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Sports injury prevention - myDr.com.au

Look at your exercise program in terms of FIT - Frequency, Intensity and Time. Only one of these should be increased each week.

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Department of Health | Injury prevention in Australia

Injury is a major cause of preventable death and disability in Australia. Whether intended or accidental, most physical injuries can be prevented by identifying their causes and removing these, or reducing peoples exposure to them.

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Injury - Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This section provides information about injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It covers falls, burns, road trauma, poisoning, drowning, suicide and self-harm, and violence. It addresses injury prevention and safety promotion in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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Needle stick injury causes and prevention information | myVMC

Needlestick injuries are common and concerning accidents for healthcare professionals, as needlesticks may cause infections like HIV and hepatitis C.

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Preventing falls

Falls and fall related injuries are the leading cause of injury and hospitalisation for older people in Australia but you can take simple steps to prevent them.

Read more on WA Health website

Spinal Cord Injury - Pressure relief technique and Spinal Cord Injury | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

Why Pressure Relieve? Pressure on the skin from lying and sitting too long prevents the blood being able to flow to the skin

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Brain Foundation | Concussion

Concussion Concussion (See also Acquired Brain Injury) Description Concussion is used to describe a minor head injury that is not usually life-threatening

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Helmets are shown to reduce motorcyclist head injury and death | Cochrane

Motorcyclists are at high risk in traffic crashes, particularly for head injury. A review of studies concluded that helmets reduce the risk of head injury by around 69% and death by around 42%. There is, so far, insufficient evidence to compare the effectiveness of different types of helmet. Some studies have suggested that helmets may protect against facial injury and that they have no effect on neck injury, but more research is required for a conclusive answer. The review supports the view that helmet use should be actively encouraged worldwide for rider safety.

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