SafeStart: Community Partnerships for targeted reduction of child injuries. Unintentional injuries are a leading cause of death for children and are a major reason for hospital and emergency department admissions in Victoria.
In Victoria an average of 126 children per day have to visit an emergency department because of an injury.
SafeStart is a community approach to childhood injury prevention. The purpose of the SafeStart child injury prevention project is to decrease the rates of childhood injuries presenting to hospital emergency departments in a target area - City of Casey.
The State Government provided funding of $1.9 million over four years, from July 2006, to the City of Casey and City of Greater Geelong to achieve this through integrated planning and partnership development.
The funding is a result of "A Fairer Victoria" - The Victorian Government’s social policy action plan. It will provide opportunities for communities to engage and help develop and implement related initiatives in their local community.