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Drowning fatalities of children in Tasmania: Differences from national data

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posted on 2023-05-16, 10:01 authored by Riley, MD, Larson, AJ, Langford, J
All drownings of people under 15 years of age in Tasmania from 1981 to 1993 were identified from the Tasmanian coroner's case files. Age- and sex-specific mortality rates were calculated and found to be similar to Australian drowning mortality rates. An exception was the lower drowning rate for Tasmanian females aged 0 to 4 years. Only 9 per cent of drowning deaths were caused by immersion in a swimming pool, 32 per cent of deaths occurred in dams and ponds and 21 per cent occurred in a river. Most drownings (88 per cent) associated with dams, ponds, swimming pools and baths were in the 0-to-4-year age group. Compared with Australia as a whole, toddlers drowning in swimming pools is uncommon in Tasmania; however, there are relatively more drownings in dams and ponds. Strategies for the prevention of drowning in childhood in Tasmania should consider the hazards associated with rural living.

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Publication title

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

Volume

20

Issue

5

Pagination

547-549

ISSN

1326-0200

Department/School

Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Publisher

Public Health Assoc Australia Inc

Place of publication

Po Box 319, Curtin, Australia, Act, 2600

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