Life Saving Victoria’s stakeholder partner on the Play it Safe by the Water (PISBTW) campaign, Kidsafe Victoria, officially opened the state’s only dedicated Child Injury Prevention Hub at the new Monash Children’s Hospital last month.
The new hub, which was launched by the Victorian Minister for Families and Children, the Hon Jenny Mikakos, has a water safety hub made possible in part thanks to a PISBTW project grant, as well as a dress up area with donated lifesaving outfits.
The hub’s location at the Monash Children’s Hospital will provide parents, carers, hospital staff and early childhood services with central access to life saving information, as well as interactive online safety games, dress up areas, safety demonstrations and a wide range of resources.
As part of the water safety hub, LSV’s Everyday lifesaver app is available on ipads in the hub and there’s also a mini pool fence to demonstrate pool safety best practice, within the hub.
Every year in Victoria approximately 19 children die and over 100,000 are treated in hospital as a result of unintentional injuries, but, Kidsafe believe the majority of these injuries and deaths are preventable.
The new Centre will increase opportunities to expand Kidsafe Victoria’s interaction with the community, as well as facilitate injury prevention initiatives in partnership with Monash Children’s Hospital.