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Child Injury Prevention in North WA

Kidsafe WA has teamed up with Horizon Power and the Department of Health WA for another fantastic visit to the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of WA. Thanks to this partnership, our Kidsafe WA team are able to deliver important electrical safety and other child injury prevention messages to regional communities who often miss out on these services. During regional visits, Kidsafe WA offer their parent workshop Keeping Kids Safe, Professional Development sessions for child care and family health services, and school incursions to children in year 1 to 3, free of charge.

In September this year, Kidsafe WA visited the Pilbara region, visiting the towns of Karratha, Roebourne, and Port Hedland and delivering workshops to over 100 students and community members. A big thanks to the students at South Hedland Primary School, who already knew lots of great tips on how to stay safe around electricity in their community.

More recently, in November, Kidsafe WA ventured on a two-week-long trip to the Kimberley region. Starting out in Broome, our team travelled over 2000 km across the top of our state, ending in Kununurra. While talking about electrical safety and all things child injury prevention, we visited One Arm Point Remote Community School, St Mary’s College Broome, Kimberley School of the Air, Nyikina Mangala Community School, Halls Creek Primary School, Warmun Community, and the Kununurra Child and Parent Centre. We delivered 12 sessions to over 270 students and community members. Thank you to everyone involved in this visit, and a special mention to the students at Nyikina Mangala Community School, who taught us all about eating and painting boab nuts.

Over the years, electrical safety has become a key part of Kidsafe WA’s home safety messages. Safety messages and prevention tips are particularly important for communities in regional WA as they typically have less access to services and have to travel long distances to access emergency treatment for injuries and accidents. During our community workshops, Kidsafe WA raise awareness of the common causes of electrical injury and provides practical steps to reduce the risk of accidents in and around the home.

Kidsafe WA would like to thank Horizon Power and the Department of Health WA for their ongoing support of these regional visits.

For more information on electrical safety around the home, visit: OR to see Kidsafe WA’s Electrical Safety Fact Sheet.