Broken glass as an injury hazard in an indigenous community

Henshaw, Richard and Eley, Robert and Gorman, Don (2011) Broken glass as an injury hazard in an indigenous community. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, 35 (4). 8-11, 27. ISSN 1037-3403

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Reduction in glass-sourced injury is one target of an injury prevention and safety promotion project in an Indigenous community in Queensland. The research into broken glass litter had three principal objectives of determining the extent of the problem, devising workable strategies within the local context and assessing the outcome and impact following implementation of those strategies. Surveys, individual interviews, Photovoice®, observations and injury data collection forms were utilised to determine the extent of the problem and gather perceptions from the community. Data collected supported the community’s view that broken glass was an abundant source of litter, with the majority of respondents also stating they had been injured by broken glass. Strategies to improve the amounts of broken glass litter were centred upon what caused people to litter in the first place. Working collaboratively with the Aboriginal Shire Council and Community Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Project group a waste management plan was developed which increased the number of waste facilities, aired a public awareness campaign including antilitter posters, and developed plans for a recycling plant.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited with permission of publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2011 05:32
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2017 04:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: injury; broken glass; litter
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120501 Community Planning
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified

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