eCite Digital Repository

Drowning fatalities of children in Tasmania: Differences from national data


Riley, MD and Larson, AJ and Langford, J, Drowning fatalities of children in Tasmania: Differences from national data, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 20, (5) pp. 547-549. ISSN 1326-0200 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-842X.1996.tb01638.x


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Riley, MD (Mr Malcolm Riley)
UTAS Author:Larson, AJ (Dr Alfhild Larson)
ID Code:6565
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Menzies Centre
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-16

Repository Staff Only: item control page