New Centre To Prevent Harm To Children

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Kidsafe Victoria warn parents of the risks of non-intentional injuries through new interactive hubs at the Monash Children’s Hospital.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today opened the Kidsafe Victoria Community Support Centre at the 230-bed Monash Children’s Hospital in Clayton today.

The new centre includes four interactive hubs focussing on home, road and water safety, and safe play – providing advice to parents, carers and health professionals on a range of child injury hazards.

Each year, around 20 Victorian children die and more than 100,000 will visit a hospital as a result of non-intentional injury, which is the leading cause of hospitalisation and death among infants and children.

The Labor Government is providing $155,291 for child safety and injury prevention information and advice to Maternal and Child Health services, Victorian families and early years services.

The Labor Government has also invested $6.8 million for a new school at the hospital – due to open by the end of the year – which will host around 170 students every day, including hospital in-patients, community based out-patients or children recovering at home.

The Labor Government also works closely with Kidsafe on the annual Never Leave Kids in the Car campaign.

Quote attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“Reducing the numbers of children hurt and killed through non-intentional injuries is crucial and these hubs will provide families with vital information to keep their kids safe.”

Quote attributable to President Kidsafe Victoria Erica Edmands

“Kidsafe Victoria for nearly four decades has pioneered and promoted many areas in child accident prevention resulting in government policy.”

Quote attributable to CEO Kidsafe Victoria Melanie Courtney

“The new centre will increase the opportunity to expand Kidsafe’s online interaction with the community on child accident prevention, as well as the thousands of visitors to the Monash Children’s Hospital.”

Quote attributable to Member for Clarinda Hong Lim

“This new facility is vital for the local community and will help protect the health and wellbeing of our youngest Victorians.”