Playground standards and fall height: is there evidence of their impact on paediatric head injuries?

Summary

The objective of the Australian Standard (AS) for Playgrounds (AS4685) is to minimize the risk of injury to playground users. It provides requirements for siting, designing and developing playgrounds, for the selection of appropriate equipment and other design elements, for product information requirements, instructions and operating procedures, and for the minimization of operational hazards.  

Supervisor(s)

Dr Lisa Sharwood

Research Location

North Shore - Kolling Institute of Medical Research

Program Type

Masters

Synopsis

The objective of the Australian Standard (AS) for Playgrounds (AS4685) is to minimize the risk of injury to playground users. It provides requirements for siting, designing and developing playgrounds, for the selection of appropriate equipment and other design elements, for product information requirements, instructions and operating procedures, and for the minimization of operational hazards. Since the AS4685 was first published, revisions have included an amendment to the acceptable fall height from a piece of playground equipment. There has been no evidence since this amendment, of the efficacy of this change in height on injury rates and severity in Australian playgrounds. Playground fall injuries across Australia: epidemiological review of injuries around the country, data sourced through injury surveillance units. - Specifically focussing on falls from height and related head injuries - Reviewing any reduction in injury risk since the 2014 fall height modifications to AS4685

Additional Information

• Data will be sourced from the multiple injury surveillance units around the country; data analysis and presentation
• Systematic literature review
• Analysis of the AS development, attendance at relevant AS meetings
• Interpretation of injury surveillance data and compilation of a report that reviews any reduction in injury risk since the 2014 modifications to AS
• Submission of scientific publication

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Keywords

injury, injury prevention, Traumatic Brain Injury, Falls, standards, Engineering, safety, risk

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2485

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