Kids Trauma Conference Friday 4th August 2017

FRIDAY 4th  AUGUST                              Kids Trauma Conference 2017

Clinical Education Center:  Auckland City Hospital, Park Road, Grafton

Acute Paediatric Spinal Trauma – Research Updates –  Caring for the child and their family

Registration $100.00 –  opening soon

(this year the Kids Trauma Conference is the day after the Adult Trauma Conference)

See you there!

Transporting children with additional needs

Correct use of a child restraint significantly reduces the risk of injury to a child in the event of a car crash.   However for some parents and carers of children with disability it can be challenging to find a restraint that meets their child’s special needs.

The Royal Children’s Hospital – Melbourne – (RCH) Safety Center, together with the Australian Transportation of Children and Youth with Additional Needs (TOCAN)  have created a website resource to help Australian parents ensure their children are safely and legally restrained.

To visit the new website resource visit –

Dog Bite Study – a valuable application of trauma data

A New Zealand Plastic Surgeon, Mr Zachary Moavenia has looked at dog bites in New Zealand. The study looked at the 99,003 bites  reported to ACC between 2004and 2014, with 5842 cases requiring hospitalisation. This is an important and often highly charged area of trauma prevention that has had little data and research. It will be good to read the paper.See the media story here:

Dog Bite Study shows dog attacks on the rise

Children under nine years old were at highest risk, particularly Maori and those living in low socioeconomic areas. Injury analysis showed that children were much more likely to be bitten on the face and neck.  More than three quarters (79 percent) of reported bites to 0-4 year olds were to the head or neck, compared to just 8 % of bites to 20 to 59 year olds.

The Minister has asked officials to look at this study. The Prime Minister has also  commented, noting that good dog ownership appears to be the most important factor.

Hopefully public policy measures that are developed around proven strategies and then monitored, will be able to reduce these statistics.