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Cherbourg Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Project



This project aimed to reduce injuries and health problems caused by environmental factors in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Cherbourg, Queensland. The project focused on unintentional injury and safety promotion. The key aspect of this project was that it was born of, and driven by, the Cherbourg community.

The project identified five key areas for local action:

Examples of activities that were put in place as part of the project are:

The strategies and outcomes of the project were documented so that they could be transferred to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.

The project commenced in 2008 and was funded for five years by Queensland Health. The Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health (CRRAH) from the University of Southern Queensland monitored and evaluated the project.

This project was named a finalist in the 2012 Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards in the environmental health category.

Abstract adapted from Cherbourg injury prevention and safety promotion project


Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council
22 Barambah Avenue
Cherbourg Qld 4605
Ph: (07) 4168 1866
Fax: (07) 4168 2727

Related publications

Henshaw R, Eley R, Gorman D (2011)

Broken glass as an injury hazard in an Indigenous community.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(4): 18-21,26

Henshaw RJ (2011)

Broken glass as an injury hazard in the Indigenous community of Cherbourg.

Master of Health thesis, University of Southern Queensland:

Eley R, Beckett A, Henshaw R, Gorman D, Evans M, Carswell P (2011)

Injury prevention and safety promotion in the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg.

Paper presented at the 11th National Rural Health Conference. 3-16 March 2011, Perth Convention Centre

Rural Health Education Foundation (2011)

Living safely: preventing accidents & injury in Indigenous communities [DVD].

: Rural Health Education Foundation

This documentary looks at successful projects and initiatives in rural and remote Indigenous communities which have focused on the high rates of injury and accidents resulting from burns, road accidents, alcohol related violence and family violence. It describes for Aboriginal communities:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 1 March 2018
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