The New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy (NZIPS) identifies six priority areas that most contribute to death and disability. Two of these areas are falls and drowning. The Falls Prevention Strategy and Drowning Prevention Strategy were created to address these areas.
Falls account for a significant number of injuries among all age groups in New Zealand. Falls are the leading cause of injury hospitalisation, and one of the top three leading causes of injury death in New Zealand. This section discusses the main objectives and ACC’s role in implementing the Strategy.
Drowning is the country’s third highest cause of unintentional death, with an average of 123 fatalities occurring each year. Although efforts of the water-safety sector have halved the rate of drowning in the past 20 years, the fatality rate remains high. This section discusses the main objectives and ACC’s role in implementing the Strategy.
Last updated: 20 April 2009