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December 18, 2019
                As Victoria enters the busy Christmas shopping period and summer temperatures start to climb, Kidsafe Victoria is today launching it’s annual ‘Do Not Leave Children Unattended in Cars’ campaign at the Monash Children’s Hospital. Jason Chambers, General Manager of Kidsafe Victoria, highlighted the dangers of leaving a child unattended in a car, even for a short period of time, saying "The temperature inside a parked car can be 20-30 ...
November 24, 2019
Kidsafe Victoria and Neighbourhood Houses Victoria have welcomed the announcement from The Hon Jenny Mikakos that they have been awarded the tender to deliver The State Government of Victoria’s free child restraint checking program. This potentially life-saving initiative will be officially launched in January. Events will be held at designated Neighbourhood Houses across the State. Melanie Courtney, CEO of Kidsafe Victoria said that “It is estimated that over 70% of car restraints are ...
April 4, 2019
An estimated 20 Australian children present to an emergency department every week with a button battery related injury. Kidsafe Victoria supports calls for tougher safety regulations and a mandatory safety standard for products containing button batteries, in a bid to reduce the rates of serious childhood injury and death. The call comes ahead of the release of the coronial inquest findings into the death of one-year-old Isabella ‘Bella’ Rees, who passed away in February 2015 after a button ...
January 24, 2019
67% of toddler drowning incidents in 2017/2018 occurred in swimming pools. Kidsafe Victoria today said with thousands of traditional BBQ's and pool parties held across the Australia Day long weekend it is vital all pool owners check their Pool Barriers and Gates are in good working condition and ensure the pool or spa is supervised by an adult when in use.   Jason Chambers, General Manager of Kidsafe Victoria said, "Research has shown that adult supervision is the first line of defence ...
December 14, 2018
The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, in conjunction with Kidsafe Victoria, will today launch its Kids in Cars community awareness campaign ahead of the influx of an estimated 140,000 visitors to the popular summer destination, for the Christmas holidays. Between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018, Ambulance Victoria responded to 1587 callouts for people locked in cars across Victoria, with the vast majority being cases involving toddlers and babies. The Mayor of Mornington Peninsula ...
December 6, 2018
With thousands of BBQ's and pool parties expected to be held across Victoria this summer, Kidsafe Victoria have called on all pool owners to 'set their backyard pool defence' this Water Safety Week, in a bid to reduce the number of toddler drowning deaths. The warning comes as recent figures from the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia's National Drowning Report show that in 2017/18, 18 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned. The majority of these incidents (67%) occurred in swimming ...