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Injury is the leading cause of death for New Brunswickers ages 1 to 44. The most recent published information from the Cost of Injury in Canada Report indicates that each year in New Brunswick:
- over 420 people die due to an injury
- more than 6,200 people are hospitalized due to an injury
- over $690 million is spent on injury
- $248 million is spent on fall-related injuries
- $120 million is spent on transport-related incidents
The NB Trauma Program, in collaboration with a variety of community partners, is committed to increasing awareness about how injuries can be prevented as well as supporting various evidence based injury prevention initiatives.
Through planning and oversight of injury prevention activity, the NB Trauma Program Injury Prevention Subcommittee is responsible for advancing the objectives of injury prevention across New Brunswick in alignment with the overarching objectives of the NB Trauma Program.
The Injury Prevention Subcommittee has confirmed three priority populations for injury prevention:
- Falls among seniors
- Risk-related behaviour in youth
- Falls among young children
The program also supports injury prevention through:
- Dissemination of injury prevention resources throughout New Brunswick
- Collaboration with various injury prevention stakeholders to develop provincial safety campaigns
- Collaboration with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to assist with meeting the goals of the Personal Wellness Curriculum by providing updated injury prevention content for students.
- Delivery of injury prevention programs for youth. Examples of this includes a winter safety program provided to all Grade 2 students each January in Anglophone School District South as well as the P.A.R.T.Y. program aimed at all Grade 9 students in New Brunswick.
Healthcare professionals play an important role within the Trauma team in order to help promote injury prevention in the province. Please join us in helping to save lives through exceptional, coordinated teamwork by sharing our resources with patients and their families, volunteering as a P.A.R.T.Y. facilitator or by offering your expertise in guiding our programs
For more information about injury surveillance go to our NB Trauma Registry page.