Marcia Schmertmann

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OBJECTIVE To investigate if child development has a role in unintentional poisoning, by describing the pattern of hospitalization due to unintentional poisoning in children aged 0-4 years in New South Wales by single year of age and then assessing the stability of the age-specific pattern found when analyzed by sex, remoteness of residence, and(More)
BACKGROUND When children aged 0-4 years are analysed together as a group for poisoning risk, important differences for smaller age intervals by medicinal and non-medicinal substances are masked. These differences have been attributed to child developmental stages but no studies have been conducted that examine the predictive value of child developmental(More)
BACKGROUND Unintentional poisoning in young children is an important public health issue. Age pattern studies have demonstrated that children aged 1-3 years have the highest levels of poisoning risk among children aged 0-4 years, yet little research has been conducted regarding risk factors specific to this three-year age group and the methodologies(More)
AIM To identify the leading causes of injury in children aged 0-4 years by single year of age using injury submechanisms and present a brief epidemiologic profile of each cause. METHODS Hospitalisation data for New South Wales from 1999 to 2009 were used to identify the leading causes of injury for children aged 0-4 years by single year of age. For each(More)
When one person or a small group of people intentionally inflicts an injury on another person or persons, an act of interpersonal violence is committed. Each act of interpersonal violence has many different factors associated with it. These include the type of relationship between the persons involved (for example, partners, caretaker-child), the nature of(More)
AIMS To describe the trend of unintentional hospitalised injury in children aged 0-14 years in New South Wales (NSW), Australia during 1993-1994 to 2004-2005 and to estimate future projections of common child injury hospitalisations from 2006 to 2021. METHODS NSW hospitalisation data were used to describe injury trends of children aged 14 years or less(More)
Schmertmann and Williamson’s article provides an overview of the size and nature of the problem of injuries in NSW. It reports that each year injuries are responsible for approximately 2500 deaths and more than 178,000 hospitalisations. Their analysis of the data highlights the burden of intentional injuries (such as suicide and violence) particularly in(More)
An analysis of drowning in Australia showed that, overall, rates of drowning are low compared to other injuries. In NSW between 1995 and 1999, drowning was the sixth most common injury-related cause of death, and neardrowning was the eighth most common cause of injury-related hospitalisation. However, as these are population-based estimates, the rates(More)
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