Announcement The Atlantic Collaborative on Injury Prevention

July 31, 2019

The human and financial toll of preventable injuries is alarming. Every year, thousands upon thousands of Atlantic Canadians suffer injuries that could have been prevented. Preventable injuries are one of the largest burdens on our health care system, with estimated costs of almost $1.7 billion a year to the Atlantic provinces – funds that could be put to far better use elsewhere.

Every year in Atlantic Canada:

  • More than 200,000 Atlantic Canadians seek medical attention for an injury.
  • Over 15,000 are hospitalized, while some 890 die.
  • In fact, preventable injuries are the leading cause of death for Atlantic Canadians aged 1-44 years.

Preventable is a collaborative and innovative partnership between businesses, government, and community groups whose combined energy, effort, and resources are focused on building awareness, shifting attitudes, and changing behaviours towards the causes of serious preventable injuries.

The following Atlantic community leaders help Preventable to raise awareness and change attitudes about preventable injuries in Atlantic Canada:

  • Atlantic Worker’s Compensation Organizations
  • Chalmers Hospital Foundation
  • New Brunswick Medical Society
  • New Brunswick Trauma Program
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Injury Prevention Coalition
  • Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Government of Nova Scotia
  • Government of Prince Edward Island
  • Insurance Bureau of Canada
  • Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation

 

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