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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 1905..




Physical Education and Sport - Accidents and Injuries

MS McRAE - asked the Minister for Education and Training on notice on 19 September 1995:

How many

(a) accidents have happened during sport or physical education sessions in the last 3 years in ACT schools; and

(b) students have ongoing injuries that happened as a result of sporting activity that prevent them participating in school sport activity.

MR STEFANIAK - the answers to Ms McRae's questions are:

(a) The only figures available are based on information provided in school accident reports.

The department has received 3049 accident reports from the beginning of the school year in 1993 to 28 September 1995. These figures represent accidents from across all sectors of the system - preschool, primary, high school and secondary colleges.

The information collected does not specify whether sport or physical education sessions were in progress at the time of the accident. It is not possible to identify the number of these accidents.

Accidents or incidents reported range from a grazed knee from a fall in the playground to a broken arm.

(b) This information is not specifically asked for or collected from schools.

Where students are unable to participate in school sport activity because of illness or injuries, the matter is handled by each school on a case by case basis.

The number of students unable to participate in school sport activity would include those who had been injured during school activities and during activities outside of school.

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