Nova Scotia Injury Prevention Strategy

Healthy Communities

Nova Scotia Injury Prevention Strategy

In 2004, Nova Scotia became the first province in Canada to create an injury prevention strategy. Now, five years later, we have built on the success of that strategy and updated it to take injury prevention in Nova Scotia to the next level.

Nova Scotia’s Renewed Injury Prevention Strategy, Taking It to the Next Level, focuses on reducing injuries, improving all aspects of the health of Nova Scotians and making injury prevention a more visible in our communities. It’s being co-led by Health Promotion and Protection and Injury Free Nova Scotia, demonstrating commitment between government and community to work together to make Nova Scotia a healthier and safer place to grow, live, work, play, and age.

Highlights of the Nova Scotia Injury Prevention Strategy

Vision
Everyone in Nova Scotia working together to create healthy and safe communities.

Purpose
The strategy serves as an integrated and comprehensive guide for our collective efforts to create healthy communities and thereby reduce injuries.

Guiding Principles
Drawing on the vision and key concepts for the strategy, the following underlying principles have been developed to guide our work:

  • Evidence-informed – surveillance, research, and community voices inform the work of the strategy
  • Collective effort – foster opportunities to work together and integrate our efforts to create healthy communities
  • Responsive – able to respond to the needs of all populations based on priorities established through evidence
  • Dynamic – continuously monitor, evaluate, and improve
  • Integrated – working together across sectors to address the factors and root causes that increase the risk of both intentional and unintentional injuries
  • Culturally competent – recognize and respond to unique needs of diverse populations

Injury Prevention Strategy Priorities

The priorities are based on surveillance, research, and consultation. These priorities have been established to guide injury prevention planning and resource allocation.

Priority Issues

  • Seniors' falls
  • Suicide and attempted suicide
  • Road safety

Priority Populations

  • Children and youth
  • Older Nova Scotians (seniors)
  • Other populations at increased risk of injury

Priority Settings

  • Schools
  • Workplaces
  • Homes
  • Communities
  • Roads and streets
  • Health case settings
  • Recreation and leisure settings

Injury Prevention Best Practice Resources

In partnership with the Health Promotion Clearinghouse, Health and Wellness developed an injury prevention resource list with documents, organizational links and other injury prevention tools and resources. The Resource List can be found hp clearinghouse Website.

The Health Promotion Clearinghouse is an online resource to find out what's happening in health promotion in Nova Scotia and can be located on the web at: http://www.hpclearinghouse.ca/