People in Cape Breton will be a step closer to being injury-free,thanks to the dedication of health and injury preventionprofessionals. Twenty-seven professionals are participating inthe Canadian Injury Prevention and Control Curriculum beginningWednesday, Sept. 29, in North Sydney. “This curriculum is a valuable resource to Nova Scotia’s injuryprevention practitioners because it’s developed for Canadians,using Canadian content and data — the first curriculum to doso,” said Julian Young, co-ordinator of injury prevention andcontrol with the Office of Health Promotion, and instructor ofthe curriculum. “By enhancing the skills of Nova Scotia’s injuryprevention practitioners, we can be more effective and strategicin our prevention efforts.” Injuries are the leading cause of death for Canadians aged 1-44,killing 450 Nova Scotians each year. The curriculum focuses onthe epidemiology of injury; principles of injury control; basicinjury data systems; applied research and planning methodologies;and methods of program development, implementation andevaluation. Mary Musgrave, a public health nurse and nurse manager fordistrict health authorities 7 and 8, participated in the firstcurriculum in June. As a result of her experience, she encouragedher colleagues in Cape Breton to participate, and several areregistered. “As public health professionals, we’re in the homes, schools andcommunities and are in a good position to decrease injury and theimpact of injury, knowing that it’s one of the most pervasivehealth issues we’re faced with,” said Ms. Musgrave. “This courseprovides an excellent foundation of knowledge to help us helpothers.” This is the second of five three-day courses to be offeredthroughout the province this year, training more than 125 peoplein total. It will help establish a common language andunderstanding of injury prevention among all areas of injuryprevention across Nova Scotia and throughout the country,improving the ability to work together to address this epidemic.Participants will be better equipped with the knowledge todevelop injury prevention programming specific to theircommunity’s need. Child Safety Link, the Atlantic Network for Injury Prevention,and several other organizations have partnered with the Office ofHealth Promotion to help deliver the curriculum in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia is the only province with a provincially funded andendorsed Injury Prevention Strategy, with a $350,000 investmentthis year. Preventing falls, motor vehicle crashes and self-inflicted injury are the strategy’s three priority areas. For more information on the curriculum see the website athttp://www.canadianinjurycurriculum.ca . The Injury PreventionStrategy is on the Office of Health Promotion website atwww.gov.ns.ca/ohp/injuryprevention.html .