The research found that falls were the most common cause of injury for children. Playground equipment was a major culprit, with over 55,000 children hospitalised in the 10 year period as a result of playground falls.

The report also showed that sporting activities were the most commonly reported activity responsible for child injury, while the home was the most common place injuries took place.

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Children had a higher risk of death from their injuries if they lived in regional or remote areas of Australia.

The researchers have called on the federal government to establish a national agency to coordinate an injury prevention plan, AAP reports.

“With injury continuing to represent a substantial burden to the Australian community and as it is the highest cause of death and hospitalisation in Australian children aged one to six years, the development of a current national injury prevention strategy in Australia is long overdue,” the report states.

This article first published on Marie Claire.