AUTO21 applauds efforts to keep Canadian children safer

    WINDSOR, ON, March 25 /CNW/ - Today, Dr. Anne Snowdon, Health, Safety and
Injury Prevention Theme Coordinator for the AUTO21 Network of Centres of
Excellence, welcomed the release of "Reaching for the Top: A Report by the
Advisor on Healthy Children and Youth," which provides recommendations on how
to help improve the health of Canada's children and youth. The report was
authored by Dr. Kellie Leitch, the federal government's Advisor on Healthy
Children and Youth and the Chief of Paediatric Surgery at Children's Hospital
in London, Ontario. A copy of the report is available on the Health Canada
website (
    "Death rates of Canadian children and youth are escalating due to
injuries that could be prevented. This situation is not acceptable," said Dr.
Snowdon. "The National Injury Prevention Strategy outlined in the report will
help to keep Canadian children safer and reduce these needless deaths. I would
like to congratulate and express sincere gratitude to Dr. Leitch for
implementing this consultation that engaged so many children, youth, parents
and professionals in the injury prevention sector."
    Dr. Leitch's report proposes a focused and targeted approach to
addressing injury prevention issues by building new models of collaboration
and innovation with a strong focus on knowledge sharing across disciplines and
sectors. The National Injury Prevention Strategy recommends all provinces
endorse the mandatory use of booster seats as a way to reduce injuries and
deaths to children in motor vehicle accidents.
    "AUTO21 is a federal automotive research initiative that partners the
public and private sectors. Its research methodology demonstrates that the
collaborative and innovative approach outlined in Dr. Leitch's report can
result in safer conditions for Canadians," said Dr. Snowdon. "Our research in
the area of children's automotive safety has led to education strategies that
support children's safety and led to the development of a safer booster seat
currently on market. This approach works."
    "Many of the recommended strategies within this report are based on
successful models that have had significant, positive impact on the health and
well-being of children and youth in other OECD nations," added Dr. Snowdon.
"All Canadian healthcare organizations share the goal of helping to ensure
better health outcomes for our children and youth. The implementation of this
Report would be a very positive first step to accomplish that goal."

    The AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence currently supports more than
260 researchers working on 41 auto-related research and development projects
at 42 Canadian universities and institutions. An annual $11 million budget of
public and private sector funding supports research in the areas of health,
safety and injury prevention; societal issues; materials and manufacturing;
design processes; powertrains, fuels and emissions; and intelligent systems
and sensors. AUTO21 is part of the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence
program, and its administrative center is hosted by the University of Windsor.

For further information:

For further information: Dr. Anne Snowdon, Health, Safety and Injury
Prevention Theme Coordinator, AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, Cell:
(519) 817-2205

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