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The potential of the NSW Poisons Information Centre for surveillance of unintentional poisoning in young children Volume 11 Issue 11

David Muscatello, Greg Saville

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 11(11) 181 - 183 Published: 2000

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David Muscatello

Greg Saville


Unintentional poisoning is a major cause of morbidity in infants and young children. In NSW in 1995–96, unintentional poisoning was the second most common cause of injury-related hospitalisation in children aged under five years. Despite this, there is a dearth of information in NSW describing the substances and risk factors involved in serious poisoning.