Year: 1997 Source: Injury Prevention, v.3, no.3, (September 1997), p.195-199 SIEC No: 19980758

New Zealand children & teenagers who died of injury in the period 1984-93 were identified from mortality data files. Their rates of injury were compared with American rates. In New Zealand, suicides accounted for 13% of the deaths compared to 11% in the USA. In terms of the theoretical potential to reduce the total injury mortality rate, priority must be given to 15-19-year-olds who account for 61% of all New Zealand injury deaths, with priority being given to motor vehicles crashes & suicide.