Child safety the focus of Adelaide public seminar

Professor Roger Byard

Professor Roger Byard
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Monday, 13 December 2010

Parents of young children are urged to attend a University of Adelaide research presentation tomorrow night to learn how to better protect their offspring from potentially fatal accidents.

In the University's last Research Tuesdays seminar for 2010, forensic pathologist Professor Roger Byard will discuss dangerous products and parental practices that can have fatal consequences for young children.

Professor Byard has spent the past 20 years examining accidental deaths in young children.

"Over the years we have identified particular brands of pillows, cots and other material found in children's bedrooms which are really dangerous to young children," Professor Byard says.

"We have also highlighted unsafe sleeping and feeding practices which many parents are unaware can lead to accidental death."

His findings have led to the removal of specific products from the retail market, along with the publication of a number of brochures aimed at educating parents of young children.

"The death of a child is always a tragedy and the emotional scars may never disappear, particularly when the death is preventable," Professor Byard says. "Anything we can do to stop accidental deaths, either by educating people or identifying unsafe products, will help prevent more heartache."

Professor Byard will reveal how this research is undertaken, discuss recent data on accidental deaths, and where the greatest possibilities lie for further improvements in child safety.

Professor Byard is the Marks Professor of Pathology at the University of Adelaide and Senior Specialist Forensic Pathologist at Forensic Science SA. He is also a paediatric pathologist and has published more than 450 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

WHAT: No Child in Vain: How Preventative Pathology is saving our Kids
Research Tuesdays seminar

WHERE: Napier Building, Lecture Theatre 102, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide

WHEN: Tuesday 14 December 2010, 5.30pm-6.30pm

BOOKINGS: Call 8303 3692 or email:


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