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From 21 October 2013 bunk beds supplied in short-term rental accommodation in Queensland (Australia) were required to meet mandatory safety standards. The purpose of the new Fair
Trading (Safety Standards) Regulation 2011 covering bunk beds is to keep children safe while they are staying away from home.

Originally introduced in 2011 there has been a two year grace period to allow suppliers to make the transition to the new regulations. Compliance affects a wide range of tourism and hospitality suppliers such as holiday homes, school camps, student accommodation, tourist parks, and rental units.

According to the Office of Fair Trading, which is an agency of the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General, bunk beds are involved in many preventable childhood injuries. Approximately 450 children are treated each year in Queensland hospital emergency departments as a result of an injury related to bunk beds. 85% of the injuries are the direct result of a fall from a bunk bed, with most injuries suffered by children aged between 5 and 9 years old.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reports that international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) worldwide exceeded the 1 billion mark for the first time ever in 2012, with 1,035 million tourists crossing borders. Long term forecasts suggest that international tourist arrivals worldwide will increase by 3.3% a year to reach 1.8 billion by 2030. Travel medicine studies show that between 20 and 70% of these international tourists may experience some form of illness during their time away from home. Most of these illnesses are not life threatening, but they can severely disrupt a vacation or business trip. The most frequent are: travellers’ diarrhoea (accounting for up to two thirds of health problems), upper respiratory tract infections, skin diseases and fever.

Several child drowning deaths have occurred aboard cruise ships in the past year. In one of the most recent, a four-year-old boy died in a swimming pool aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship off the coast of North Carolina on 3 February. His six-year-old brother was also found in the pool, resuscitated and flown to hospital. The FBI is reported to be investigating since the ship was in international waters at the time of the incident and the deceased boy was a United States citizen.

This was the fourth high profile incident in the past year involving children at tourist venues. On 13 October 2013 a six-year-old boy drowned in the swimming pool aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Victory.3 On 31 March 2013 a four-year-old boy sustained brain damage in a near drowning incident on Disney cruise ship the Fantasy.4 Earlier in March a 13-year-old boy died after he was pulled from a swimming pool at Disney’s Pop Century Resort.5 In all of these cases questions have been raised about the availability of lifeguards at the swimming pools.6

The Annual Editions series is designed to provide convenient, inexpensive access to a wide range of current articles from some of the most respected magazines, newspapers, and journals published today. Annual Editions are updated on a regular basis through a continuous monitoring of over 300 periodical sources. The articles selected are authored by prominent scholars, researchers, and commentators writing for a general audience. The Annual Editions volumes have a number of common organizational features designed to make them particularly useful in the classroom: a general introduction; an annotated table of contents; a topic guide; an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites; and a brief overview for each section. Each volume also offers an online Instructor's Resource Guide with testing materials. Using Annual Editions in the Classroom is a general guide that provides a number of interesting and functional ideas for using Annual Editions readers in the classroom.

Health Education Journal is a leading peer-reviewed journal established in 1943. The journal publishes high quality, peer-reviewed papers on health education and health promotion as well as occasional book reviews. Published six times a year, Health Education Journal is keen to receive original papers on health education and health promotion methodology, research, policy development, and practice – particularly from an international perspective.

Topics recently included include stress management and prevention; mental health education; drug and alcohol use; physical activity and healthy eating; health literacy and health coaching; healthy schools, health promotion in the workplace, childhood immunisation; E-health education; smoking cessation; safe schools; sexual harassment; and education for oral health. Special issues of the journal allow a focus on particular health education issue or concern.

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