Injury Prevention SIG

The Injury Prevention SIG brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers. Injury prevention is a significant issue in Australia. Each year injuries account for almost half of all deaths of people between the ages of 1 -44 years, result in an estimated 8,000 deaths, 317,000 hospital admissions and costs the health system an estimated $2.6 billion annually.

Injuries are preventable through: access to good information about the circumstances of the injury; provision of evidence based programs; targeting those who have responsibility for safety; and effective policy.

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Injury Prevention SIG Committee:

Co-Convenor: Richard Franklin
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Richard Franklin PhD FPHAA is A/Professor of Public Health at JCU, Australia in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. He is a pracademic with interests’ in public health, injury prevention, drowning prevention, farm safety, workplace health and safety, rural road safety, masculinity, alcohol & drugs, travel and disasters. He teaches into the Master of Public Health and supervises a range of masters and doctorate students.


Co-Convenor: Rachel Meade
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Rachel is General Manager Research & Advocacy at Injury Matters. Rachel manages Injury Matters' prevention and trauma recovery-focussed research, evaluation and advocacy focused activities designed to contribute to a population level reduction in injury rates in WA. Rachel has extensive experience leading teams and managing injury prevention programs, previously managing the state-wide falls prevention program Stay On Your Feet® and Know Injury capacity building program. Rachel has worked in injury prevention in Western Australia for over 12 years and has experience working for not-for-profit and governments locally and internationally.


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