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February 2024 News

With just over five weeks to go the final details are being put in place for the 15th Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion Conference in Rotorua. The organising and scientific committees have been working hard to bring together an invaluable opportunity for professionals, researchers, and advocates to come together, share insights, and collaborate on foreword thinking strategies to enhance safety across diverse environments. If you are not already registered we strongly encourage you to join us in Rotorua to support the AIPN and be part of an event focused on advancing the crucial cause of creating safer communities for all.


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15th Australasian Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion Conference

Conference Workshops

Australia's National Strategy for Injury Prevention - Have your say in developing some of the key indicators.

The AIHW has been tasked by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care to develop a monitoring and reporting framework for Australia’s National Strategy for Injury Prevention. A number of important focus areas and cross-cutting factors have been identified under the strategy. Join us to workshop potential indicators and data sources for injury surveillance related to social environments, the built environment and product safety.

Workshop facilitator, Dr Heather Swanston - AIHW


Translating Farmer Health and Safety into action : Using evidence, influence and action to improve farmer health, wellbeing and safety.

This workshop will:
• Describe and highlight why farm safety is important for injury and illness prevention;
• Showcase the audio-visual and digital animation resources created specifically for youth education, and their use in the broader promotion of health and safety
• Demonstrate how to share and utilise support resources in rural communities.
• Discuss farm safety culture and the importance of measurement and evaluation of injury prevention tools.

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Experiences promoting and advising health professionals, organisations and whānau in SUDI prevention and safe sleep messaging.

Fay and Jenny will co-present about their experiences promoting and advising health professionals, organisations and whānau in SUDI prevention and safe sleep messaging.

Wānanga is a way of teaching knowledge and matauranga Māori. It understands everyone present has expertise and in sharing their accomplishments they are more attuned to absorbing the information shared by others. Wānanga wahakura demonstrates the vulnerability of learning a new skill and by working together it is achievable.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on and share their role in the culture of health, safety and wellbeing in rural communities.

Workshop facilitator, Dr Jacqueline Cotton - Deakin University

By centering whānau in all they do, Jenny and the Mokopuna Ora collective continue to develop the teaching process for weaving a wahakura (an in-adult-bed capable baby bed made from harakeke) with whānau as a way of teaching safe sleep messaging, antenatal education, birthing and parenting. The outcome is not just a beautiful pēpi but a tangible item ie. The pēpi moenga.


Jenny will share her purakau about her wahakura and it is this that whānau often look back to when in situations of distress to assist them in finding a way forward.

Workshop facilitators,  Fay Selby-Law and Jenny Firmin

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Panel Discussion & Tangata tiriti and tangata whenua Workshop


This session will involve a panel where the waka hourua approach will be discussed followed by two concurrent wānanga – one with a tangata tiriti focus and the other with a tangata whenua focus.

Workshop facilitator, Justine Pivac and Te Miri Rangi

AIPN Member Spotlight

Who you are?

I am Professor Ioni Lewis based at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) at QUT. I have been at CARRS-Q for over two decades working in road safety and injury prevention. My area of expertise is in the development and evaluation of education-based and advertising campaign initiatives.

How did you get into Injury Prevention?

As cliché as this may sound, I got into the field of injury prevention because I wanted to make a difference – the needless and tragic loss of life through otherwise preventable crashes and incidents drives me to bring my best to all that I do as part of ongoing efforts to save lives and reduce injuries.

What is your favourite part of being involved with the AIPN?

Great network of like-minded people committed to finding ways to help improve the quality and longevity of people’s lives.

What are you looking forward to about the conference?

I will be attending this year’s conference in Rotorua, New Zealand and am very much looking forward to it! Having attended the AIPN conference in the past, I know that the program will offer an impressive and complementary array of presentations from academia, industry, practitioners, and the community. That said, I have to say that I am especially excited about this year’s program which has been underpinned by a most inspiring conference theme of “Weaving knowledge for injury prevention and safety promotion; creating a new way together”!

A fact about yourself that most people wouldn't know?

Not sure how this has happened (!), but I have never actually visited New Zealand before - so this year’s AIPN conference also provides me with the opportunity to tick NZ off my bucket list of places to visit! I can’t wait for the conference and to visit NZ! 😊


Prof Ioni Lewis
Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland

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STEM Professionals Needed

STEMpals empower the next generation to be scientific literate and curious. STEMPals are looking for STEM professionals like you to volunteer as pen pals! Just 5 hours of your time spread across the year could have a profound impact on a young child's life. Sign up at or via the QR code. 

Call for Experienced Content Editors in the field of Injuries to join Cochrane Editorial Board

Cochrane Emergency and Critical Care and Cochrane Anesthesia is currently seeking knowledgeable individuals to join the Editorial Board and contribute to the advancement of the field of injuries. As an expert in this domain, your unique insights and expertise can play a pivotal role in shaping the direction of Cochrane publications in this field and foster a community of professionals dedicated to injury prevention, management, and rehabilitation.

Why Join Our Editorial Board?
By becoming a part of our Editorial Board, you will have the opportunity to:
A. Influence Scholarly Discourse: Shape the landscape of injuries research by actively participating in the review and selection of high-quality manuscripts.
B. Contribute to Knowledge Dissemination: Help disseminate cutting-edge research and best practices to a global audience, fostering the exchange of ideas and promoting advancements in the field.
C. Network with Peers: Collaborate with fellow experts, researchers, and professionals in the emergency care and injuries domain, building valuable connections within the academic and industry communities.

Who Are We Looking for?
We are seeking knowledgeable people of The Cochrane Collaboration and Cochrane Reviews. Experts with strong interest in the reviews covered by Cochrane Emergency and Critical Care, Cochrane Anaesthesia and Cochrane Injuries in particular.
We expect that you have:
• Peer review experience of Cochrane reviews
• Institution and/or personal commitment to enable time to join Editorial meetings.
• Some experience in conducting a Cochrane Review.
• Knowledge of clinical trial design and epidemiological methods.
• Familiarity with a broader range of research methods.


We are seeking experts with a background in one or more of the below categories:

A. General topics related to trauma and injuries, e.g.:
•Pre-hospital care of trauma
•Minimising blood transfusion and blood loss

B. Topics related to parts of the body, e.g.:
•Orthopaedic trauma
• Abdominal trauma

• Chest trauma
• Head injury
• Spinal cord injury

C. Prevention, e.g.:
• Prevention of road traffic injuries
• Injury prevention

D. Disaster and Preparedness

How to apply?
If you are enthusiastic about making a significant impact in the field of injuries and possess the necessary expertise, we invite you to submit your application by sending your resume, a brief cover letter outlining your relevant experience, and a list of your recent publications to
Application Deadline: March 1, 2024, 16:00CET

About The Review Groups (CRGs) Editorial Board (EB)
The impact and role of our Editorial Board (EB) is significant and multifaceted. The board is instrumental in ensuring the quality, integrity, and relevance of our published reviews. The roles encompass several critical functions that contribute to the advancement of knowledge and expertise. The EB consists of medical doctors, statisticians and methodologists, an Information Specialist, a Consumer Expert and a Managing Editor.
The Editorial Board meets once a month to identify topics and articles that are relevant, timely, and of interest to the healthcare community. This role helps disseminate valuable research and clinical information to healthcare professionals, researchers, policymakers, and the public.
In addition, the EB fosters collaborations and networking among experts and researchers in our fields. They bring together professionals from various disciplines e.g. physicians, and other health care professionals as well as statisticians and other research methodologists to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and address possible challenges.

Read more about the Review Groups (CRGs):
Cochrane Emergency and Critical Care:
Cochrane Anesthesia:


Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion Awards

Dont miss out on the opportunity to recognise the brilliance within our field by nominating your dererving colleague for the AIPN Awards! 

The AIPN is gearing up to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to injury prevention and safety promotion, and your colleague could be the next shining star to take the stage.
Award Categories:

Achievement in Research in Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

  • Pam Albany Memorial Award: Contribution to Policy in Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

  • Achievement in Practice in Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

  • Special Award for Sustained Achievement in Injury Prevention

  • Marilyn Lyford Memorial Emerging Leader Award

Nominations close 16th February 2024.

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Reports & Publications

Australian Institute of Sport Youth & Community Sport Guidelines

Yesterday, the Australian Institute for Sport (AIS) released the Youth and Community Sport Guidelines as part of the Concussion and Brain Health Position Statement. These guidelines align to advice from both the United Kingdom, Department of Culture and New Zealand, Accident Compensation Corporation.

“This multi-national approach to the Youth and Community Sport Guidelines provides all Australians with a clear, consistent, and strong message on how to manage concussion in sport,” said AIS Chief Medical Officer Dr David Hughes AM.

The key updates to align Australia’s Youth and Community Sport Guidelines with the United Kingdom and New Zealand are:

  • Expanding the existing advice for children aged 19 and under to be symptom free for 14 days prior to returning to contact training to also apply to all incidences of community sport related concussion; and

  • Extending the mandatory minimum standdown period following an incidence of sport-related concussion to 21 days from the time of concussion until returning to competitive contact sport.



Finch, Caroline F., Songshan (Sam) Huang, and Prasanna Gamage. ‘Mitigating the Risk of Heat-Related Injury’. Injury Prevention 30, no. 1 (2024): 1–2.

Bhaumik, Soumyadeep, Courtney Ryder, and Rebecca Q. Ivers. ‘Strengthening Diversity, Inclusiveness and Justice in the Injury Community’. Injury Prevention 30, no. 1 (2024): 3–4.


Adjei, Benjamin Noble, Emmanuel Kweku Nakua, Peter Donkor, Daniel Gyaase, Mohammed Muhib Alhassan, John Amissah, Emmanuel Osei Bonsu, Yeetey Enuameh, and Charles N. Mock. ‘Helmet Utilisation and Its Associated Factors among Motorcyclists in Northern Ghana: An Analytical Cross-Sectional Survey’. Injury Prevention, 2024.

Cullen, Patricia, Amy E. Peden, Kate L. Francis, Karly I. Cini, Peter Azzopardi, Holger Möller, Maragaret Peden, et al. ‘Interpersonal Violence and Gender Inequality in Adolescents: A Systematic Analysis of Global Burden of Disease Data From 1990 to 2019’. Journal of Adolescent Health 74, no. 2 (2024): 232–45.

Jacoby, Sara F., Eunice C. Wong, Terry L. Schell, Mark B. Powers, Ann Marie Warren, and Therese S. Richmond. ‘Factors Associated with Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Chronic Pain after Acute Traumatic Injury’. Injury Prevention 30, no. 1 (2024): 14–19.

Peden, Amy E., Hannah M. Mason, Jemma Chandal King, and Richard Charles Franklin. ‘Examining the Relationship between Heatwaves and Fatal Drowning: A Case Study from Queensland, Australia’. Injury Prevention 30, no. 1 (2024): 7–13.


Shoib, S., Das, S., Zaidi, I., Chandradasa, M. (2024). Climate change and Indigenous mental health in Australia: in the aftermath of the defeat of the Voice referendum. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Early view(

Thomas, Elizabeth, HuiJun Chih, Jacinta Thorne, Melinda Fitzgerald, and Gill Cowen. ‘A Retrospective Analysis of Concussion and Post-Concussional Syndrome Diagnoses in Western Australian Emergency Departments’. Injury 55, no. 3 (2024): 111333.

Thorn, G., Cox, J.. (2024). Improving health equity to primary care for First Nations peoples living in northern Queensland. In Bichel-Findlay, J. Otero, P. Scott, P. Huesing, E. (Ed.), MEDINFO 2023 - the future is accessible: Proceedings of the 19th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics (pp. 1562-1563). Amsterdam: IOS Press.

Vargas, Eugenio Weigend, Zainab Hans, Douglas J. Wiebe, and Jason E. Goldstick. ‘Firearm Manufacturing and Imports in the USA and Their Association to Firearm Homicides in Central America and the Caribbean, 1991–2019’. Injury Prevention, 2024.

Vasdeki, Dionysia, Antonia Barmpitsioti, Anna De Leo, and Zoe Dailiana. ‘HOW TO PREVENT HAND INJURIES – REVIEW OF EPIDEMIOLOGICAL DATA IS THE FIRST STEP IN HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT’. Injury 55, no. 3 (2024): 111327.

Virtue, Cierra, Chelsea Goffe, Evelyn Shiang, Zoann McKenzie, and Wendy Shields. ‘Surveillance Methods and Interventions Implemented in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities to Increase Child Restraint Device and Seat Belt Use in Motor Vehicles: A Systematic Review’. Injury Prevention, 2024.

Warner, Tara D. ‘Locked and Loaded: Correlates of in-Home Firearm Storage Beliefs and Behaviours’. Injury Prevention, 2024.

Zhang, Angela Yu, Julie Leviter, Janette Baird, Danielle Charles-Chauvet, Laura M. Frackiewicz, Susan Duffy, and Almaz Dessie. ‘Buckle Me up! A Randomised Controlled Trial Using a Tablet-Based Emergency Department Intervention for Child Car Safety Education’. Injury Prevention, 2024.

Zielinski, Chris. ‘Time to Treat the Climate and Nature Crisis as One Indivisible Global Health Emergency’. Injury Prevention 30, no. 1 (2024): 5–6.

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Public Consultations

Product Safety Priorities 2024 - 25

There is an opportunity for AIPN Members to contribute to the ACCC Product Safety priority areas and emerging issues. The ACCC  are specifically consulting on:

  • Are you aware of any existing, new or emerging consumer product safety issues that require action and should be considered as a priority?

  • Do you have any feedback on the following areas being considered as a Product Safety Priority for 2024-25?

Young children’s product safety

Sustainability and maintaining product safety

Product safety online

Emerging technology and product safety

Improving product safety data.

If you would like to contribute to an AIPN submission, please provide feedback to Catherine Niven by

COB 6 February at

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15th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference 

The Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) are pleased to invite you to the premier injury prevention conference for Australia, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the Asia Pacific, the 15th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference with the theme: Weaving knowledges for injury prevention and safety promotion; creating a new way together. The conference is to be held at the Sir Morrison Howard Centre in Rotorua, Aotearoa New Zealand, 11-13 March, 2024.  

Preventative Mental Health Symposium

The Preventive Mental Health Symposium will be held on Tuesday 12 March 2024 at the Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne.

The symposium will be held as a hybrid event which will include in-person and online attendance. The symposium will include a mix of keynote speakers and panel discussions.

Safety 2024

The 15th World Conference on Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion #Safety2024 will be hosted in the amazing rich in history and culture and architecturally beautiful City of New DelhiIndia.
#Safety2024 aims to draw global attention to the critical issues surrounding safety and injury prevention. The gathering will serve as a platform for international experts in the field to come together with a shared mission of "Creating a Safer Future for All: Implementing Equitable and Sustainable Strategies for Preventing Injuries and Violence." We invite you to visit the #Safety2024 website to learn more about the World Conference, the program, and registration details. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the global effort to reduce injuries and violence and improve trauma care, and we believe your involvement will greatly enrich the conference and help make it a resounding success.
By way of updates, a call for abstracts is now open and details can be found here

Expressions of interest for workshops may be submitted through a Google form here. 

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Australasian Road Safety Conference 

Join Australasia’s leading road safety and injury prevention researchers, practitioners and policy makers for the Australasian Road Safety Conference 2024.

ARSC 2024 will be held from 30 Sept - 3 Oct in Hobart, Tasmania. This face-to-face format will bring together road safety stakeholders and decision-makers from Australasia and international jurisdictions to facilitate collaboration and share information.

International Safety Media Awards

Thank you to all who submitted their entries to the International Safety Media Awards (ISMA2024)! We received hundreds of high-quality safety media submissions from around the world. The ISMA Judges and Coordinators are grateful for your participation.

Join us in Delhi, India, on September 2-4 for the Safety 2024 conference, where we will continue to recognize and celebrate colleagues worldwide. Early bird registrations and scholarships open on February 10, 2024. Learn more at

The ISMAs have honored impactful injury prevention and safety promotion media from around the world since 2006. Entries are evaluated by an international panel of subject matter experts. The ISMAs are held biennially in conjunction with the World Health Organization’s Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference.

Interested in seeing past winners and learning more? Visit Evaluation criteria include production quality, message clarity, innovation/creativity, and evaluation methods and results.

Join us at the International Safety Media Awards 2024 Workshop event, where we can share our wisdom, campaign knowledge, and experiences. Let's work together to promote safety and make a difference in the world. Together, we can learn from each other, shorten the mastery curve, and provoke our imagination to accomplish media campaigns and behavior change to achieve previously viewed as impossible outcomes.

Additional ISMA Background

The 2024 entry with the highest evaluation score will win a session with the Center for Safe Alaskans’ Health Communications Neuromarketing Lab (Neuro Lab). Messages that change. behavior and inspire healthy decision-making require a motivationally arousing experience.

Neuromarketing complements traditional marketing tools like surveys and focus groups. The Neuro Lab provides nuanced, sensitive, and real-time emotional data. The Neuro Lab can test. multimedia messages to measure their resonance and effectiveness among a focused. audience by providing neuroscience guidance to improve message impact. The Neuro Lab can provide evidence-based recommendations and strategies for enhancing the power and impact of media.

2024 ANZ Trauma Conference 

Save the date for the Trauma 2024 Conference – 24 – 26 October 2024, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia.

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