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National Burns Awareness Month

National Burns Awareness Month (NBAM) aims to drive greater awareness amongst the Australian community of burns prevention and the correct first aid treatment for burns.

National Burns Awareness Month is an initiative of Kidsafe, Australia’s leading community organisation dedicated to child injury prevention, and held in June each year as there is a significantly increased risk of burns during winter.

Throughout the month of June, Kidsafe invites you to raise awareness of burns prevention and correct first aid by posting on social media and sending a press release to your local newspaper. The toolkit has everything you need including links to posters, brochures, checklists, videos, learning activities, social media posts/graphics and a template media release.

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The Link between foot health, medications, and falls among older adults webinar 

Date: 12th June 2024 

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am AWST 

Location: Online via Teams  

This webinar will explore the links between foot health and fall risk with guest speakers Dr Amy Page and Prof. Hylton Menz, raising awareness of the link between polypharmacy, foot health, and falls while discussing ways in which health professionals can identify risk earlier when working with older adults. 

Falls Prevention for Older Adults – Evidence-Based Screening and Exercise Strategies webinar 

Date: 5th June 2024 

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am AWST 

Location: Online via Teams  

A webinar for exercise scientists and physiologists, giving an overview of the latest statistics on falls in Western Australia, an introduction to the latest evidence-based practice in falls prevention for older adults including relevant screening tools. 

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Reports & Publications

Kidsafe WA New Resources

Safety Island: Kidsafe WA's Latest Injury Prevention Teaching Resource for Primary Schools 

Safety Island is an interactive e-learning tool for lower primary school students to facilitate class lessons on safety and injury prevention. With four modules covering safety at home, on the road, at play and on the farm, students can access fun and engaging content for that links to the Western Australian Curriculum for Pre-Primary to Year 3. Supported by the Department of Health WA.

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Kidsafe WA Resource Launch: A Parent's Guide to Backyard Play

Kidsafe WA with the support of the Department of Health WA are excited to launch their latest resource A Parent's Guide to Backyard Play. This guide provides parents and carers with information on common injuries that can happen to children in the backyard, and how to create backyard play environments that are safe and fun for everyone.


This resource provides parents and carers with practical safety tips to reduce the risk of injury to children in the backyard. Topics include common play equipment such as slides, swings, monkey bars and trampolines, along with other backyard hazards including garage and shed safety, poisonous plants, water safety and animal safety.

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New mandatory toppling furniture information shared

New laws have been created to increase awareness of the dangers of toppling furniture. Since 2000, 28 people, including 17 children under five, have died in Australia from toppling furniture, and each year more than 900 Australians suffer injuries requiring medical assistance from toppling furniture. Children aged up to 4 years are most at risk, with older Australians also vulnerable. The new standard requires suppliers to provide safety warnings and advice about how to reduce toppling furniture incidents to consumers before, during and after purchasing furniture.

Other Publications

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. ‘Injuries Affecting Men in Australia: A Closer Look’. Australia Government, 31 May 2024.

D’Alonzo, Bernadette A, Abigail C Bretzin, Andrea LC Schneider, Rebecca B Morse, Silvia P Canelón, Douglas J Wiebe, and Mary Regina Boland. ‘Comparison of Different Definitions of Traumatic Brain Injury: Implications for Cohort Characteristics and Survival in Women, Philadelphia, USA’. Injury Prevention, 27 May 2024, ip–2023–045069.

Hatchimonji, Justin S, Danielle R Hatchimonji, Lisa Allee, and Dane R Scantling. ‘Trends in Youth Risk Behaviours and Firearm Injury in the USA over 20 Years’. Injury Prevention, 27 May 2024, ip–2023–045161.

Roberts, Leah E, Brady Bushover, Christina A Mehranbod, Ariana N Gobaud, Carolyn Fish, Evan L Eschliman, Xiang Gao, Siddhesh Zadey, and Christopher N Morrison. ‘Physical Environmental Roadway Interventions and Injury and Death for Vulnerable Road Users: A Natural Experiment in New York City’. Injury Prevention, 24 May 2024, ip–2023–045219.

Rozars, Md Faisal Kabir, Nawshin Ahmed, Naima Sultana, A S M Ishtiak, Md. Tohidul Alam, Md. Elias Hossan, Nazmun Nahar, et al. ‘Factors Associated with Road Traffic Injury in a High-Risk Zone of Bangladesh: A Mixed-Method Study’. Injury Prevention, 29 May 2024, ip–2023–045001.

Shimony-Kanat, Sarit, Daniela Orr, and Amir Falk. ‘Social and Economic Factors Associated with Child Unintentional Injury Mortality in High-Income Countries’. Injury Prevention 30, no. 3 (1 June 2024): 194.

Smallwood, Reakeeta, Kim Usher, Cindy Woods, Vicki Saunders, and Debra Jackson. ‘“We Have Our Own Stories to Write, and We Will Write Them”: Defining Resilience with Aboriginal Young People’. YOUNG 32, no. 3 (1 June 2024): 277–95.

Talbot, Morgan, Linsey Miller, and Siosaia Hafoka. ‘Child Safety Seat Checks in Salt Lake County: Protective and Risk Factors’. Injury Prevention, 24 May 2024, ip–2023–045218.

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SafeAge Product Safety (PhD scholarship)

The Australian Centre for Health Services information have formally commenced their 3-year project evaluating product safety risks for older persons and have just advertised a PhD Scholarship opportunity. Older persons as a cohort are at high risk of consumer product-related injury and death. The most recent Australian research into product safety issues for older persons was conducted over 25 years ago, yet the marketplace and product technology have changed dramatically and the population at risk has grown. This Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project aims to generate contemporary knowledge of the role of consumer products in injuries and deaths for older persons.

Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Dementia and Aged Care

A PhD scholarship is available through the University of Sydney related to a NHRMC Partnership project aiming to implement reablement approaches to care, with the goal of improving independence, safety, and overall health and wellbeing of residents with mild cognitive impairment and dementia, and reduce avoidable costs.  I am a Chief Investigator on this exciting project with a strong multidisciplinary team, led by Professor Yun-Hee Jeon.  Anyone interested in finding out more about the project and scholarship are asked to contact Professor Yun-Hee Jeon directly -

Injury Matters - Health Promotion - Alcohol and Other Drugs Coordinator

Step into a role that makes a tangible impact by actively contributing to the development, implementation, promotion and facilitating of injury prevention initiatives. As a key member of the Injury Prevention Business Unit, you will be responsible for the seamless delivery of the Preventing Harm from Alcohol and Other Drugs Pilot Program.

This position empowers you to forge effective partnerships with organisations and professionals in the Western Australian Alcohol and Other Drugs sector, as well as allied health professionals.

Injury Matters – Recovery Support - Practice Lead

As the Practice Lead, you will be a vital member of the Recovery Support Business Unit. This position will be responsible for overseeing the provision of psychotherapeutic supports and interventions and providing clinical advice relevant to Injury Matters recovery support services. 
Apart from competency in providing short to long-term individual counselling and therapy to community members impacted by road trauma, this position provides you with the opportunity to support, lead, coach and mentor the Road Trauma Support clinical team to deliver on program deliverables and develop their skills to achieve professional growth. 

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NSW Fall Prevention and Healthy Ageing Network 2024 Annual Fall Forum 

Friday June 7th, 2024 

Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney 


The NSW Fall Prevention & Healthy Ageing Network Annual Forum provides a fantastic opportunity to come together and learn about the latest on fall prevention and healthy ageing. Listen to experts in their field provide an overview of the latest research, advocacy, quality improvement and fall prevention in residential aged care and hospital, and community program initiatives. 

This forum also provides a fabulous opportunity to network, exchanges ideas and learn from each other. 


Abstract submissions and registrations are now open for the 2024 annual forum, click here.

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. 

2024 Australasian Road Safety Conference 

30 September – 3 October 

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 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. 

2024 ANZ Trauma Conference 

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

2024 SMA & ACSEP Conference

In October 2024, SMA and the ACSEP are co-convening a four-day Conference at the iconic MCG, dedicated to excellence in sports and exercise medicine, sports science and physical activity. 


With an expected attendance of over 700 delegates representing the multidisciplinary field of sports medicine, it’s an event that promises to expand your knowledge and your networks.  


Global and local speakers at the forefront of their profession will share their expertise and take on cutting edge science.  

ANZBA Annual Scientific Meeting 

The ANZBA ASM is the premier event for burn care leaders and practitioners in Australia and New Zealand. The ASM brings together some of the most influential leaders who drive the introduction and adoption of innovative care solutions in the pursuit of better burn care. 

This year’s meeting revolves around the theme “Adapt to Thrive”. In a constantly evolving world, the ability to adapt is paramount for not just surviving but thriving. 

Have you got activities you want to promote or content to share? Please send any articles to 27th day of each month.

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