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The anticipation is palpable as the 15th Australasian Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion Conference looms less than a week away. So get your passport ready, check your flight status and make sure you are on time as this is one event you do not want to miss! Please make sure you have checked the NZeTA website to check if you require a visa for the passport you are travelling on.   


With an array of experts, researchers, and practitioners converging to share insights and advancements in the field, the event promises to be a dynamic platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas. Attendees can look forward to a week filled with engaging discussions, innovative presentations, and collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing injury prevention strategies and safety promotion initiatives across the Australasian region. As the countdown begins, excitement builds for the opportunity to foster connections, gain valuable perspectives, and contribute to the ongoing efforts to create safer environments for communities.

15th Australasian Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion Conference

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Thank you to our Platinum Conference Sponsors, the Accident Compensation Coorporation.


The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) delivers injury prevention initiatives and no-fault personal injury cover for everyone in Aotearoa, New Zealand.


Huakina Te Rā is underpinned by Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi and our commitment to partnering with Māori and achieving equitable wellbeing outcomes for Māori. The strategy gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi through our waka hourua partnered approach and dual-framing.


Tōnui Ake Nei | Thriving Aotearoa is our vision for a future where we work together so that all people and their communities can live the lives they value. Tōnui means “to thrive and prosper”. Ake Nei refers to something that is

increasing, rising, of great importance.


Tō Tātou Aronga | Our Purpose is to improve lives every day through a focus on prevention, care and recovery for all people in Aotearoa, New Zealand who are impacted by injury.


Ngā Whāinga Matua | Our Goals will support us to realise our vision and every action we take should get us closer to achieving them. Our dual-framed goals are:

• Mana Taurite | Equity

• Ringa Atawhai | Guardianship

• Oranga Whānau | Safe and Resilient Communities

Upcoming Events

Active Balance for falls prevention

Date: 17th April 2024

Time: 9-12noon AWST

Location: Bendat Parent & Community Centre 36 Dodd Street, Wembley, WA

Injury Matters’ Stay On Your Feet® program are hosting a half-day workshop training, aimed at fitness and exercise professionals, therapy assistants, allied health assistants, nurses, support workers, and aged care staff who work with older adults. The workshop will go over falls and falls prevention strategies, ageing risk factors, gait and balance as a key risk factor to falls while exploring falls prevention and exercise strategies that exercise professionals can implement with their older adult clients.

Read more and register here.

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Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Instructor training

Date: 7th May 2024

Time: 9am-5pm AWST

Location: Bendat Parent & Community Centre 36 Dodd Street, Wembley, WA 

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Instructor training, developed by Dr Paul Lam, is an evidence-based program to help health professionals working with older adults to become a certified Tai Chi for Health Institute Instructor. This comprehensive, practical, and enjoyable Instructor Preparation Package contains essential material to learn how to be an effective and safe instructor of the Tai Chi for Arthritis & Falls Prevention program. The online and in-person components follow a natural learning sequence with an online portal that includes video guides from Dr Paul Lam at every step and a one-day in-person workshop run by Tai Chi for Health Institute Master Trainer Sam Sujatna on May 7th in Perth, WA.

Read more and register to both parts here.

Evaluation webinar series

Date: May 8th and 15th 2024

Time: 12-12:45pm AWST

Location: Online via Teams

Evaluation is a key aspect to consider when implementing health promotion programs in the community. It helps to assess if an intervention achieved its goals, informs how to improve current or future activities, collects information to support reporting requirements, and supports future funding opportunities. It is also a vital part of successful grant programs. This two-part, 45-minute, lunchtime webinar series will provide an overview of evaluation for health programs in WA; how to evaluate project activities, data collection and translation methods, how to mitigate any challenges that arise, and practical tips to support your evaluation activities. 

Register to both webinars here.

Reports & Publications

Evaluation Webinar

Bryant J Webber, Geoffrey P Whitfield, Kenneth M Rose, Ellen W Stowe, Hatidza Zaganjor, David J Ederer, and Janet E Fulton. ‘Prevalence of Vision Zero Action Plans or Strategies: USA, 2021’. Injury Prevention, 20 February 2024, ip–2023–044926.

Chelsea L Martin, David Richardson, Morgan Richey, Maryalice Nocera, John Cantrell, Elizabeth S McClure, Amelia T Martin, Stephen W Marshall, and Shabbar Ranapurwala. ‘Twenty-Five Year Occupational Homicide Mortality Trends in North Carolina: 1992–2017’. Injury Prevention, 14 February 2024, ip–2023–044991.

Daniel R Osterhage, Jessica Acolin, Paul A Fishman, and Andrew L Dannenberg. ‘Economic Impact on Local Businesses of Road Safety Improvements in Seattle: Implications for Vision Zero Projects’. Injury Prevention, 20 February 2024, ip–2023–044934.

Philippe Richard, Judith Lahiri-Rousseau, Jonathan Phimmasone, Emilie Belley-Ranger, Jérémie Sylvain-Morneau, Mathieu Gagne, Paul-André Perron, and Claude Goulet. ‘Unintentional Injury Deaths Associated with Sport and Recreation in Québec, Canada, 2006–2019’. Injury Prevention, 20 February 2024, ip–2023–045177.

Rebeccah Lyn Sokol and Anna E Austin. ‘State Expansion of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility and Rates of Firearm-Involved Deaths in the United States’. Injury Prevention, 16 February 2024, ip–2023–045035.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Social and Emotional Wellbeing Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (2024). Nine principles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing. Canberra: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Social and Emotional Wellbeing Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. See here.

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General Manager – Recovery Support, Injury Matters

Step into a pivotal role where your leadership and strategic vision directly impact the recovery journey of individuals impacted by injury in Western Australia. As the General Manager of Recovery Support, you will spearhead initiatives aimed at and supporting people following the impact of injuries, championing partnerships, and enhancing programs and services to fulfil  Injury Matters' mission of  Safer people and places.
Your strategic acumen will be instrumental in expanding the reach and effectiveness of our recovery support activities, aligning with our organisational, objectives and values. By overseeing internal and external reporting and ensuring compliance with financial obligations, you'll safeguard the integrity and reputation of our programs while identifying opportunities for growth and innovation within the Recovery Support Business Unit.

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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. 

2024 ANZ Trauma Conference 

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

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.


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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