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15th Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion Conference

This esteemed three-day event in Rotorua, Aotearoa, promises to gather a global audience dedicated to advancing the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples.  

Our conference serves as a connection point for the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and transformative research, firmly rooted in the cultural heritage and ways of knowing, being, and doing of Indigenous communities. 

The theme of this year's conference, "Weaving knowledges for injury prevention and safety promotion; creating a new way together” reflects our commitment to collaborate across cultures and disciplines, working together to safeguard the health and lives of all people, including Indigenous peoples. Weaving is a cultural practice shared amongst many Indigenous groups and is used in our conference theme to symbolise the coming together of multiple knowledge systems to create something new, strong, and connected. Injury is a cross cutting issue that has impacts beyond just the ‘classic’ injury prevention paradigms and is relevant to housing, climate change, urban health, suicide prevention, family violence, employment, alcohol and drug and product safety for example.  

We invite attendees from all backgrounds and disciplines, across government portfolios, clinicians, practitioners, industry, researchers and communities to join us in coming together to learn from each other in reimagining injury prevention and safety promotion.  

We are anticipating over 150 delegates, the conference will bring together Indigenous individuals and allies from across diverse regions. The event will host prominent national and international speakers who have made exceptional contributions to the field of injury prevention and safety promotion.  

As we gather in 2024, our conference holds special significance in the wake of the global pandemic that has reshaped societies and redefined our ways of life. This event offers a collective opportunity for us to come together to reimagine the way we approach injury prevention and safety promotion. 

Call for Abstracts 

The Call for Abstracts is open for the following presentations: 

  • Oral Paper Presentation: 15mins plus 5mins for questions 

  • Rapid Fire Presentation: 5mins, 3-5 slides only 

  • Poster Presentation: including dedicated poster viewing session with author on-site 

  • Workshops: 90 minutes 

  • Panels: 60 minutes 

Information on the submission process and presentation types can be found here

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee. 

Please note that submissions will close on 9 October 2023, 11:59pm ADST. 

Sponsorship Opportunities 

By participating as a sponsor or exhibitor at this event, you align your organisation with the imperative cause of advancing equity in injury prevention and safety promotion, including advancing Indigenous health and wellbeing. This conference provides a distinctive platform to showcase your organisation's commitment to improving the lives of many across the Australasian region and you will have a unique opportunity to network with influential national and international researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and community-based organisations. By sponsoring this event, you will gain visibility and recognition through diverse sponsorship and trade opportunities over the course of three enlightening days. 

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for all budgets. Find out more about how you can grow your brand at the conference.

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AIPN Member Spotlight

Who you are, where you work/used to work/field/expertise?

My name is Catherine Niven, and I am an early career researcher at the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation, QUT working in the Product Safety Research Program. I recently completed my PhD which evaluated Australian and US consumer product safety regulatory responses to hazardous children’s products. I previously worked with the Queensland Government for over a decade, primarily in principal policy and legal roles at the Office of Fair Trading.   

How did you get into Injury Prevention?

I started my career working for a commercial law firm and quickly realised that it wasn’t the perfect fit for me. Instead, I felt a strong calling towards promoting social justice in my work. This drive led me to work on significant policy and legislative projects at the Office of Fair Trading. As fate would have it, an opportunity arose to pivot into product safety research, and I seized it and never looked back.

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

Working with passionate people who go above and beyond to safeguard the health and safety of communities. 

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

I spend most of my spare time on the water, dipping a line in where I can. Fortunately for the fish, I am humbly aware of my limited abilities in this endeavour.

Catherine Niven

Catherine Niven
Research Fellow – Product Safety Research Program - Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation

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AIPN Executive Committee

We are excited to invite you to step up and play an active role in shaping the future of the AIPN by nominating yourself to be a part of our Executive Committee. Your unique skills, passion, and perspective are invaluable assets that can drive positive change and innovation within our community. The following positions will be available for nomination at the upcoming AGM: 

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

  • 4 x General Committee Members

Why Should You Consider Nominating Yourself? 

  1. Make a Meaningful Impact: Serving on the Executive Committee allows you to directly influence the direction and decisions of the AIPN. Your input can lead to initiatives that align with your vision and passion. 

  2. Personal Growth: Volunteering in a leadership role provides you with a platform to enhance your skills, develop leadership qualities, and expand your professional network. 

  3. Broaden Your Horizons: Working with a diverse group of individuals from various backgrounds and experiences exposes you to new ideas and perspectives, fostering personal and professional growth. 

  4. Give Back to the Community: Contributing your time and expertise is a powerful way to contribute to injury prevention in Australasia. 

Nominations will be opening shortly. If you would like to find out more or to discuss the opportunities, please contact Rachel Meade at 

Professional Education Program – Elder Abuse 

Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) has today launched a professional education program to provide organisations with the tools they need to identify elder abuse. The three-hour module called Recognising and Responding to Elder Abuse will be delivered in person or online throughout Victoria. SRV are looking to engage with home care providers initially before rolling the module out to other sectors and industries. 

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Reports & Publications

2023 WA Falls Report

Highlighting the incidence of falls in WA and the need for additional prevention initiatives, Injury Matters has released the 2023 WA Falls Report. The Report’s findings indicate that on average a Western Australian dies every 19 hours, is admitted to hospital every 15 minutes and presents to an emergency department every 11 minutes due to a falls-related injury.  

Being the fifth edition of this annual publication, the Report highlights the concerning increasing incidence of falls across the state and the need to prioritise for coordinated action to support the safety of the WA community.  

Download the 2023 WA Falls Report for more information regarding the incidence of falls in WA.  

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Upcoming Events

Coordinating Communities that Care

Join Communities That Care as they host Birgitta Mansson who will share her experience with Communities That Care in the municipality of Malmo, Sweeden. Hear why this approach to preventing health and social problems is increasing in popularity across Europe.

Date: Monday 23 October
Location: In person or online

Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm AEDT


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Public Consultations

Have your say on the draft Guide for Australian Ambulance Health Services

Consultation is now open on the draft NSQHS Standards Guide for Ambulance Health Services.


The draft Guide provides practical support and guidance for ambulance health services to implement the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. Your feedback will help ensure the draft Guide meets the needs of Ambulance Health Services implementing the NSQHS Standards.

Consultation closes 10 November.

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2023 ASICS Sports Medicine Australia Conference 11-14 October

The 2023 ASICS SMA Conference is a unique multidisciplinary event, and includes representation from medical practitioners, allied health professionals, academics, students, and others interested in sports medicine. The rich array of professions is reflected in the Conference program, and fosters collaboration and knowledge exchange across the disciplines.

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The 10th Biennial Australia and New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference (ANZFP) will for the first time be run as a joint conference with the World Congress on Falls and Postural Stability at the Perth Convention Centre, from the 26-28 November 2023. ANZFP is an initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society (ANZFPS). The 1st World Congress on Falls and Postural Stability was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in December 2019-joint initiative of the Malaysian Society of Geriatric Medicine and the British Geriatrics Society.

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World Conference on Drowning Prevention 4-7 December

This globally significant event will focus world attention on drowning prevention. WCDP 2023 will gather experts in drowning prevention, lifesaving and water safety with the goal of Shaping Global Strategy and Mobilising for Action.

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15th 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.  

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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International Safety Media Awards

Recognizing the world’s best safety promotion and injury prevention media. 

Held in conjunction with the  World Health Organisation’s 15th Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference #Safety2024 to be held in Delhi, India from September 2-4, 2024, 

An opportunity to honor high-quality and effective media. Why don't you enter the International Safety Media Awards 2024 for a chance to showcase your Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention messages? 


Open Call for International Safety Media Awards (ISMA) is from  Friday 20th October 2023  

For more information please visit: 


The International Safety Media Awards have been a part of the World Health Organization’s SAFETY Conferences since 2006 in Durban, South Africa. The Awards provide a platform to recognize powerful and effective safety promotion and injury prevention media initiatives. The ISMAs also provide an opportunity to strengthen worldwide multi-sectorial partnerships and share state-of-the-art learnings. At the last conference over 600 pieces of media were received from every continent except Antarctica.  


BE INSPIRED: Check out the previous winning entries at of the 8th International Safety Media Awards (ISMA) presented at the World Safety Conference in Adelaide, Australia 27 to 30  November 2022.   

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