School of Population Health

PHCM 9792 - Everything you need to know about injury (and more)

PHCM9792 everything about injury

In term 1, 2022 the School of Population Health will again offer ‘Injury Epidemiology, Prevention and Control’ (PHCM9792) as a 6UOC elective in the Master of Public Health and the Master of Global Health. Co-convened by Head of the School Professor Rebecca Ivers and National Health and Medical Research Council fellow Dr Amy Peden, the course will be offered in external mode and takes a global view of injury-related harm and its prevention. 

Globally in 2017, injuries result in 4.48 million deaths and 520 million cases of non-fatal injury according to the Global Burden of Disease study. Injury burden in a population can be radically affected by war, civil conflict and natural disasters, highlighting the role of global issues such as geopolitical factors and climate change on injury risk.

In Australia, injury accounts for 12,000 deaths (8% of all deaths) and 460,000 hospitalisations annually. Health system expenditure on injury totals $8.9 billion dollars, 7.6% of total health expenditure. The importance of preventing injury-related harm in Australia has been recognised by the Federal Government, with the development of a new National Injury Prevention Plan to guide efforts domestically through to 2030, led by the George Institute for Global Health, an affiliated medical research institute. 

The course features a range of world leading experts from Australia and around the world who will provide guest lectures throughout the course. These entertaining lectures will be complemented by case studies detailing emerging research, innovative injury prevention interventions and advocacy campaigns. The course explores core concepts before taking a deep dive into key unintentional and intentional injury mechanisms (such as road traffic, intentional self-harm, drowning, falls, poisoning, sports injury, occupational injury), risk factors such as alcohol and other drugs and examines trauma care and rehabilitation across high-income and low-income contexts. 

Guest lecturers include representatives of the World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins University, Neuroscience Research Australia (NEURA), Black Dog Institute, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), the George Institute for Global Health and will span presentations from Australia, the United States, the Philippines, Uganda, and Bangladesh among others. 

More information on the course can be found here.

You can shortly enrol in the course via MyUNSW. For any questions about the course please email course convenor Dr Amy Peden.

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