School of Population Health

Injury Prevention About Us

Injury prevention and disaster management is a key theme of the school’s public health research and teaching portfolios.

Drawing on diverse expertise as practitioners, advocates, researchers and teachers, we use a range of methodologies including epidemiology and biostatistics, qualitative research and mathematical modelling to explore sub-populations including:

  • Children and adolescents, and the elderly
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Migrants, refugees and culturally and linguistically diverse residents
  • Those at increased risk due to social disadvantage and geographical isolation
  • Populations impacted by disasters and bioterrorism
  • Workers suffering from occupational Injuries, particularly in high risk workplace/task settings
  • Military and first responders in high risk contexts
  • Populations interacting with Emergency and First Response Systems
  • Individuals conducting deployments and expeditions in austere settings
  • Populations experiencing environmental impacts as sequelae to disasters
  • People impacted during times of flood, including those who drive into floodwaters

Our collaborative approach sees us working both domestically and internationally:

  • In collaboration with domestic institutions including The George Institute, Griffith University, James Cook University, Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, the Torrens Institute for Disaster Resilience, and Risk Frontiers, Local Health Districts, the Australian Defence Force, US Indopacific Command, US Army Regional Health Command, Australian Defence Science and Technology Group, and the Health Emergency Management Unit at NSW Health.
  • Internationally with regional partners including the World Health Organization (WHO) in the South and Western Pacific
  • With professional credentialing organisations such as Major Incident Medical Management System (MIMMS), EmergoTrain System (ETS) and Advanced HAZMAT Life Support (AHLS) systems.