School of Population Health

Injury Prevention Our Projects

Preventing and managing falls across the life course

Falls are a growing and under-recognised public health issue. Every year more than 684,000 people die as a result of a fall, and 172 million more are left with short- or long-term disability. The vast majority of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. A team from the School of Population Health and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Trauma Care at the George Institute for Global Health was commissioned to produce an evidence synthesis on fall prevention across the life course. This formed the background to the WHO release Step Safely: Strategies for preventing and managing falls across the life course.

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Chimaera Evolution

Risks from high risk, high consequence events such has Chemical, Biological and Radiological events have been increasing due to many factors. In this project novel modeling and simulation approaches are being utilised to develop an experiment by simulation to allow exploration of planning, preparedness, response and policy questions during high risk and high consequence crisis, disaster and emergencies. The focus of this research is on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear events, areas in which there is limited real-world experience and limited opportunities to collect data. Supported by funding from Defence Science and Technology Group this research introduces new conceptual and practical approaches to exploring risks to individuals and populations potentially impacted by these events.


Drowning Prevention

In collaboration with researchers at James Cook University, Griffith University and the University of Queensland, a body of work exploring drowning in Australia and its prevention has been developed and research is ongoing. Recent topics of research include the behavioural psychology behind driving into floodwaters, river drowning risk and its prevention and the impact of flood-related drowning on children and adolescents. Findings have been implemented into practice through partnerships with organisations including Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, State Emergency Services (SES) around the country, the Australian Water Safety Council, and the Australian New Zealand Safe Boating Education Group (ANZSBEG) among others.


The Impact of Rurality on Injury Risk

In partnership with researchers at James Cook University, the impact of geographical remoteness on deaths due to injuries in Australia is currently being explored. Utilising Australian Bureau of Statistics data on causes of death this longitudinal research explores variations in fatal injury related risk by rurality to inform prevention efforts.