Institute of Health and
Biomedical Innovation

Injury prevention

Overview

Most injuries requiring hospitalisation in Australia happen as a result of falls, car crashes, sporting and recreational activities, interpersonal violence and in work settings. Our injury prevention program is committed to preventing injury and promoting optimal rehabilitation.

We're researching and developing strategies to:

  • modify human behaviour
  • define policy that encourages appropriate responses within industry and the community.

Our injury prevention researchers work in a variety of fields including:

  • psychology
  • public health
  • human movement studies
  • exercise science
  • neuroscience
  • optometry
  • epidemiology
  • road safety
  • medical physics
  • information technology
  • biomedical and civil engineering.

Sub-program committee

Earlier this year the injury prevention sub-program committee was established, and is led by Professor Graham Kerr. The sub-program committee works to create links with areas of similar research within our program, our institute, our university and with external groups to expand our research capacity, improve access to funding and ensure that research is translated into practice.

Sub-program leaders

Each sub-program leader provides valuable knowledge and expertise from their field of research. They have a keen interest in furthering research and collaborations in their respective areas and organise development meetings of interested people throughout the year. This group represents the diversity of interests in injury prevention at QUT, and also forms the executive committee of the injury prevention program.

The committee is involved in:

  • decision making
  • developing the program
  • identifying major priorities
  • promoting our research within IHBI and through extensive partnerships with professional and broader communities.

The sub-programs and leaders are:

Ageing
Adjunct Associate Professor Simon Smith
Child and adolescent injury
Associate Professor Kirsten Vallmuur
Community
Dr Kerry Armstrong
Sports and recreation
Dr Anthony Shield
Technology, simulation and automation
Professor Andry Rakotonirainy
Workplace and occupational safety
Professor Jeremy Davey

Infrastructure

The injury prevention program has successfully evolved into a number of groups and centres. The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q), established as a joint initiative between the Motor Accident Insurance Commission and QUT, operates within the program and has become fully self-sustaining.

The program will continue to build groups, such as the sleep and neuroscience group, to strengthen our capabilities as a leading program at IHBI and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between researchers.

Partnerships

International linkages

  • UK
  • USA
  • Indonesia
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • France

Cross-disciplinary engagement

  • Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Information technology
  • Clinical sciences
  • Addiction
  • Social work
  • Sleep therapy

Consultancies

Ergon Energy challenge: work related driving intervention

Investigators
Dr Darren Wishart, Mr Bevan Rowland
Scheme
Ergon Energy Corporation Limited, $60,000
Summary
The 'CARRS-Q Work Related Road Safety Program: The challenge to change' is designed as a commercial research behaviour change intervention program. The intervention program has a primary aim of improving the work related road safety of organisational drivers. This program encourages participants to explore some of the dangers associated with driving for work in conjunction with examining their own driving behaviour within their own organisational setting. The program culminates with an overall evaluation of the impact of the intervention on work driving safety.

Quad bike-related injuries in Queensland

Investigators
Associate Professor Kirsten Vallmuur, Dr Angela Watson, Dr Jesani Catchpoole
Scheme
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, $46,620
Summary
This project provides a comprehensive summary of the quad bike-related injury pattern and trends in Queensland, highlighting in particular those that occur in a work/farm context as distinct from a recreational context.

Recreational quad bike-related injuries in Australia: patterns and contributory factors

Investigators
Associate Professor Kirsten Vallmuur, Dr Angela Watson, Dr Jesani Catchpoole
Scheme
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, $38,501
Summary
This study examined factors involved in cases that occurred in a recreational context and those incidents which involved children. An understanding of such factors will provide important insights which may inform future work in relation to potential safety campaigns.

Integrating technological and organisational approaches to enhance the safety of roadworkers

Investigators
Professor Narelle Haworth, Associate Professor Herbert Biggs, Associate Professor Andry Rakotonirain, Dr Mark King, Mr Martin Peelgrane, Mr James Ulyate, Mr Bob Overall, Ms Susie Bridle
Scheme
Queensland Government - Department of Transport and Main Roads, $75,000
Summary
This multidisciplinary project will enhance the safety of roadworkers by providing practical and theoretical contributions to inform and provide direction at industry and academic levels for developing effective interventions/strategies to improve safety in road construction.

Enhancing workforce health at Downer Mining

Investigators
Professor Tony Parker, Dr Cynthia Cliff, Ms Carol Bowman, Dr Charles Worringham, Dr Ian Stewart, Associate Professor Herbert Biggs, Dr Michael McDonald, Mr Shaun Smith
Scheme
Downer EDI Mining, $2,145,319.05
Summary
A seven-year health program that aims to review the current occupational health and safety (OHS) systems and practices, develop a whole of company framework for OH management, implement intervention strategies targeted to health and injury priorities, and achieve measurable and sustainable health outcomes.

Impact

Evidence of impact

  • Interlock drink driving program
  • Under the Limit program
  • Fleet safety services
  • Health monitoring and injury prevention in the mining industry
  • Development of deep brain stimulation techniques in Parkinson's disease and orthostatic tremor
  • Informing policy and interventions to reduce mortality and burden of disease associated with injury, including road accidents and workplace safety

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