13th October 2015

Experts from across the globe will meet on the Gold Coast from tomorrow (October 14-16) to share the latest in road safety research with the hope of reducing the road toll at home and abroad.

WHAT: 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference

WHEN: October 14-16

WHERE: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

More than 600 road and transport safety leaders will attend the 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference being hosted by QUT's Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q), the Australasian College of Road Safety and Austroads.

CARRS-Q director and conference chairperson Professor Narelle Haworth said the conference was about sharing information to make roads safer and reducing road injuries and deaths.

"This conference is about taking action together, sharing the latest in research and working together to stop the deaths and serious injures that occur on our roads each and every day," Professor Haworth said.

"With more than 1200 deaths on Australian roads in the past 12 months, we can not be complacent when it comes to road safety, and we need to be doing more to protect our communities."

Australasian College of Road Safety president Lauchlan McIntosh said those attending the conference would be representatives from all areas of road and transport safety including research, policing, teaching, practice and policy.

"Showcasing the latest in research, programs and developments in the field is the best action we can take to reduce road trauma," he said.

Research highlights of the conference include:

* Factors involved in cyclist fatality crashes - Marilyn Johnson, Monash University

* Road policing - a Queensland perspective - Mike Keating, Assistant Police Commissioner

* Sleepy driving and drink driving attitudes - Chris Watling, CARRS-Q/QUT

* Road policing, telling it and selling it, old media versus new member - Sonia Roberts, NSW Police

* Development of Victoria's New Motorcycle Graduated Licensing System, Teresa Senserrick, University of NSW

* Drink driving among Indigenous people in Far North Queensland and northern NSW - Michelle Fitts, CARRS-Q/QUT

* Speeds and pedestrians, what's the right mix? - David Healy, DJ Healy Road Safety Consulting

* Using Humour in Peer-Education - Bridie Scott-Parker, University of the Sunshine Coast

* Too fast for these conditions? Factors influencing drivers' speed choice - Samuel Charlton, University of Waikato

Keynote speakers include:

* Dr Barry Watson, CEO, Global Road Safety Partnership Program and former Director QUT Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q)

* Gavin Smith, CEO, Robert Bosch Australia

* Professor Brian Owler, President, Australian Medical Association

* Professor Gerry Fitzgerald, QUT Professor of Public Health

* Ruth Purdie, General Secretary, TISPOL - European Traffic Police Network

* Mark Textor, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Crosby|Textor Group; Chairman, Amy Gillett Foundation

* Professor James Harrison, Director, Research Centre for Injury Studies, Flinders University and Director, National Injury Surveillance Unit (NISU)

The 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference is the result of a successful merger of Australasia's two premier road safety conferences: the Australasian College of Road Safety Conference, and the Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference.

In 2015 the Conference is supported by the Australasian College of Road Safety, Austroads, the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q) and the Queensland Government.

For more information on the Australasian Road Safety Conference, visit http://australasianroadsafetyconference.com.au/

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Sandra Hutchinson, QUT Media officer, 07 3138 9449 media@qut.edu.au
Rose Trapnell, QUT media team leader, 07 3138 2361 or 0407 585 901

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