Recent calls by lobbyists for changes to the bicycle helmet law are misguided and threaten the safety of Queensland riders according to Professor Narelle Haworth, director of QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q).
Real world safety
Our research focuses on safety prevention and injury management, and the impact that injuries have on individuals and society.
Injury prevention and management researchers consider:
- the individual, including the impairments of movement that lead to fall-related injuries
- the interaction between the individual and assistive or augmenting technologies, including intelligent transport system design, human-machine interfaces and brain-controlled prostheses
- society, in areas like education, regulation and enforcement.
Our research includes:
- human movement studies
- health psychology
- behavioural economics
- trauma and emergency
- medical physics
- civil engineering.
We emphasise developing and evaluating assessment tools and interventions, and monitoring at both the individual and population level.
Our research findings provide insight into how to achieve behaviour change in healthcare consumers who ignore or disregard information about technological advances.
A new therapeutic contact lens that acts as a bandage for eye surface injuries being developed by QUT researchers could soon fast track the healing of previously difficult to treat corneal wounds.