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Injury Risk Management Research Centre (IRMRC)

The NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre is an independent, cross-faculty research centre of the University of New South Wales. .

The IRMRC has split up into two different research centres. One group conducts research into road and transport safety, called Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research, University of New South Wales. Information about TARS Research is available at: http://www.tars.unsw.edu.au

The second group conducts research on fall-related injury in older persons and is the Falls and Injury Group located at Neurosciences Research Australia (NeuRA), University of New South Wales. Information about the Falls and Injury Group is available at: http://www.neura.edu.au/research/themes/close-group More...


"Human Factors: The Driving Future"
Adjunct Professor Mike Regan, PhD
Research Director, French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research
Adjunct Professor for Vehicle Safety Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Time & Date: 10.00-11.00 am, 7th December 2010

Venue: Physics Lecture Theatre 112, 1st floor Old Main Building (K15) - http://www.facilities.unsw.edu.au/Maps/maps.html

About the seminar:
Since its humble beginnings, the motor vehicle has undergone some significant changes. Engines have become more efficient and reliable, vehicle structures have become more crashworthy, and many mechanical linkages have been replaced by electronic ones. For the most part, these changes have been invisible to the driver. Until very recently, the car cockpit itself has remained largely unchanged. With the exception of automatic transmission and cruise control systems, which can be used to partially automate some driving tasks, the driver largely remains in control of most of the vehicles that travel on our roads. All of that, however, is changing - and very rapidly - as advanced driver assistance systems and other modern technologies work their way in the vehicle cockpit, and into the driver control loop.

In this presentation the latest technologies and functions entering the vehicle cockpit are reviewed, their impact on the driving task is discussed, and the human factors and ergonomic implications of these developments are considered. There will be ample opportunity for discussion.

About the speaker:
Dr. Mike Regan has been a Research Director at the French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research (INRETS) in Lyon, France, since April 2007. He is also Adjunct Professor for Vehicle Safety at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Prior to his current appointment, Mike was for 10 years a Senior Research Fellow and Manager - Human Factors and Simulation Group at the Monash University Accident Research Centre, in Melbourne, Australia. He is an applied experimental psychologist, with BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees from the Australian National University.

Mike has more than 20 years experience as a transportation human factors researcher, research manager and administrator. His current research interests focus on driver distraction and inattention, and driver interaction with advanced driver assistance systems. He sits on several international expert committees and on the Editorial Boards of 4 peer-reviewed journals, including Human Factors. Mike is the author and co-author of around 180 published documents, including two books. Mike has received several awards for his contributions to transportation human factors, including the 2009 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Ron Cumming Memorial Medal.

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February 2010 - Fleet Safety Management in NSW

The IRMRC and the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) have won a WorkCover NSW Assist Applied Research Grant to develop and trial the useability of a safety management audit tool during 2010-2011.

In NSW, around 16% of all vehicle fatalities each year and around 10% of injury hospitalisations following a vehicle crash are thought to be work-related.  There are around 800,000 fleet vehicles in NSW and it has been estimated that 20-30% of them crash each year, with drivers of company vehicles experiencing 50% more crashes than private vehicle drivers.

The development of the fleet safety management audit tool will allow organisations to assess their safety practices against standard criteria, identify areas for improvement and benchmark their performance against other organisations.


Safety Science Seminar Series - July 2009

The NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre and the School of Risk and Safety Science are delighted to invite you to attend the 8th UNSW Safety Seminar Series entitled Research-to-Practice: Maximizing the Impact of Occupational Injury Research .

Our distinguished speaker for this seminar would be Dr Nancy Stout, Ed.D, Director of the Division of Safety Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

The seminar will be held on Thursday, 30th July 2009, 4:30pm-5:30pm at The Red Centre, Room 4034 on the campus of University of New South Wales.

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 The University of New South Wales Injury Risk Management Research Centre, Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney Children's Hospital, Kidsafe NSW, the Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Children's Hospital at Westmead are delighted to invite you to attend a one day workshop on Child Risk, Safety and Injury Prevention. 

The workshop is designed to build on the momentum of the World Health Organisation and UNICEF  World Report on Child Injury Prevention and highlight the importance of child safety and injury prevention.  See link to WHO report here


The workshop will be held in Gallery Room 1 of the Scientia on the campus of the University of New South Wales, from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, to be followed by a wine reception. 

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agenda, registration form or venue and parking map.

Places are limited, so please complete the registration form and send to Danielle Wells by 5pm, Monday 6th April 2009.  Her contact details are on the registration form.


Safety Science Seminar Series March 2009-

The NSW IRMRC, the School of Safety Sciences, and the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) are delighted to invite you to attend the UNSW Safety Science Seminar entitled Safe System Approach to Road Safety – Australia and Beyond.

Our distinguished speaker for this seminar will be Eric Howard, Director of Strategic Safety Advisor Services.

Eric will discuss about the Safe System approach to road safety, how it was developed, and how this approach is being adopted in Australia and elsewhere in the world.

This seminar will be held on 30th March at Room 101, Law Building, UNSW 4:30pm-5:30pm.

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Safety Science Seminar Series April 2009-

The NSW IRMRC, the School of Safety Sciences, and the School of Mathematics and Statistics are delighted to invite you to attend the 6th UNSW Safety Science Seminar entitled Methods for Graphing, Modeling & Forecasting Spatio-Temporal Land-Use Patterns in Sub-Districts with Application to Data from Southern Thailand.

Our distinguished speaker for this seminar will be Professor Don McNeil, Emeritus Professor, Department of Statistics, Macquarie University.  

Don McNeil became Professor Emeritus on retiring as Foundation Professor of Statistics at Macquarie University after 25 years of service. He is currently the research coordinator for the graduate program in Research Methodology at Prince of Songkla University in Thailand, where 24 PhD and 13 MSc students are currently enrolled. Don got his PhD in Statistics from the ANU and then served briefly at Johns Hopkins University and UWA before joining Princeton University as Associate Professor in Statistics and Research Statistician in the Office of Population Research from 1971-1976.  His academic interests have included biostatistics and epidemiology, statistical graphics, financial modelling, research methodology and web-database engineering, and current interests include land-use modelling and mortality forecasting. Before retiring Don McNeil was a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, a Member of the International Statistical Institute, and a Foundation Member of the Australasian Epidemiological Association.

This seminar will be held on 3th April at Room 130, The Australian School of Business , UNSW with reception starts at 4pm and followed by the seminar at 4:30pm.

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Copy of Presentation from Safety Science Seminar Series -

When a Lion Eats Your Pharmacist: Implications of Task-Shifting on Patient & Provider Safety in the Developing World by Dr Tina Brock (Jan 09)

The audio recording of the presentation is available on http://lectopia.elearning.unsw.edu.au/ilectures/ilectures.lasso?ut=1123


The Ride of Your Life: The Risks and Hazards of Ambulance Transport by Dr Nadine Levick (Dec 08)

Click here for the copy of the handouts.

The recorded presentation is also availabe on https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2008-12-01.1509.M.6807EDF501445F93100C75F0B992C9.vcr



Copies of presentations from the NSW IRMRC Seminar - A Place for Bicycles: Strategies for promoting safety are now available. Click here for full details.

PhD scholarship available at the Centre. Click here for more info.


Centre Reports :

Sport/Leisure Injuries in New South Wales: Trends in sport/leisure injury hospitalisations (2003-2005) and the Prevalence of Non-Hospitalised Injuries (2005) (September 2008)

Methodological Issues in Using Routinely Collected Electronic Population Mortality Data: Guidelines for Using the National Coroners Information System for fatal injury surveillance in NSW (July 2008)

Data Linkage of Hospital and Police Crash Datasets in NSW (July 2008)

Recognising Risks and Driving Safely brochure and checklist







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