School and Community Injury Prevention

Children crossing a road with a crossing attendantProjects in this theme relate to both road safety and more generic injury prevention issues.

They may focus on a range of topics from exploring particular behaviours that may reduce safety, to targeted school and media interventions.

Research covers the broad range of methodologies from basic laboratory based studies to the implementation and evaluation of programs.


Theme leader: Senior Research Fellow Ioni Lewis Linked to another web site


Recent projects (in order of commencement date):

The development of an evaluation framework for the Queensland Road Safety Strategy 2015-2021 (2016)

Provision of data analysis for quantitative evaluation of Fit2Drive (2016)

Research services to evaluate the P.A.R.T.Y. Program (2016)

Understanding serious quad bike-related injuries in Queensland and Northern Territory: Comparing circumstances, patterns, severity, costs and outcomes (2016 - in progress)

Caffeine and rear-end crashes in urban driving: Developing a new test paradigm (2015 - in progress)

An exploration of the possible contribution of prescribed drugs to road deaths in rural and remote Queensland: a coroner's report study (2015 - in progress)

Gold Coast Youth Road Safety - Preliminary investigation (2015)

How effective is the ACT Road Ready pre-licence driver education program at changing novice driver risk related attitudes and reducing the offence and crash involvement of novice drivers in the ACT? (2015 - 2016)

Developing and evaluating a theoretically grounded novice driver education program incorporating simulators (2014 - in progress)

Effects of sleep loss on change detection while driving (2014 - 2016)

Quad bike-related injuries: Patterns, contributory factors, attitudes and opportunities for intervention. Project one: Analysis of injury data (2014 - 2015)

Quality of trauma data for understanding serious bicycle-related injuries in Brisbane and Darwin (2014 - in progress)

Sleepiness and other driving risks in young adults (2014 - in progress)

Understanding sleepy drivers: Towards development of a targeted intervention (2014 - 2016)

Development of best-practice guidelines for Learner Driver Mentor Programs (2013 - 2014)

Evaluating and developing the evidence-based and data mining approaches to strengthen the consumer product safety system in Australia (2013 - in progress)

An in-depth examination of crashes involving young drivers (2013 - 2014)

Novice driver safety in Oman (2013 - 2016)

Research services to investigate the effectiveness of on and off-road driver training and simulators for young drivers (2013)

Review of the ACT Road Ready and Road Ready Plus Pre-licence and Novice Driver Road Safety Education programs (2013 - 2014)

Development of a drink driving program for regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (2012 - 2013)

Treating Insomnia co-morbid with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: a randomised controlled clinical effectiveness trial (2012 - 2015)

Understanding alcohol and drug related injury among young people in Queensland (2012 - 2013)

Protecting young people from harm and injury: Investigating the utility of a risk and protective framework (2011 - 2016)

Evaluation of the Queensland Early Intervention Pilot Project (QEIPP) (2010 - 2013)

Understanding the driving practice of older Australian drivers (2010 - 2013)

Community understanding and management of the impact of prescribed drugs on driving and machine operation (2008 - 2014)



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