The Australian Injury Prevention Network is a volunteer run, membership based association managed by an Executive Committee elected via the Network’s Annual General Meeting.

The current Executive Committee features the following industry leaders:

President: Associate Professor Kerrianne Watt, James Cook University
Acting President: Dr Alexia Lennon, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland
Past President: Professor Rebecca Ivers, George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney
Secretary: Deb Costello, WA Road Safety Commission
Treasurer: Dr Lara Harvey, Neurosciences Australia
General Committee Members: Professor Tim Driscol, University of Sydney
Associate Professor Kirsten Vallmuur, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland
Dr Erica Davison, WA Department of Health
Dr Bridie Scott-Parker, University of the Sunshine Coast
Dr Scott Talpey, Federation University Australia
Amy Peden, Royal Life Saving Society – Australia
Marilyn Johnson, Monash University
Susan Adams, Sydney Children’s Hospital
Aleksandra Natora, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
Barbara Brighton, Surf Lifesaving Australia
Professor Kathleen Clapham, Australian Health Services Research Institute
Student Representative: Sheree Bekker, Federation University Australia


The Network features a wide variety of members representing all facets of injury prevention and safety promotion including research, policy, practice and education.

Many members are internationally regarded as experts in their fields, and contribute extensively to the development and implementation of injury prevention research and policy throughout Australia and overseas.

Member Profiles:

Name: Erica Davison

Position: Principal Policy Officer – Injury Prevention

Organisation: WA Department of Health

Primary area of injury in which you work: All injury types

What are the main types of projects you work on: I develop policy direction for injury prevention on behalf of the Department of Health. This includes directing resources to non-government organisations who have expertise in injury prevention priority areas for WA. For example; the Department of Health procures falls prevention programs including Stay On Your Feet WA® through the Injury Control Council WA; toddler drowning programs including ‘Keep Watch’ and alcohol water safety programs ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ through the Royal Life Saving Society WA, child safety programs through Kidsafe WA and partnership and sector development programs also through the Injury Control Council WA. The injury prevention area I work in leads the strategic framework for injury prevention and liaises closely with all sectors of the injury field.

What excites you about working in the area of injury prevention: The variety of injury types that I work across, the people who are part of the injury prevention sector and the possibility of achieving real change to the injury burden.

When did you join the AIPN: 2011

Why did you join the AIPN: I wanted to connect nationally with injury prevention colleagues.

How has being a member of the AIPN benefited you either personally or professionally? It has been a fantastic way to hear about the latest national ideas, research and outcomes through member achievements.


Name: Caroline F Finch

Position: Robert HT Smith Professor and Personal Chair; NHMRC Principal Research Fellow; Director, ACRISP

Organisation: Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), Faculty of Health Sciences and Psychology, Federation University, Ballarat, Victoria

Primary area of injury in which you work: Sports injury epidemiology and prevention research

What are the main types of projects you work on: Injury surveillance, injury data coding and classification systems, analysis of epidemiological data, protective cohort studies of sports injuries, RCTs of prevention interventions, implementation (of programs) studies.

What excites you about working in the area of injury prevention: Its importance to everyone in our society; the ability to work on important issues and to be able to make a difference to them.

When did you join the AIPN: Right back at the beginning :-)

Why did you join the AIPN: To support injury prevention nationally, to network with new and existing colleagues, to be kept informed about what other work is being done in Australia, especially in injury prevention areas I do not directly work in.

How has being a member of the AIPN benefited you either personally or professionally: It has enabled me to remain connected to people from around the country and to directly hear about the excellent and important work they do; more recently it also helps promote my own team’s research to injury professionals from outside of the sports injury are who may not be aware of my work otherwise.


Twitter: @ACRISPFedUni and @CarolineFinch



Name: Anne Deans

Position: Chief Executive

Organisation: Youthsafe

Primary area of injury in which you work: Youth injury prevention, primarily in the areas of road safety, work safety, sport safety and safer celebrating.

What are the main types of projects you work on: Youthsafe an independent not-for profit organisation and is the lead agency in youth injury prevention. Experts in youth safety since 1983, our systematic, evidence-based approach uses research and consultation to come up with innovative approaches delivering professional development, educational activities, best practice guidance and other support services for educators, youth workers sports coaches and health professionals.

We assist employers and supervisors of young people with strategies for working effectively with young people to reduce their injury risks.

Youthsafe presenters visit schools and community groups, engaging young people in interactive sessions exploring risk, consequences of dangerous risk taking and making safer choices. These sessions are complemented by a range of workshops and resources for parents, educators and professionals.

What excites you about working in the area of injury prevention: We all want young people to live happy and fulfilled lives and working in injury prevention makes such an important contribution to this. The inspiring people who dedicate themselves to working in the field of youth health and safety also keep me and the Youthsafe team motivated.

When did you join the AIPN: 2005

Why did you join the AIPN: To share information with like-minded people; as a stimulus for new ideas, innovations and initiatives and to build networks in the field of injury prevention. Also collaborative effort in trying to get injury prevention on the radar of key decision makers is much more effective than a lone voice.

How has being a member of the AIPN benefited you either personally or professionally: A definite highlight was being involved in the organising committee for the AIPN conference in 2006 held in Sydney.


Twitter: @youthsafe