Injuries, violence (including domestic violence) and trauma represent a major, yet preventable form of mortality, morbidity and health system burden in Australia and globally. Our research and advocacy aims to identify vulnerable population groups, their risk factors and develop interventions in partnership with governments, organisations and the community. We partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities spanning rural areas, urban environments and countries in the region. Additionally, co-design of interventions with those impacted by violence is an important feature of intervention development.
Our expertise and networks span all areas of injury, violence, domestic violence and trauma. Our team brings together expertise from diverse backgrounds and skill sets including epidemiology, data-linkage, text mining, disaster preparedness, policy, advocacy, implementation science and co-design. We work with partners and communities to develop systems-level, culturally safe interventions and reduce inequity.
Comprising world-leading researchers and advocates, we deliver research excellence with real-world impact across all facets of injury, violence and trauma. This includes science communication expertise and active partnerships within and outside of academia to implement effective interventions. We work with government, industry and other stakeholders to translate our research into tangible policy outcomes, education and training solutions, leadership in high profile forums, and practical tools to assist decision and policymakers.
We pride ourselves on the nexus of our teaching and research. We do this in partnership with communities, centres and institutes, health services and people with lived experience and expertise.
Our research and impact promotes equity, strengthens health systems and improves access to high quality care for all people in Australia and worldwide.
Our Health 25 Strategy aims to improve the quality of life for all by tackling the complex and important health challenges of our times.
The lifelong impacts of domestic, family and sexual violence call for responses that extend beyond crisis intervention to also address the longer-term impacts of trauma.
Children under five are the age group most at risk of drowning, with an average of 23 deaths and 183 hospitalisations per year in Australia. Although parents are encouraged to supervise young children in and around water, a lapse in supervision is almost always a cause of drowning.