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.
Research from UNSW School of Population Health shows that if policy-led initiatives to support older people’s mobility, such as better public transport and more footpaths, are implemented in silos without consideration of other initiatives, they will not work. Ultimately, a silo approach will prevent older people, and the wider community, from easily getting out and about and living healthier lives.