#GeorgeTalks on Safety this summer: Staying injury free


The George Institute for Global Health invites you to a #GeorgeTalks webinar on "Safety this summer: Staying injury free” on Wednesday 8 December 2021 at 1pm (AEDT).

Join us as we seek to raise awareness of the risks and ways to minimise injury this summer – whether it be in the water or on our roads - and take care of our health and wellbeing.

The panel of experts from the fields of mental health, water and road safety, will be moderated by Associate Professor Julie Brown, Program Head of the Injury Division at The George Institute.


  • Justin Scarr

    Justin Scarr is the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Life Saving Society in Australia, Chair of the Australian Water Safety Council, and past convenor of the ILS World Conference on Drowning Prevention. Justin is a leading advocate in the development of drowning prevention across the Asia-Pacific for over 15 years. He has been the technical advisor to Drowning Prevention Initiatives in Bangladesh, Thailand and Vietnam. Justin advocates a focus on the global issues of drowning prevention, and has contributed to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Report on Drowning, Implementation guide and Guideline development processes. Justin is also PhD scholar at The George Institute for Global Health’s Injury Prevention Division where he is investigating policy, planning and multisectoral action in the context of global drowning prevention. 

  • Samantha Cockfield

    Samantha Cockfield is the Head of Road Safety at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in Victoria, responsible for the development and delivery of the TAC’s road safety strategy which spans road infrastructure, vehicle safety initiatives and a range of programs designed to improve road user behaviours. Samantha started with the TAC as a graduate economist in 1990, working through the claims areas before gaining a role in the newly formed road safety team in 1992. Her first role was developing the TAC’s first accident blackspot program. Since that time, she has led the development and delivery of numerous behavioural programs including many of the TAC’s iconic public education campaigns. The Accident Black Spot Program was transformed by Samantha into the current Safe System Road Infrastructure Program. This ten-year project dedicated to systematically improving the safety of road infrastructure across Victoria, is one of the largest programs of its kind in the world.

  • Debbie Scott

    Associate Professor Scott is the Strategic Lead of the National Addiction and Mental Health Surveillance Unit (NAMHSU) at Turning Point, Monash University, and the Chair of the Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) Subcommittee on Alcohol and Other Drugs in Injury. She is a multidisciplinary researcher with work experience across academia, non-government organisations, government and international organisations like WHO, UNICEF and International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). Debbie applies her background in nursing, public health, and injury surveillance to understanding the intersection between intentional and unintentional injury and alcohol and other drug harms.