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ARSC2016 takes road trauma issue to Canberra

Over 600 road safety experts and community advocates will take the important issue of road trauma and safety to Australia’s capital, Canberra, in September.

The delegation will join for the largest road safety conference in the Southern Hemisphere, the Australasian Road Safety Conference (ARSC), co-hosted by The George Institute for Global Health. It will be held from 6 to 8 September 2016 at the National Convention Centre.

With the theme "Agility, Innovation, IMPACT", ARSC2016 will showcase the regions' outstanding researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and industry spanning the plethora of road safety issues identified in the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety: road safety management, infrastructure, safe vehicles, user behaviour, and post-crash care. 

Conference co-chair and Director of The George Institute’s Injury Division, Professor Rebecca Ivers, said: “This conference is a critical opportunity to bring an important issue to light. In Australia 1,100 people die on our roads each year and more than 30,000 are seriously injured. Worldwide there are over 1.2 million road deaths each year.

“ARSC2016 will have a special focus on how we can harness the latest research, technology and policy innovations to reduce road trauma as much as possible,” Prof Ivers said.

Delegates will include researchers, educators, policing and enforcement agencies, practitioners, policymakers, industry representatives, and students from a number of fields. The three-day program will showcase national and international keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations, workshops and symposia and feature the latest research, education and policing programs, policies and management strategies, and technological developments. 

Lauchlan McIntosh, President of the Australasian College of Road Safety, said there is increasing community interest and call for getting Australia's road safety performance level back into the top ten in the world during the UN Decade for Action for Road Safety 2010-2020. 

“Over the last 40 years some 100,000 Australians are alive and perhaps 1,000,000 have not been seriously injured as a result of reforms led by research, program and technology.

“But we can still do more, and ARSC2016 will be instrumental in this goal, bringing together policy-makers, researchers, enforcement agencies, educators and industry with a united focus to save lives,” Mr McIntosh said.

ARSC2016 is co-hosted by the Australasian College of Road Safety, Austroads, and the George Institute for Global Health.

Find out more about ARSC2016. The conference organisers are also offering scholarships to participants from regional Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) to take part in ARSC2016, and those eligible for the scholarship can submit late abstracts.