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TM5573 - Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

[Not offered in 2023]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject introduces students to the area of Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion and explores theories and approaches which are be used to prevent or reduce the morbidity and mortally associated with injuries. It provides the student with knowledge and skills to be able to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate their own injury prevention interventions. It explores the breadth of injury prevention activities, risk factors and strategies used to understand and prevent injuries. Students will be provided with a range of insights in injury specific areas from drowning to violence; from safe communities to farm safety; from sport safety to child safety. This subject will be of particular value to those working at a community level, within a government agency, for a charity or wanting to know more about how injuries can be prevented. Specific areas which will be covered include: magnitude and burden of the injury problem; contemporary theories of injury prevention; history of injury prevention in Australia and current organisations; epidemiological approaches to injury prevention (coding, classification, and outcomes); standards, laws and legislation; behavioural approaches to injury prevention; developing, implementing and evaluating an injury prevention program; injury prevention and the media; exploration of specific injury topics including, child safety, sport safety, traffic safety, pedestrian safety, drowning, bicycle safety, violence, suicide and self harm, workplace safety, farm safety, rural safety, alcohol and drugs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Safety, falls, burns and scalds, and animal safety.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of injury prevention and safety promotion theories, methods and approaches;
  • Knowledge of specialised injury prevention areas;
  • Knowledge of injury prevention epidemiology;
  • Ability to implement an injury prevention intervention and evaluate its success;
  • Ability to communicate with a range of audiences particularly, policy makers, the public and the media.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.