Expanding the focus of injury control: challenges and opportunities

Vingilis, Evelyn (1999) Expanding the focus of injury control: challenges and opportunities. In McClure, Roderick (Ed.) Third National Conference on Injury Prevention and Control, 9-12 May 1999, Brisbane, Queensland.



The prevention of impaired driving has been viewed to be the purview of the traffic law system. Although public health and medicine have made occasional forays into the field, the silos of activities have remained distinct. This single issue, single solution approach has had both positive and negative consequences. On the positive side, public education campaigns and other interventions were easy to develop and deliver because the focus was clear and the linkages were direct. On the negative side, once the media attention declined, public and governmental interested waned, positive traffic safety increments also waned. Alcohol, drugs and traffic safety is generally not the priority it was in the 1980s. In an era of diminished resources and shifting priorities many are still following the same 'dominant paradigm' of using the traffic law system to prevent and control impaired driving. The challenge is to seize upon opportunities and to piggyback on new priorities and concerns. This paper will focus on three areas where impaired driving and injury control could become an issue: medicine/health care, environment and globalisation. Each has entry points, both for research and for effective injury control, and affords opportunities for further integration with current public and private sector priority issues.

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ID Code: 10053
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Author affiliation:
Dr Evelyn Vingilis, Director, University of Western Ontario, Population & Community Health Unit, Faculty of Medicine, London, Ontario, Canada.
QUT/ CARRS-Q Visiting Fellow October - December 2002
ISBN: 1864993782
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > STATISTICS (010400)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Evelyn Vingilis
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2011 04:29

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