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Parliamentary committees turn road safety research and ideas into practice: Examples from Australia

Bates, Lyndel J. & Hansen, Robert (2008) Parliamentary committees turn road safety research and ideas into practice: Examples from Australia. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 46(4), pp. 123-127.

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Abstract

Introduction: Researchers frequently complete outstanding work in the road safety area that, if put into practice, could reduce the deaths and injuries resulting from road crashes. Parliamentary committees working for Westminster style parliaments can provide these researchers with opportunities to help transfer their research directly into practice. Method: This paper fills a gap in our understanding of the role of parliamentary committees in the road safety policy development process by reviewing existing literature. It firstly considers the work that Australian road safety committees have completed to date and then identifies corresponding improvements in practices. The contribution that researchers can make to this process is also reviewed. Results: Parliamentary committees have made important contributions to the development of road safety policy and legislation within Australia. This review found that researchers have an important role to play in the development of this policy and legislation. Conclusions: Researchers should actively participate in the work of parliamentary road safety committees by providing road safety suggestions based on empirical evidence and consideration of the local road safety issues within that jurisdiction.

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ID Code: 16867
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: road safety, public health, parliamentary committees, research into practice, road safety policy
ISSN: 1463-5240
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900) > Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified (189999)
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
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Institute of Health Promotion and Education
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2008 08:49
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 00:30

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