Safe school travel is no accident! Applying the Haddon Matrix to school transport safety

Edmonston, Colin J. & Sheehan, Mary C. (2001) Safe school travel is no accident! Applying the Haddon Matrix to school transport safety. In 2001 Road Safety Research, Education and Policing Conference, 18-20 November 2001, Melbourne, Victoria.

PDF (64kB)


Given the high value placed on a child’s life, safe school travel remains a priority issue for the Australian public and Government. Research objectives. This paper specifically documents the six-month work plan and multifaceted inquiry process adopted by the School Transport Safety Task Force in an attempt to review and provide recommendations to improve school transport safety in Queensland. Methods and data sources. Based on a review of current policy, practice and research in relation to school transport safety (stage 1) and extensive consultation with community groups (stage 2) and road safety professionals (stage 3), the Task Force acknowledged the need to confront risk-management and examine school transport safety in a systematic fashion. Results and discussion. In response, a research tool conceptualising the diverse range of school transport safety issues and strategies in an expanded Haddon Matrix framework was developed. The systematic structure of the 'School Transport Safety Matrix', in particular the 'socioeconomic environment' component, ensures the problem is examined in context and that feasibility and logistical concerns expressed by professionals in the field (eg. QT and QPS policy and legislative limitations, organisational culture of the bus industry, resource allocation decision-making processes, other facilitators and barriers to change) are given due consideration when prioritising recommendations.

Impact and interest:

Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

437 since deposited on 13 Sep 2007
12 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 9399
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional URLs:
Keywords: Haddon Matrix, school transport safety, community consultation, risk, management
Subjects: 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 > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Colin J. Edmonston and Mary C. Sheehan
Deposited On: 13 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:45

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page