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A collaboration of leading injury researchers from Sydney, Australia, has been awarded a $2.35 million Capacity Building Grant in Population Health Research from the National Health Medical Research Council (of Australia) for Addressing injury in a population health framework—an integrated approach to prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation. This partnership involves both established researchers and new postdoctoral researchers at a number of research sites across both the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Sydney: NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre, UNSW, The George Institute, University of Sydney, The Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, UNSW; School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW and the Rehabilitation Studies Unit, University of Sydney. This partnership brings together a range of researchers from multiple disciplines to provide training in the skills suitable to respond to the growing challenges and complexity posed by injury prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation. A major strength is the integration of both clinical and biomedical researchers with public health researchers. The program of work addresses one of the Australian National Health Priority Areas: injury prevention and control and a number of its current nominated national priorities: injury prevention in indigenous communities; workforce development; the national injury prevention plan; as well as addressing other areas of national concern, such as falls, sports, and road safety issues. The program has been built around clearly defined injury domains and across five thematic areas. The domains comprise specific population subgroups (indigenous, young adults, and older persons), as well as “context of injury” settings (road traffic, falls, sport, and work). The five themes reflect the areas of greatest need for capacity building in population health research applied to injury prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation, and for the application and translation of such research:

  1. Integration and interrogation of data systems to underpin population health research in injury prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation.

  2. Understanding the nature of injury risk.

  3. Systematic development and evaluation of injury prevention interventions.

  4. Quality provision of trauma care systems and rehabilitation services.

  5. Translating injury research into policy and practice.

Further information can be obtained from Caroline Finch (NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre), c.finchunsw.edu.au, or Mark Stevenson (The George Institute), mstevensonthegeorgeinstitute.org.

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