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Dr Lesley Day is a Senior Research Fellow at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1991 with a PhD in immunology and cell biology. Subsequently, the transition to public health research was achieved with a training fellowship during which Lesley gained public health training, specialising in injury research and prevention with an MPH from Johns Hopkins University in 1992.
Since then, she has published on childhood poisoning, injury among adults, and evaluation of community based and regional injury prevention programs. She has a special interest in falls prevention among older people, having completed a major randomised trial of falls prevention among community dwelling adults which tested three interventions in a full factorial design. In 1994, she was one of the first injury researchers in Australia to be awarded a Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council which facilitated the development of the Rural Injury Research and Prevention Program at MUARC. Specific areas of research within this program have included farm injury surveillance, epidemiology of fatal work related farm injury, evaluation of farm safety programs, and farm machinery injury research. Current projects focus on the development of a safety rating system for tractors, the evaluation of safe access platforms for tractors, and statewide monitoring of farm injury prevention initiatives. In 2002, she will commence a four year case-control study of risk factors for serious farm work related injury among males.
Lesley has been an invited contributor to both state and national injury prevention strategies, and frequently provides policy advice to state government. She teaches injury epidemiology at Monash and Melbourne Universities, coordinates the MUARC postgraduate program and convenes the MUARC journal club and seminar series. She has published in both the peer reviewed literature and in technical reports disseminated widely to government and non-government audiences. She is an original member of Farmsafe Victoria and the Victorian Farmsafe Alliance, an organisation devoted to reducing farm injury in the state of Victoria.
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