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Professor John Langley, Director of the University of Otago’s Injury Prevention Research Unit was honoured with an International Distinguished Career Award at the 7th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion last month. The APHA/Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) International Distinguished Career Award is presented for outstanding dedication and leadership in injury control internationally with contributions and achievements that have a significant and long term impact on the field. John Langley essentially founded the study of injury prevention and control in his home country of New Zealand and has directed the Injury Prevention Research Unit at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, since 1990. John has worked tirelessly to utilize New Zealand national mortality and hospital discharge databases for the purpose of documenting the extent of the injury problem in New Zealand and has also been instrumental in international efforts to develop standardized injury indicators and to compare injury data across different countries through ongoing involvement in International Collaborative Effort (ICE) on Injury Statistics. He has constantly been involved in injury prevention action in New Zealand, particularly regarding public health policy related issues relevant to reducing transportation related injuries, violence related injuries, childhood injuries, and occupational injuries in the New Zealand. John has simply had a global impact on international efforts to reduce injuries—through publications, collaborative research, intellectual challenges to his peers, and community involvement.


The number of older people is increasing and their proportion in the population is also rising. Most older car drivers reduce driving as they age, and many ultimately give up and become dependent on other forms of transport. The ability to travel is important for the quality of older people’s lives. With fewer journeys as car drivers, and up to 75 years, more as pedestrians, people over 70 in Britain …

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