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  1. Correspondence to Dr Mike Hayes, Child Accident Prevention Trust, Canterbury Court (1.09), 1-3 Brixton Road, London SW9 6DE, UK; mhayes{at}

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Professor Leif Svanstrom, a leading light in the Safe Communities movement, has announced that he will be stepping aside in 2011. He is also retiring from the international organising committee of the world injury prevention and control conferences, the latest of which was held in London. Since 1980 he has been Professor of Social Medicine at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, and Head of the Division of Social Medicine. He is also a Guest Professor at Shandung University in China and Ajou University in Korea. In 1974, he introduced the community approach to safety promotion—the ‘Falköping Model’—which has heavily influenced Swedish and international community safety work.

Safety 2012 conference

At the closing ceremony of the Safety 2010 conference in London in September, it was announced that the 11th conference in the series will take place in Wellington, New Zealand, in October 2012. Safety 2012 is being organised by New Zealand's Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand (SCFNZ), and the University of Otago's Injury Prevention Research Unit (IPRU). Numerous partners and colleagues in New Zealand, Australia, and internationally will also contribute to the planning and success of the conference. The key theme of Safety 2012 is ‘Connecting pathways for a vibrant and safer future’. This theme reflects the intellectual and philosophic approach towards injury prevention of the host country, New Zealand's injury prevention sector. It is also consistent with the aspirations of the WHO Western-Pacific Region Framework for Action on Injury and Violence Prevention 2008–2013. For further information and to register your interest in the conference, visit

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