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  1. Correspondence to Dr Barry Pless, Retired, 434 Lansdowne, Westmount, Quebec H3Y2V2, Canada; barry.pless{at}

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Pam Albany, 1951–2011

As did many others in the injury prevention community, I got to know Pam through her involvement in the Third World Conference in 1996. I continued to follow and admire her work, especially on behalf of indigenous communities. Pam greatly contributed to injury prevention in Australia. Some of her early successes involved bicycle helmet legislation and swimming pool fencing. She helped bring Safe Communities to Australia and worked for the National Injury Surveillance Unit while preparing Australia to host the World Conference. Pam also contributed substantially to the Second International Conference in Atlanta. She worked on the WHO-UNICEF World Report on Child Injury Prevention and helped establish the Australian Injury Prevention Network. Pam encouraged, nurtured and mentored younger colleagues. She will be greatly missed.

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