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Growing the next generation of researchers in injury prevention
  1. Lauren V Fortington1,
  2. Amy Jo Vassallo2,
  3. Rebecca Q Ivers3
  1. 1 Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  3. 3 School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lauren V Fortington, Federation University Australia, Ballarat, VIC 3350, Australia; drlaurenfortington{at}gmail.com

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A review of the material published in Injury Prevention highlights the interdisciplinary nature of our field. From identifying the number and nature of injuries in different settings to implementing and evaluating the injury control measures we develop, a range of expertise, experiences and approaches are required.1 It is clear that research alone does not prevent injury.2 As a field, injury prevention has long embraced the need to ensure research findings are relevant to practice and society.3 This is never more evident than at the biannual Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) conference, where the mix and interaction of research, policy and practice papers, across different disciplines, is showcased and celebrated.

Although injury prevention is interdisciplinary and global in scope, one notable challenge is that the size of the workforce is relatively small—certainly smaller than the injury problem we are working to address. Planning and effort to build a workforce capable of addressing growing global demands for injury and violence prevention is needed,4 one that can adapt to changing demands and priorities and collaborate to achieve collective goals, without unnecessary duplication or resource …

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