Key Contact: Prof Vivienne Tippett
Jamieson Trauma Institute recognises the inherent importance of improving the health of the population through the prevention of injuries, or reducing the severity of trauma.
The burden from injury related deaths, disability, quality of life and associated health care costs on individuals, families and the wider community is significant. Whether intentional or unintentional, most physical injuries can be prevented by identifying their causes and removing these, or reducing exposure to them.
Preventing injuries requires a coordinated, evidence-based approach that supports the effectiveness of policies, technologies, and environmental solutions.
JTI envisions the establishment of systems which connect across the fields of trauma, acute care, rehabilitation, long-term outcome, and prevention; underpinned by collaboration and partnership with a diverse range of stakeholders across Queensland.
As such, one of the key priorities of JTI is to reinvigorate the focus on injury prevention activities across the state. While there are a range of different activities being undertaken by different groups in the injury prevention space, there is no centralised coordination of activities, knowledge, contacts, and priorities. JTI sees this as an opportunity for collaboration across academia, government, clinical and community groups.
JTI is working to establish a Queensland Injury Prevention Knowledge Hub (QIP-KHub). The intention of QIP-KHub is provide a knowledge base for injury prevention in Queensland to facilitate the coordination, sharing and dissemination of knowledge and activities from key injury prevention organisations, committees and groups.