Injury epidemiology

Proposed topic area: Catastrophic injury surveillance in Australian sport

This project is associated with the Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention, which is one of only nine worldwide to be recognised by the International Olympic Committee as a Centre of Research Excellence into Injury Prevention and the Promotion of Health in Athletes. While deaths are considered to be rare in sport, information and specific fatality rates for different sports and settings in Australia are limited because of a lack of robust data. Understanding the people/sports that are most at risk and the leading causes of deaths in sporting environments is a crucial first step toward implementing appropriate emergency management plans for the prevention of fatalities. The aim of this project is to develop and trial a minimum data set for a standardised, national approach to data collection for fatal incident reporting in Australian sport.

Supervision: Dr Lauren Fortington (Principal), Prof Caroline Finch (Associate)

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