Monash University Accident Research Centre

June 2020 we focused on MARC members from Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC).

The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) is Australia's largest and most respected accident and injury prevention research organisation.

MUARC is a multi-disciplinary organisation, undertaking research into accident and injury causes and prevention across all modes of transport, in the workplace, in the community and the home.

Their goal is simple but profound: to prevent injury, save lives, and build futures.



 

Prof Jennifer Oxley is a leading internationally renowned academic in injury prevention research, having made a significant contribution to the reduction of injuries and overall safe mobility of vulnerable populations. Her research interests are in the roles of health promotion, education and behaviour in injury prevention and trauma; investigating the role of human behaviour and performance in injury occurrence, and; focusing on the assessment and management of risk and a human factors approach to understanding the human-machine interface in safety systems. Jennie also has a keen research interest in promoting healthy lifestyles, assessment of performance, examining injury and health outcomes following crashes, as well as evaluations of educational, training, behavioural and technological interventions.

She is responsible for managing major projects in the areas of assessment of risk of learner and novice drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, elderly road users, child injury prevention, and unlicensed and offender drivers. Her studies address human factors and safety issues relevant to ITS technologies and development of innovative measures to improve safety, mobility and quality of life amongst these populations.

A/Prof Oxley currently collaborates with MARC members on the following projects:

IP GRIP Examination of the risk of suicide following injury outcomes

MARC Co-investigators: A/Prof Janneke Berceki-Gisolf (MUARC), Prof Kerry O'Brien (Sociology), Dr Sara Liu (MUARC)


 

Dr Janneke Berecki-Gisolf is an Associate Professor at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), and Director of the Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU). Janneke's research interests include injury surveillance, epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, injury outcomes and chronic disease.

A/Prof Berceki-Gisolf currently collaborates with MARC members on the following projects:

IP GRIP Examination of the risk of suicide following injury outcomes

MARC Co-investigators: Prof Kerry O'Brien (Sociology), Sara Liu (MUARC), Prof Jennifer Oxley (MUARC)


 

A/Prof Michael Fitzharris is an Associate Director of MUARC and leads the Regulation and In-depth Crash Investigations Team. Michael has undertaken research across entire crash-continuum (pre-crash, crash, post-crash). His research examines measures that prevent crashes, mitigate injury, and improve post-crash health outcomes. His PhD examined PTSD post-crash and the links between personality and coping style. Michael continues to have a strong interest in the nexus between mental health, risk-taking and road crashes. He currently leads the TAC funded Enhanced Crash Investigation Study (ECIS) which is focussed on understanding how serious injury crashes occur and how they can be prevented. In a 3-year program funded by the MUARC Baseline Research Program, Michael has recently completed a series of reports on drug-driving with his colleagues. He has sat on numerous expert groups, including for the World Health Organisation Global Status Report on Road Safety (2007/2009) and was involved in 'Make Roads Safe Decade of Action' activities in Africa having worked at the Monash South Africa campus (2008-2010). Michael has published many reports for government and industry, as well as in the international academic literature.


 

A/Prof Sharon Newnam is an organisational psychologist with the Monash University Accident Research Centre and has conducted theoretical and applied research in workplace road safety for the past 12 years.

Her research focuses on understanding the factors influencing safety performance in the workplace, from the individual characteristics of workers to the safety practices of management and beyond. Dr Newnam has made significant contributions at the industry and government levels. She has developed two world-first workplace road safety training programs designed to reduce injury and fatalities in the workplace. Sharon has published her work widely and is an Associate Editor on the widely known safety-related journal, Safety Science.

A/Prof Newnam currently collaborates with MARC members on the following projects:

TAC Project T034 - Ageing with lifelong accident injuries: Building a body of evidence

MARC Co-investigators: Dr Beck Ben (Critical Care Research)


 

Dr Jane Hayman is a Data Analyst at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). Dr Hayman has twenty years of experience in behavioural research, including extensive work on surveying Australian school students about their alcohol and other drug use, and pharmaceutical opioid-related emergency department presentations and hospitalisations.

Dr Hayman currently collaborates with MARC members on the following projects:

Understanding the rates and characteristics of Victorian emergency department attendances for commonly used pharmaceutical opioids

MARC Co-investigators: Prof Dan Lubman (Turning Point), A/Prof Suzanne Nielsen (MARC), Dr Tina Lam (MARC)


 

Dr Sara Liu is a Research Fellow at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). She has a background in Clinical Psychology that supports her main research area of interest, which surrounds mental health outcomes post-injury trauma. Her current research focuses mainly on psychological outcomes experienced by clients within a compensable injury setting. In addition, she also researches a range of road safety domains such as drink- and drug-driving.

Dr Liu currently collaborates with MARC members on the following projects:

IP GRIP Examination of the risk of suicide following injury outcomes

MARC Co-investigators: A/Prof Janneke Berceki-Gisolf (MUARC), Prof Kerry O'Brien (Sociology), Prof Jennifer Oxley (MUARC)


 

Dr Karen Stephan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Monash University Accident Research Centre. She has over 20 years of research experience and has qualifications and skills in a number of disciplines: psychology, human factors, public health, epidemiology and biostatistics. Karen has been involved in research across a range of areas in injury prevention, predominantly in road safety. She has extensive experience with conducting research using a variety of methods, from controlled experiments designed to understand behaviour (e.g. using the driving simulator), to on-road field trials of technology, to large-scale evaluations of treatments and policy changes using pre-existing datasets. She has a particular interest in how the design of the environment influences human behaviour and, consequently, safety. She is also interested in human perceptual abilities and the design of safe and efficient systems.