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MUARC Commemorates 30 Year Anniversary with a Public Event

Monash University Accident Research Centre celebrated its 30-year anniversary on Tuesday 31 October 2017 with a public event at the Melbourne Museum Theatre.

A panel of notable guests discussed the question posed by the title of the event, "Vision of an injury free society - are we ready?"

The panel featured MUARC Deputy Director, Associate Professor Stuart Newstead, VicRoads chief John Merritt, En Masse principal and Kidsafe Victoria president Erica Edmands, Transport Accident Commission (TAC) chief Joe Calafiore, the Department of Justice and Regulation’s Police and Crime Prevention deputy secretary Kate Houghton and Victoria Police assistant commissioner Doug Fryer.

MUARC 30 Year Anniversary panel

L-R: VicRoads chief John Merritt, En Masse principal and Kidsafe Victoria president Erica Edmands, TAC chief Joe Calafiore, Victoria Police assistant commissioner Doug Fryer, Victoria Police assistant commissioner Doug Fryer, Department of Justice and Regulation’s Police and Crime Prevention deputy secretary Kate Houghton, MUARC Deputy Director Associate Professor Stuart Newstead

MUARC Director, Professor Judith Charlton and Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost (Research), Professor Pauline Nestor, opened the event.

Jude Charlton

MUARC Director, Professor Judith Charlton

The line-up was testament to the relationships MUARC has forged with key organisations in the field of injury prevention throughout its 30-year history.

ABC Radio Melbourne morning presenter and host of The Conversation Hour, Jon Faine, drew praise for his performance as Master of Ceremonies.

Jon Faine

Host of the event, ABC Melbourne's Jon Faine

Questions posed to the expert panel included:

  • Is Vision Zero achievable?
  • Can the concept of Vision Zero transfer from a road safety context to other areas such as the workplace and community safety?
  • How do we achieve this target?
  • Is technology going to be the saviour?
  • Where will the leadership come from?
  • Who will pay?
  • What are the barriers?
  • How do we bring the community along?

Back Row (L-R): VicRoads chief John Merritt, ABC Melbourne's Jon Faine, Victoria Police assistant commissioner Doug Fryer, the Department of Justice and Regulation’s Police and Crime Prevention deputy secretary Kate Houghton and MUARC Director Professor Judith Charlton

Front Row (L-R): Safer Australian Roads and Highways (The Sarah Group.Org) president Peter Frazer, En Masse principal and Kidsafe Victoria president Erica Edmands, Transport Accident Commission (TAC) chief Joe Calafiore and MUARC Deputy Director Associate Professor Stuart Newstead

An emotional part the event was Peter Frazer, SARAH Group President, talking one-on-one with host Jon Faine.

In February 2012, Peter’s daughter Sarah was killed in a completely avoidable road crash. As a result of this tragedy he and his family decided they would contribute to improving road safety outcomes through their policy, community education and engagement work, and Safer Australian Roads and Highways Inc was established with Peter as its President.

Peter Frazer

SARAH Group President Peter Frazer interviewed by Jon Faine

“Being interviewed by ABC's Jon Faine and there with a panel of road safety experts, surrounded by road safety academics and leaders, was an incredible privilege,” Mr Frazer said after the event.

“Thank you to Professor Judith Charlton and your team for putting together a great event. And a special thank you to your MC, Mr Jon Faine for your insightful questions.”

Peter Fraser & Jon Faine

Peter Frazer and Jon Faine in conversation