WHO Collaborating Centre for Violence and Injury Prevention

The significance of the injury problem worldwide, and specifically in developing countries, is staggering. There are an estimated 5.2 million injury deaths worldwide every year - in other words, over 14,000 people die of injury every day. The Western Pacific and South East Asian regions have the highest number of injury deaths worldwide, accounting for more than half of all injury deaths (almost 2.7 million) annually.

Since 2005, we have been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Violence and Injury Prevention. The designation is for the Western Pacific Region, encompassing 27 countries. We also work closely with the South-East Asia Region of WHO and WHO globally.

Our experts have assisted the development and monitoring of regional injury prevention, including data systems, research, training, information exchange and policy and planning developments.

We have also helped the WHO regional Office for the Western Pacific to develop, implement and evaluate a regional injury prevention strategy.

Carlyn Muir - Collaborating Centre Co-ordinator

Carlyn MuirCarlyn is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University Accident Research Centre. With qualifications in psychology and public health, she has a particular interest in safety governance and culture across a diverse range of injury prevention topics. She has experience in research, policy and evaluation in road safety and occupational safety, both nationally and internationally. Carlyn has managed a number of large scale safety projects, with a focus on the prevention and management of injury among high risk groups (for example, emergency services and work-related drivers). This involves the application of psychological and health theory to understand and influence behaviour within complex systems. A strong focus of this research is to develop policy recommendations that are evidence-based, practical and achievable. Carlyn also co-ordinates MUARC’s activities as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence and Injury Prevention, which focuses on research, advocacy and capacity building in the Western Pacific Region.

Dr Sara Liu - Collaborating Centre intern

Sara Liu Dr Sara Liu is a Research Fellow at the Monash University Accident Research Centre, and also a registered Clinical Psychologist. In 2018, she was appointed the MUARC WHO Violence and Injury Prevention Collaborating Centre intern. Sara’s research expertise extends across road safety to injury outcomes. More specifically, her interest areas include trauma, the management of substance abuse and other interpersonal-related issues. Over her time at MUARC, Sara has worked on a number of road safety projects, including the safety and wellbeing of pedestrians who are blind or have low vision, alcohol interlock expansion, illicit drugs and driving, and the TAC funded Enhanced Crash Investigation Study (ECIS). Further, Sara has also led other TAC projects to examine ways of identifying clients at risk of poor outcomes following road injury and options to provide aligned support services to enhance their recovery process. As part of her MUARC WHO internship role, Sara aims to explore opportunities for research, advocacy and capacity building in violence and injury prevention within the Western Pacific Region.