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MUARC has gained a worldwide reputation for excellence in injury prevention. This mark of respect has been hard won through nearly three decades at the forefront of research across the full spectrum of the field.

It is a mark of excellence graduates of our PhD program carry with them into the world.

Because the quality of our researchers and supervisors is well known, so to is the calibre of our graduates.

Our PhD candidates are highly sought after and have moved in to successful careers. Our candidates contribute to the reduction in road fatalities, play a role in workplace safety and improve home and recreational safety.

MUARC Alumni

Dr. Eve Mitsopoulos-Rubens


Dr Eve Mitsopoulos-Rubens achieved her PhD at MUARC.

'My degree gave me the opportunity to go back to basics and to develop a good understanding of the theories and methods that form the foundation for many of the projects that I am asked to work on in my current role,"'she said.

'My PhD also helped me to develop my problem solving, analytical and organisational skills - all of which are critical in the applied research setting.'

Eve said the application of research to real life situations was the best part about completing her research degree at MIRI.

'For me, the best thing was to be in a research environment where you get to see and hear directly about good research being translated into practice.'


Dr. Gemma Read

Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Gemma has always been interested in how better understanding human behaviour can improve the design of transport systems to reduce serious injury and death.

She has worked in the human factors field for 6 years after studying behavioural science and law at an undergraduate level.

While working she completed a postgraduate diploma in psychology at Monash with the research component supervised by Associate Professor Michael Lenné.

Her PhD studies were sponsored by a scholarship awarded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) under the Linkage Project scheme.

"Completing my PhD allow(s) me to be innovative and explore a new ways of looking at problems"

'I have always found human factors interesting and was drawn to it both in my professional and academic career. The topic of rail level crossing safety is an important one and I hope that the links with industry encouraged through the linkage grant scheme assist the translation of my research into real world changes.'


Dr. Hafez Alavi

Senior Transport Safety Planner at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC)

Hafez believes that safety is a human right and has worked diligently throughout his career to defend that right. He completed a civil engineering degree followed by post graduate qualifications in transport engineering and became determined to develop strategies that improve pedestrian safety.

'I .... enjoyed my PhD years at MUARC immeasurably. I feel at the forefront of research on road safety and injury prevention, and ...had the chance to work with the brightest and most supportive researchers in the field in an environment full of friendship and learning.'

'My goal is to help achieve zero road deaths and serious injuries. My PhD is the tool that will equip me with the knowledge and skills to achieve this goal."

3MT 2012 Finalist


Dr. Trang Vu

Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Research in Employment and Work. Monash University

Fall prevention in community-living older people affected by co-morbidity: a targeted approach.

Trang achieved her PhD through examining the effects of comorbidity on hospital resource use by community dwelling older people hospitalised for fall-related injuries. Comorbidity is the presence of one or more clinical entities in addition to the primary condition. Trang's research            quantifies the excess economic burden community dwelling older people incurred beyond treatment of fall related injuries. Her work demonstrates the potential value of a targeted risk reduction approach focussing on older people with comorbidity.

'For me, the PhD program was a professional and personal learning journey.'