MUARC celebrates 30 years with a public event in October


The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) will celebrate its 30-year anniversary with a public event at the Melbourne Museum Theatre on 31 October.

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

Drawing on their expert knowledge and experience, the panel will provide insights into the concept of an injury free society and how it can be achieved.

MUARC Director Professor Judith Charlton, and Deputy Director Associate Professor Stuart Newstead will be joined by SARAH Group president Peter Frazer, 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.

Hosting the debate will be ABC Radio Melbourne morning presenter and host of The Conversation Hour, Jon Faine.  

Questions to be posed to the panel will include:

*    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?

The line-up of respected experts is testament to the relationships MUARC has forged with key organisations in the field of injury prevention.

The centre was founded in June 1987 as a partnership between Monash University and the Victorian Government, with endorsements from the TAC and Road Traffic Authority.

Its research has since made significant contributions to the advancement of home and community safety, workplace safety and transport safety.

High-profile safety initiatives that have resulted from MUARC research include campaigns such as ‘Arrive Alive’ and the ‘Booze and Drugs Bus’ programs, falls prevention interventions and improved agricultural equipment safety standards.

To highlight MUARC’s research impact an interactive timeline has been developed.

What: MUARC presents ‘Vision of an injury free society - are we ready?’

Proudly sponsored by the Transport Accident Commission

When: 31 October, 2017 – 5pm-7pm

Where: Melbourne Museum Theatre, Lower Ground Level, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton

RSVP: Friday 27 October, 2017

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