Road safety leaders set for five-day program in Melbourne next week


The future of road safety will be discussed in Melbourne next week with industry representatives set to gather for the Road Safety Management Leadership Program.

Presented by the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) since 2012, the program will be attended by leaders from road, transport, police, local government and health agencies. It will be facilitated by MUARC’s Global Road Safety Advisor, Mr. Eric Howard.

The five-day event, to be held at the Monash Conference Centre from 20-24 November 2017, is designed to assist in the development of road safety strategies and to nurture the next generation of road safety managers.

Professor Judith Charlton, MUARC Director, said the program attracted a diverse cross-section of road safety stakeholders.

"It is the mix of people from different positions and different agencies that has made the group discussions immensely valuable," she said.

The agenda is presented by an internationally-renowned teaching team and is designed to address the challenges and dimensions of road safety leadership and the science that underpins it in high, low and middle income countries.

A series of presentations, interactive case studies, group work and panel discussions are scheduled, covering significant issues in road safety management.

Mr Siphamamdla Gumbi, a senior road safety manager at South Africa’ Road Accident Fund (RAF), has previously participated in the program and vouched for its value to leaders.

"It was a real eye opener, it shows us new possibilities and a new approach to road safety," Mr Gumbi said.

Key items on the November event’s agenda include the debunking of road safety myths by Dr Ian Johnston, a police perspective from Acting Superintendent Stuart McGregor and a presentation on embedding road safety leadership within agencies by Mr. Howard and Executive Director of the Centre for Road Safety in Transport for NSW, Mr Bernard Carlon.

Ms. Nomini Rapoo, Chairman of South Africa’s Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA), previously participated in the program and stated, “The program was brilliant, it challenges your beliefs and makes you think differently about road safety."

Mr Marios Stavrou, Director of the NGO Reaction, has also spoken highly of the program after travelling from Cyprus to attend.

“I have gained a lot of knowledge on how to manage specific challenges, individual challenges as well as the big challenges of Cyprus," Mr Stavrou said.

Senior Sergeant Narelle Woods, head of breath and drug operations for the WA police, said, “This (program) has been very valuable for me. I don't have a strong traffic enforcement background in policing, it has given me the bigger picture of where my business unit fits within the broader road safety national strategy."

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