Australian Standard on Playground Equipment and Surfacing are open for public comment

Revisions to the Australian Standard on Playground Equipment and Surfacing are open for public comment via the Standards Australia website (http://www.standards.org.au). There is a link to Drafts for Public Comment in the right hand Quick Links panel. This takes you to the SAI website where you need to click on the link for Equipment for Entertainment. You will need an SAI login to provide comments. The public comment period closes Oct 16th.

 For up to date news and commentary on injury prevention issues, visit

Blogs.bmj.com/injury-prevention


EASY MOVES FOR ACTIVE AGEING training

Are your exercise classes meeting the needs of participants?

EASY MOVES FOR ACTIVE AGEING (EMAA®) training supports staff and volunteers involved with exercise groups for older adults.

EMAA® is a two day competency based training course of demonstrations, practical sessions and assessments presented by physiotherapists.  EMAA® leaders are trained to conduct safe exercise programs, with a focus on core exercises for flexibility, strength and balance.

The training includes a comprehensive Manual for ongoing reference.  All EMAA® leaders receive ongoing support from AAA and are offered opportunities for regular updates to reinforce and enhance the skills learnt in the initial training.

Dates:    Tues 8 & Wed 9 October 2013 (8.45am to 4.30pm)

Venue: New Hope Baptist Church, Blackburn North,   Catering is included.

 Please note that due to changes in HACC training funding, this course in October will be the only opportunity for EMAA® training in Victoria for at least 6 months – so don’t delay, register now.

For more information and online registration, please visit our website or call us on 08 8362 5599.

EMAA® UPDATE

For those who have already completed EMAA® training more than 2 years ago, we are also offering ONE DAY EMAA® UPDATE training  on Tues 8 October 2013 at the same venue.

 

Click here for more information and online registration.

 Shirley Armstrong,  Project Officer

admin@activeageingaustralia.com.au

 

 

 


Planning Injury Prevention in Australia meeting

Planning Injury Prevention in Australia will be held in Melbourne on Friday 13th September 2013.

In 2004, the Australian Government announced the 10 year The National Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Plan: 2004-2014 (NIPSPP).  NIPSPP was endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers on 28 July 2005 as part of a package of National Injury Prevention Plans that also included: the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Safety Promotion Strategy; and the National Falls Prevention for Older People Plan: 2004 Onwards. Responsibility for this latter plan was been led by the National Injury Prevention Working Group which ceased meeting in 2012.  Governance or leadership for the other two plans did not have identified responsibility.

As these  10 year documents expire in 2014,  it is important to develop inclusions for future national plan(s). The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) Injury Prevention Special Interest Group (IPSIG) is leading  a series of workshops around Australia with various stakeholders, to discuss such development.

The first of these workshops will be  held on Fri 13th September in Melbourne prior to the PHAA conference to be held on 16-18 September. Please see the attached information.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could provide comment on inclusions for this meeting, and forward this information to any relevant people or organisations to encourage effective participation and discussion.

Future workshops are being considered for Perth in November associated with the Australian Injury Prevention Network conference; and others to be held where there is opportunity and capacity in perhaps Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra in early 2014.  Suggestions regarding any of these are very welcome to Richard Franklin as a convenor of the PHAA IPSIG.

Attached is the flyer for event Injury-Prevention-Planning-Melbourne-Flyer-2013.


Petrol and fire never mix


Scalds prevention for young children


A New Certifying System for Safe Communities

Communities (Municipalities, cities, counties etc) can be certified as “Safe Communities” after application to WHO Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion. This is done according to the concept of “safe Communities” – a concept developed by The World Health Organisation.

See Leif Svanström’s post on WHO Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion for more information.


AGM 2012

The VSCN held its AGM on Friday 17 August 2012 and the following members were elected to the Executive Committee for 2012-13:

  • Chair Cdr Frank Stockton
  • Deputy Chair Mr David Hogan
  • Treasurer Mr Nello Marino
  • Secretary Ms Jan Shield
  • Committee member Ms Caroline Bell
  • Committee member Dr Lesley Day
  • Committee member Ms  Margaret Thomas
  • Committee member Ms Christine Withers
  • Victoria Police Safer Communities Unit (ex-officio) Insp Tony Langdon
  • Community Safety Month Coordinator (ex-officio) Mr Marc Florio
  • VSCN Secretariat (ex-officio) )Ms Barbara Minuzzo

Revised Rules of Association were adopted at ehe AGM on 17 August 2012

Rules of Association 2012.pdf


Young people, risk and resilience: The challenges of alcohol, drugs and violence conference

RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
07 March 2011 – 08 March 2011

Conference aim

Many young people are disproportionately involved in risk-taking, antisocial behaviours and other activities which compromise their safety and the safety of others. They are also highly at risk of experiencing reduced opportunities in life through the influence of such factors as low educational attainment, early school leaving, involvement with the law, low socioeconomic status, ethnicity and disability.

Program (PDF)

Papers

Presentations

This conference was organised by the Australian Institute of Criminology in association with the Victorian Safe Communities Network


Community Safety Month Working together for a safer community

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Safe Communities Day will be celebrated on 1 October 2009 as an international event to recognise the importance of promoting safety and preventing injuries in local communities. Safe Communities Day will mark the commencement of the

13th Community Safety Month (CSM) in Australia during October 2009.  CSM is a time when local communities can showcase their work to develop and implement local solutions for specific local community safety issues.  It also provides an opportunity for coalitions at all levels to reflect on their achievements and work on new approaches to achieving a safer, injury free future.

clip_image002_000_001The biggest event during Community Safety Month 2009 in Victoria is the Docklands Family Safety Day which attracted over 50,000 visitors.  Inspector Myles King of Victoria Police is pictured (right) demonstrating safe car travel to a young ‘driver’ at last year’s event.

This year, safety professionals from throughout Victoria will attend to showcase their services and resources.

Family Safety Day will be held at Docklands on Sunday 25 October 2009. Everyone is welcome!

Will your Safe Community have something to register and celebrate? www.communitysafetymonth.com.au

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The new Community Safety Month banner was launched last year at the Safe Roads conference with (L-R) Jan Shield, Lynne Galanti and Barbara Minuzzo in attendance.


Young people, crime and community safety : engagement and early intervention

RACV Club, Melbourne
25 February 2008 – 26 February 2008

Conference aim

Many young people are disproportionately involved in risk-taking, antisocial behaviours and other activities which compromise their safety and the safety of others. They are also highly at risk of experiencing reduced opportunities in life through the influence of such factors as low educational attainment, early school leaving, involvement with the law, low socioeconomic status, ethnicity and disability.

Papers

Presentations

This conference was organised by the Australian Institute of Criminology in association with the Victorian Safe Communities Network


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