What events would you like VSCN to host?

VSCN is putting together its calendar of events for the next six months and we’d like your input into the kinds of events you’d like to attend. Are webinars your thing or would you rather a networking session over lunch?

Are international experts who you’d like to hear or would you rather be kept abreast on what’s happening locally?

Call for abstracts – Safety World Conference 2016

Abstracts are now being called for presentations at the 2016 World Safety Conference, which will be held in Tampere, Finland, from 18 – 21 September 2016.

The 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion – Safety 2016 – will be held from 18-21 September 2016 in Tampere, Finland.

Hosted by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and co-sponsored by WHO, Safety 2016 addresses a broad range of violence and injury prevention topics, including emerging issues in the field.

Older driver program Years Ahead

The RACV has encouraged organisations such as local government who are working with older drivers to make use of their Years Ahead program, which is offered free of charge to groups of seniors across the state.

Melinda Spiteri, Manager of Road User Behaviour at RACV, says the Years Ahead program has been helping older drivers reduce their risks on the roads since 1997.

The challenge of behaviour change

Eat less processed food, exercise more, don’t smoke. The messages are clear and simple but achieving behaviour change is not.

How do you get your message out in a way that is engaging and appropriate to your target audience? These are the sort of issues that we will cover on Thursday, October 1 at the Smarter Ways to Promote Safety with Social Media workshop.

Feedback sought on child restraint website

The Transportation of Children with Additional Needs (TOCAN) partnership is seeking feedback on a new website offering support for occupational therapists and parents of children who are unable to use mainstream car restraints.

How current is your social media knowledge?

What do you think are Australia’s most popular social media networks? Facebook? LinkedIn? Flickr?

With the digital landscape in a state of flux, new social media platforms are constantly challenging the status quo and it can be hard to stay on top of the latest trends to ensure you are getting your safety promotion and injury prevention messages out efficiently and effectively.

Death data now available

The Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU) now has updated cause of death data, sourced from the Australian Coordinating Registry.

The data will be a boon to those working in the safety promotion and injury prevention space, adding to the hospital admissions and emergency department presentations data already available from VISU, courtesy of the Department of Health.

Job opportunity

A part-time Road Safety Project Officer position is available to coordinate and promote the City of Casey’s existing L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program.

You will play a key role in recruiting volunteers, to mentor young people facing significant barriers in obtaining their probationary licence, through a community engagement approach.


Could you be the next Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary or Treasurer of VSCN? Or are you willing to play an active role as a general committee member? Nominations are now called for the eight positions on the Executive Committee with the election to be held at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, August 21 at 9:30am.

Get safely social – Early bird registrations now open

Should your safety campaign utilise Twitter or Facebook? Instagram or Snapchat?

Using the wrong social media channel for your target audience is like throwing a party and sending invitations to the wrong address. Avoid standing in the proverbial kitchen and ensure you know where your target market is spending time in cyberspace by booking your spot at VSCN’s Smart Ways to Promote Safety with Social Media workshop.