Report outlines high cost of injury

The hospital treatment costs for injury cases (excluding medical injury) in Victoria in 2012/13 totalled $806.3 million, an average of $2,050 per hospital-treated injury, according to a new report by the Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU).

The VISU report found there are two levels of injury reflecting severity: 91,399 hospital admissions and 301,940 ED presentations (non-admissions). Although hospitalised injuries (hospital admissions) accounted for less than a quarter of all hospital-treated episodes, they accounted for the greatest proportion of hospital treatment costs (87 per cent or $701.1 million).

Shocking Snapchat campaign targets stoned drivers

A New Zealand Transport Agency campaign has utilised the social media microplatform Snapchat to get its message across about the dangers of driving when under the influence of marijuana.

The Tinnyvision campaign unfolds over a series of 10 second Snapchat videos that show a group of mates filming themselves getting stoned. The viewers begin to become invested in the story, which makes the final snap, where they go for a drive and hit a pedestrian, even more shocking.

WHO manual tackles youth death by violence

Youth violence is the 4th leading cause of death in young people worldwide: a new World Health Organization (WHO) manual highlights the health burden of youth violence and provides an overview about how to prevent it.

Each year an estimated 200 000 young people aged 10-29 years are murdered, making homicide the fourth leading cause of death in young people globally.

Do you have multilingual health info to share?

The Health Translations Directory is calling on agencies to register their multilingual resources.

The directory is an online portal for health professionals and the wider community to access multilingual health resources. It aims to support the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities by providing the high-quality translated health information needed to make informed health and lifestyle choices.

UV and Skin Cancer Prevention

Cancer Council Victoria will host the 3rd International UV and Skin Cancer Prevention Conference in Melbourne from December 7 to 11.

The conference will attract behavioural and epidemiological researchers, clinicians, health promotion and education professionals from around the world, all of whom will have a strong interest in population-based approaches to skin cancer prevention and vitamin D.

Intelligent transport systems coming to Melbourne

Check out this YouTube video of ITA Australia’s 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, which is to be held in Melbourne from 10 – 14 October 2016.

Australia is at the forefront of development and deployment of ITS technologies in many fields. Our population is clustered in big cities with large urban areas where ITS technology such as managed motorways and free flow tolling are being leveraged to maintain the mobility of our growing cities.

Long transport distances across our vast country encourage innovation and adoption of technology across our heavy vehicle fleet to enhance safety and efficiency. Australia has a strong and innovative mining sector that has embraced ITS technology such as driverless trains and driverless vehicles to improve efficiency and safety in tough economic conditions.

Creating impactful social media safety campaigns – the workshop

VSCN’s Social Media workshop, held on October 1, was a resounding success with all attendees reporting they were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the content, presentation style and value for money it entailed.

The presentation, by social media expert Row Murray of Kenobi Digital, gave an overview of the social space in 2015 before launching into specifics, tailored to those working in injury prevention and safety promotion. Row talked attendees through setting up an Instagram account and got them posting straight away with a prize given to the best post of the morning.

Workshop to empower women

As part of Community Safety Month, Manningham Council will tomorrow host a free interactive and informative workshop, aimed to empower women by increasing knowledge and confidence about feeling and being safe.

Moonee Valley shares Pan Pacific success

Moonee Valley became Australia’s first local government to achieve Pan Pacific Safe Communities accreditation last year and has kindly offered to share its successful nomination with fellow VSCN members.