Road Safety – Thursday 18 August 2016 at 11am ACST
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Dr Bridie Scott-Parker
Topic: “Overcoming insanity and looking at adolescent road safety in a different way”.
Dr Bridie Scott-Parker is a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow with more than a decade of expertise in young and novice driver road safety. She is the leader of the Adolescent Risk Research Unit (ARRU) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, a research unit focusing on improving the health and wellbeing of all adolescents. She is also the founder of the international Consortium of Adolescent Road Safety (CADROSA), which conducts research and interventions to improve the road safety for adolescent drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists simultaneously on a global scale and disseminates findings in a coordinated and effective manner.
Catherine Pulford, Road Safety Co-ordinator, Upper Hutt City Council
Topic: “Initiatives in the Hutt Valley (Upper Hutt City and Hutt City) that have been developed to support the Safer Journey’s vision”
Catherine Pulford has been Road Safety Co-ordinator with the Upper Hutt City Council since February 2015. Prior to this she was a primary school teacher for 21 years and a Road Traffic Instructor with the Ministry of Transport for six years. In her role as Road Safety Co-ordinator within the Roading team Catherine is committed to working collaboratively with others to support the vision of Safer Journeys (New Zealand’s Road Safety Strategy 2010-2020) “A safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury”. Safer Journeys creates a framework for how road safety is managed across all parts of the road system: roads and roadsides, speed, safe vehicles, and road use. Priority is placed on areas with the most potential to reduce death and serious injury.
Susan Medica, Counselling Co-ordinator/Psychologist, Road Trauma Support Western Australia (RTSWA).
Topic: “Reducing the Psycho-social impacts of Road Trauma”
Susan, a Counselling Psychologist, has been with RTSWA since the service launched in November 2013. She is responsible for coordinating specialized trauma and bereavement counselling services as well being involved in other service initiatives including peer support, preventive education and professional development workshops. Susan has enjoyed a varied career as a Psychologist, having previously worked with: work and motor vehicle injured clients in a rehabilitation service, peri- and post-natal trauma and loss in a women’s hospital, institutional and family abuse, critical incident response within an EAP setting and in general clinical/counselling practice. Susan’s presentation will outline who RTSWA are and how the service works to prevent and reduce negative impacts of Road Trauma.
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