Professor James Harrison


College of Medicine and Public Health

place Mark Oliphant Building (Level 2B)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am an injury epidemiologist and public health physician. I was appointed as founding Director of Research Centre for Injury Studies at Flinders University in 1997 and have been the Director of the National Injury Surveillance Unit (NISU) since 1990. I am active nationally and internationally in the areas of measurement and classification of injury, injury burden and determinants of injury in populations, and the descriptive epidemiology of injury for public health purposes.


Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Melbourne, 1980.

Master of Public Health, University of Sydney, 1990
      Treatise: Studying Work-Related Fatalities in Australia

Fellow, Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, RACP, 1990.

Honours, awards and grants

Distinguished Career Award of the American Public Health Association Injury Prevention Section (2013)
Australian Injury Prevention Network 2015 Award for Contribution to Research in Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

Teaching interests

I supervise and mentor research students and teach introductory epidemiology to students in the first year of the Doctor of Medicine program.

Topic lecturer
MMED8106 Health Professions & Society - Epidemiology Section
Supervisory interests
Injury epidemiology
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Suicide epidemiology (1)
Expert for media contact
Injury and its causes
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  • Injury and its causes