Professor Rebecca Ivers is the Director of the Injury Division at the George Institute for Global Health, based in Sydney. She is Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University, and Professor of Public Health in the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney.
She is trained in epidemiology and public health and directs a research program with a strong focus on prevention of road injury, fall injury and injury in Aboriginal people as well as work on developing better, more affordable care following trauma in Australia and in low income countries.
MPH, PhD (injury epidemiology)
Injury caused by road crashes, poisoning, falls, fires, and drowning, poses a substantial burden worldwide. Professor Ivers directs a research program focusing on the prevention and management of injury. Her interests include road injury, prevention of injury in Aboriginal people, studies on falls, burns and the development of research-informed policy in developed and developing countries. She has overseen studies examining the burden of injury in low-income settings (including Vietnam, India and China) and is involved in two major global studies: one that is testing trauma interventions in India and a second examining the incidence and predictors of mortality in people sustaining traumatic fractures in developing country settings globally. In Australia, she has overseen a large scale randomised trial of a motorcycle rider training program for the Victorian State Government.
Professor Ivers also directs a substantial research program to improve Aboriginal health. Driving Change examines the barriers to obtaining driver’s licenses among Aboriginal youth and devises innovative solutions locally to help overcome these barriers. The Buckle-Up Safety Program facilitating the use of age-appropriate child restraints in Aboriginal children to reduce the rates of crash injury is being delivered in partnership with local community organisations across NSW and its effectiveness is being evaluated. She is Principal Investigator of the IronBark Project, a NSW Health-funded study examining falls prevention in older Aboriginal people, and a NHMRC-funded study assessing burns care in Aboriginal Children.
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