Professor Rebecca Ivers

Academic Status

Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity

place Sturt West Wing
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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)

Honours, awards and grants
  • Category Winner, Innovation. 100 women of influence (Australian Financial Review/Westpac) 2014.
  • NSW Public Health Associations' Public Health Impact Award. July 2014.
  • Australian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN): 2013 AIPN Award for Sustained Achievement. November 2013.
  • Young Tall Poppy Award for Science (October 2008).
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Achievement Award (awarded December 2007)
Research expertise
Adolescent health
Indigenous health
Public health and health services
Research interests

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.

Supervisory interests
Healthy Ageing
Indigenous health
Injury prevention
Maternal and child health
Public health
Road injury
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Risk factors and burden of falls in older Aboriginal people (Univ of Sydney) (1), Early goal directed rehabilitation for trauma patients, Impact on hospital length of stay and health outcomes (Univ of Sydney) (1), Driver Licensing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (Univ of Sydney) (1), Factors influencing Social and Health Outcomes in Land Transport Injury in older people (Univ of Sydney) (1)
Associate supervisor: Inequalities in unintentional injuries between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in New South Wales: causes, risk factors and targets for prevention (Univ of Western Australia) (1), Towards effective pre-hospital trauma care for traffic injured victims in Vietnam (Australian National Univ.) (1), Injury, burns, Aboriginal health, health services (1)
Principal supervisor: The role of motorcycle protective clothing in the prevention of injury (Univ of Sydney) (1), Place of residence and ethnicity as risk factors for young driver injury: the DRIVE Study (Univ of Sydney) (1), Epidemiological study of injuries in India (univ of Sydney) (1), Pre-school based interventions for appropriate use of child restraints (Univ of Sydney) (1), Stakeholder analysis of the Australian road safety research-to-policy process (Univ of Sydney) (1), Cost of injuries in Vietnam (Univ of Sydney) (1), Evaluation of the VicRoads assisted ride program (Univ of Sydney) (1)
Associate supervisor: Risky driving and car crash injury (Univ of Sydney) (1), Motorcycle Helmet Use in Vietnam: Prevalence, Barriers to Use, and Policy Implications (Univ. of Sydney) (1)
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