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******* September News Flash! *******

Excitement is mounting - 500+ delegates now expected!
We look forward to welcoming over
500 delegates to ARSC2015!

Thank you all for the wonderful response to ARSC2015 to date.
We welcome your participation in our united aim to reduce road trauma!

We are delighted to announce that the inaugural Australasian Road Safety Conference is shaping up to be exceptional - with interest beyond our expectations!  We are now looking forward to welcoming 500+ delegates at ARSC2015, which is a fantastic level of support in our united aim to expedite road trauma reductions.

We are looking forward to welcoming a broad spectrum of road safety professionals, advocates and members of the public - researchers, policy makers, police & law enforcement, medical professionals, educators, corporations, practitioners, .... just to name a few!

If you haven't yet registered or booked your accommodation, please log on to the
ARSC2015 website

We also have exciting news about ARSC2016 to announce very soon - so keep your eye on your emails!


and most of all....
We look forward to seeing you at ARSC2015!


Latest Invited Speakers Announced!
We are delighted to announce Mark Textor, Managing Director and CoFounder, Crosby|Textor Group, and Chairman, Amy Gillett Foundation,  and Professor James Harrison, Director of the Research Centre for Injury Studies & Director, National Injury Surveillance Unit (NISU) as the latest invited speakers to be joining us for ARSC2015:


"A genius at transforming raw research
into compelling communication"

Crikey's 2012 Power Index


About Mark:   Crosby|Textor Group co-founder Mark “Tex” Textor’s record speaks for itself.  He currently holds the unique position of being the pollster and electoral strategist for three serving Commonwealth Prime Ministers: the UK’s David Cameron; New Zealand’s John Key, and Australian PM Tony Abbott.  In May 2015, Tex joined Lynton Crosby in London to guide David Cameron and the UK Conservative Party to its resounding success in the 2015 General Election.

Described by Channel 4 in the UK as “one of the most influential political strategists and pollsters to walk the planet”, Tex attracts equally high praise at home in Australia, with Crikey’s 2012 Power Index describing him as “the most domineering, divisive pollster this country’s ever seen – and the most powerful… A genius at transforming raw research into compelling communication.”  But perhaps London mayor Boris Johnson, who has sought Tex’s counsel on two successful campaigns, puts it best, simply dubbing him a “sorcerer of numbers.”

Mark has been Chairman of the Amy Gillett Foundation since 2006 and continues to champion campaigns aimed at reducing cycling road trauma, particularly focussing on mutual respect and awareness between drivers and cyclists.  Mark has also been engaged by more than 20 premier national industry associations, including the Australian Bankers’ Association, the Business Council of Australia and Free TV.

Mark holds a degree in Economics from The Australian National University.  He is a full member of the Australian Market & Social Research Society (AMSRS).

Read more about Mark here.....


Professor James Harrison
Director, Research Centre for Injury Studies, Flinders University &
Director, National Injury Surveillance Unit (NISU)


About James:   Professor James Harrison is an injury epidemiologist and public health physician. Professor Harrison was appointed as founding Director of the Research Centre for Injury Studies at Flinders University in 1997 and has been the Director of the National Injury Surveillance Unit (NISU) since 1990.  James is 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.

James’ main areas of research interest are injury prevention and control, and methods and infrastructure for public health surveillance and evaluation, including classifications and data linkage. His research and publications deal with many aspects of injury, including road safety, the safety of Indigenous Australians, suicide and self-harm, alcohol and injury, occupational safety, sports injury, spinal cord injury and the safety of health care. While most of his work has been quantitative he has also participated in some qualitative research (e.g. the Aboriginal People Travelling Well Program).

Read more about James here.....


Mark & James join our previously announced eminent speakers:

Previously confirmed invited speakers:
A reminder of our distinguished line up for ARSC2015!
Ruth Purdie
General Secretary
TISPOL - European Traffic Police Network

Ruth Purdie became the General Secretary of TISPOL- the European Road Police Network, in September 2015.   Prior to this she served with the Cheshire Constabulary, United Kingdom, as an Assistant Chief Constable.  In this role she held the portfolio for Serious Crime, Specialist operations  & Investigations.   Regionally, Ruth held the Forensic Science and Roads Policing portfolio for the North West of England which included over 30% of the UK motorway network.
Throughout her career Ruth has embraced opportunities to develop policing in other countries and has worked in New Zealand, USA, Canada and Malta assisting colleagues in the development of policing approaches.   Ruth is passionate about Road Safety and Chaired the North West Motorway Patrol Group  where she worked  with road policing colleagues and agency partners from the North of England to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the safety and security of all road users.   As General Secretary of TISPOL Ruth works with dedicated colleagues throughout Europe to deliver a safer European Road Network.

Read more.....

Prof. Gerry Fitzgerald
Professor of Public Health and Director
Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management
Queensland University of Technology

Professor Fitzgerald was appointed Chief Health Officer for Queensland in 2003 prior to taking us his current position as Professor of Public Health at QUT in 2006.  He was one of the founders of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and served as national Secretary of the College for four years and was Editor in Chief of the Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Professor Fitzgerald holds specialist medical qualifications in Emergency Medicine and Medical Administration and was awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Queensland in 1990 for his research into Emergency Department Triage which formed the basis of the Australasian Triage Scale now in use at all EDs throughout Australasia.   Professor Fitzgerald is actively engaged in national and international professional activities and has been an invited Keynote Speaker numerous times.  He is a current member of the Editorial Board of Emergency Medicine Australasia and the Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Read more.....

Dr Barry Watson
Global Road Safety Partnership Program

Dr Barry Watson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), which is hosted by the Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland. As the CEO of GRSP, Barry is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organisation as well as the management of its activities in over 35 countries worldwide. Barry has worked in the road safety field for over 30 years in government and civil society organisations.

Barry is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) and a member-at-large on the Executive Board of the International Council of Alcohol, Drugs & Traffic Safety (ICADTS), and was most recently the Director of Queensland's Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q).  Read more.....

Mr Gavin Smith
Robert Bosch Australia

Gavin Smith joined Bosch Australia in 1990 following 10 years in various Information Technology roles at a number of well known Multinationals across Australasia.  In 2011 Gavin was promoted to the position of President and Chairman of the Local subsidiary Robert Bosch Australia.

Robert Bosch Australia is a regional subsidiary and part of the global Bosch Group, a leading global supplier of technology and services. In fiscal 2013 the Bosch Group employed 310,000 associates worldwide, and generated revenues of 48 billion euros from Sales of Automotive and Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods and Energy and Building Technologies.  Bosch established its Australian activities in 1907, today employing more than 1300 people and generating revenues in excess of $600 million Australian Dollars.   Read more.....

A/Prof Brian Owler
Australian Medical Association

Associate Professor Brian K Owler is an Australian trained neurosurgeon.  He is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Westmead Private, Sydney Adventist Hospital at Wahroonga and Norwest Private Hospital.  A/Prof Owler has a PhD from the University of Sydney and is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Sydney.

A/Prof Owler was elected President of the Australian Medical Association in May 2014.  He has a particular interest in public health advocacy. He has worked with the NSW Roads and Maritime Services to develop the “Don’t Rush” advertising campaign targeted at reducing speed-related road accidents in NSW.  He also has a strong commitment to improving the health of Indigenous Australians. 
Read more.....

Latest Supporters Announced! 
We are delighted to announce our most recent supporters:

Recently confirmed conference partners include - Supporters: the Traffic Management Association of Australia (TMAA) and Griffith University’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland, and Exhibitors: Hill and Smith Roads, Pathtech, Microair Avionics and Australian Construction Products.  Thank you to all these organisations for this much appreciated support!

Thank you to all of the following organisations who have taken up partnerships with the conference this year - without you the conference would not be shaping up to be such a successful event, able to save more lives and injuries on our roads:
Surgeons to earn points towards their
Continuing Professional Development annual points requirement at ARSC2015! 

ARSC2015 approved by RACS as a CME activity
We are delighted to announce that ARSC2015 has been approved by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) as an approved Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity.  This means that all RACS Fellows can earn points towards their annual CME requirement through participation at ARSC2015.  In turn this elevates the conference to a new level, with surgeons joining with the many other sectors of road safety participating at ARSC2015 to work together to expedite road trauma reductions.

The fifth and final pillar of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety (2010-2020) focuses on Post-Crash Response and the gains that can be made through collaborative work that includes all those working across this sector.   The importance of post-crash response sector, and in particular that of trauma surgeons, was emphasised by the ACRS Patron, Sir Peter Cosgrove, during the ACRS awards ceremony in November 2014.  Sir Peter remarked that the greatest similarity he has seen to road trauma victim injuries has been with tsunami victims - hence the reason we mobilise emergency support from trauma surgeons to assist post-tsunamis emergencies. 

Sir Peter likened road trauma to 'an innocent war on our roads'.  Surgeons are at the front end of this 'war'.  ACRS aims to build wider acknowledgement of this important sector and its ability to contribute to meaningful improvements towards improved road trauma outcomes.  RACS participation and inclusion in ARSC2015 is therefore an extremely important step in this direction.

There are currently around 7,000 RACS Fellows across Australasia who hold medical registration and are required to participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through RACS approved activities, so with ARSC2015 now earning CME accreditation we are very much looking forward to welcoming many of these dedicated medical professionals to the conference.
*** Decreased Road Trauma = Improved Public Health ***

With road trauma across Australia alone resulting in over 1,000 deaths and 30,000 serious injuries every year, surgeons are called on to bear the brunt of these road trauma outcomes - from receiving patients 24/7/365, to performing surgeries, dealing with distraught family members, and providing ongoing follow-up care to road trauma victims.   Our surgeons are an extremely important sector dealing with the ripple effects from road trauma, and therefore RACS continue to have an important role as an expert representative body seeking and attaining road trauma reductions on behalf of the entire community.  

Participation of RACS Fellows at ARSC2015 significantly strengthens the effectiveness of all ARSC2015 outcomes, and we welcome this announcement.   
We look forward to welcoming all RACS Fellows
to ARSC2015!

Updated Program
ARSC2015 Program - Updated regularly!

The ARSC2015 Program offers the latest in research, practice and policy across the five pillars of action set out by the UN Decade of Action on Road Safety (Road Safety Management, Infrastructure, Safe Vehicles, User Behaviour, and Post Crash Care). The program includes keynote speakers, plenary panel sessions, workshops, symposia, concurrent sessions and poster presentations.  There will undoubtedly be sessions of interest for everyone.
Workshops & Symposia include:
  • Factors affecting young driver risk
  • Road safety education in schools
  • Policing and Enforcement - collaborative action for change
  • Road Safety Barriers for Cars and Motorcycles
  • The National Road Safety Partnership Program
  • Safety of workers at roadwork sites
  • Who is responsible for road safety?
  • Why do we have to choose which regulation to break?
  • ASEAN road safety strategy
  • Community road safety
  • Driving heavy vehicle safety through technology
  • World Bank Report on road safety in the Pacific region
  • Motorcycle coaching program for novice riders - development and evaluation
  • Crash investigation studies
  • and much more!

Concurrent sessions (multiple presenters in the one session) include:
  • Road safety management and strategy
  • Vehicle safety
  • Technology
  • Speed cameras and enforcement
  • Distraction
  • Fatigue
  • Road safety infrastructure
  • Road safety education
  • Cycling safety
  • Work-related road safety
  • Driver attitudes
  • Vehicle and signage technology
  • Graduated driver licensing
  • Motorcycles
  • Pedestrians
  • Drink driving
  • Drug driving
  • Mentor programs
  • Older drivers
  • Road safety advertising
  • Offenders who speed - characteristics and profiling
  • Child passenger protection
  • Best use of data for road safety benefits
  • and much more!
Join us at ARSC2015
Be an active participant in the road trauma solution!

ARSC2015 *Program* (download)
Workshops/Symposia (download)
Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

We’ve received an outstanding response to the Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities on offer, with many leading road safety stakeholders partnering with the conference (thank you!).  Just a few opportunities remain and we are now in our final days to confirm last partners.  Opportunities include:

  • Exhibition booths ($3,750 inc GST)
  • Gold Sponsorship - naming rights to a Plenary Session ($15,000 inc GST)
  • Silver Sponsorship – naming rights to a Concurrent Session or Conference Lunch ($10,000 inc GST)
  • Bronze Sponsorship – naming rights to a Coffee Break or a Symposium ($5,000 inc GST)
  • Mobile Phone Charging Station Sponsorship ($4,500 inc GST)
  • Bottled Water Sponsorship ($4,500 inc GST)
  • Supporter ($2,500 inc GST)

Don’t also forget the great options of Handbook Advertising or Satchel Inserts (from $550 each) to promote your message within a tight budget!

Hurry, don’t miss out on this...

- LAST CHANCE - put your organisation in front of Australia and New Zealand’s
road safety decision-makers, policy writers, researchers, industry and front line experts!


Sponsoring or exhibiting at the inaugural Australasian Road Safety Conference - ARSC2015 - will provide an outstanding opportunity to:

  • Promote your organisation and its role in reducing road trauma;
  • Showcase your leadership in the road safety field, and your commitment to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety;
  • Increase your brand exposure;
  • Expand your marketing networks;
  • Maintain a high profile within the industry - before, during and after the event, and
  • Demonstrate your desire to be influential in the future collaborative effort.

To find out more please contact:

Jude Williams
ARSC2015 Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager

Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland
Sponsorship Prospectus (download)
ACRS Awards
Please join us at the ARSC2015 Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Celebrating our exemplary road safety leaders!

ARSC2015 includes
Australasia's most prestigious
Road Safety Awards

2015 ACRS Fellowship Award
Recognising our exemplary individuals!
(To be presented during the ARSC2015 Dinner)

The Award

The prestigious ACRS Fellowship is recognised as the Australasian road safety community’s highest honour, recognising an individual for their outstanding committment and effectiveness in their efforts to reduce road trauma.  The Australasian College of Road Safety first instituted the award of College Fellow in 1991.  The list of Fellows since the inception of the award is recognition of the significant road trauma reduction achievements by these outstanding individuals.

The Achievement

Fellows are acknowledged by colleagues and co-workers as outstanding, by virtue of contributions to road safety rather than their position.  The contributions are of such a nature that they have led to substantial growth and improvement in an important institution or organisation, body of knowledge or aspect of thought and practice associated with road safety. 

2015 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award
Recognising the efforts of our exemplary
organisations, groups and projects!

(To be presented during the ARSC2015 Dinner)

The Award

The 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award calls for any road safety practitioner from the public or private sector to submit highly innovative, cost-effective road safety initiatives/programmes which they have recently developed that stand out from the standard, everyday practice and deliver significant improvements in road safety for the community.


Grand Prize

The winner will RECEIVE a trip to the USA to attend the 46th ATSSA Annual Convention & Traffic Expo in 2016 in Virginia, USA, and visit 3M Global Headquarters in Minnesota.  The winner will also present their winning entry and a report on their USA trip at the next Australasian Road Safety Conference.  They may also be eligible to present at the ATSSA Convention.

Awards Website (link)
Conference Sponsorship & Exhibition:
Jude Williams - ARSC2015 Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager

Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland

Conference Abstract Submissions:
Australasian College of Road Safety
Phone: 02 6290 2509
Conference Managers:
QUT Conferences
Phone: 07 3138 9358

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Awards Website:

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