Professor Rebecca Ivers

Australia

Honorary Professorial Fellow, Injury Division Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Honorary Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney Professor, Flinders University Visiting Professor, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

MPH PhD

Professor Rebecca Ivers is an injury epidemiologist and leading researcher in global health. Recognised for her expertise in studying injury, trauma care and falls prevention, Professor Ivers designs and leads large observational studies and randomised trials focusing on injury in high-risk and disadvantaged populations in Australia and in low- and middle-income countries in Asia.

Her work has substantially improved understanding relating to the burden of and risk factors for injury in many countries and informed policies for improving safety and reducing motor vehicle-related injury globally. She remains a passionate advocate for injury management and prevention. Her research in motorcycle safety has been influential in developing policy relating to motorcycle protective clothing and helmet use in high- and low- income settings and she has contributed chapters to multiple WHO good practice manuals on road safety. Her research on young drivers has influenced Australian government legislation on graduated driver licensing.

Professor Ivers also leads a program of work on prevention and care of injury in Aboriginal people. She says, “my team works closely with Aboriginal people and community organisations in various settings around Australia to understand the challenges and needs around road safety, injury and trauma care and to find ways to effect change. Our Driving Change program is one example”. Professor Ivers is member of the WHO Violence and Injury Prevention Mentor program and a member of the UN Road Safety Collaboration. In 2014 Professor Ivers was named in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac list of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence.

Awards and honours

  • Winner, Innovation: Australian Financial Review and Westpac100 Women of Influence Awards 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. December 2007

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