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Webinar: Dr. Tarek Sayed


Please join us for our upcoming webinar on Thursday, September 21 at 10:00 AM PST with Dr. Tarek Sayed, Professor in UBC's Dept. of Civil Engineering.


To register for this webinar, please email View past webinars on our website.


Other Upcoming Events




Canadian Injury Prevention Curriculum Workshop


The next CIPC workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 26 to Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Vancouver. The focus of the curriculum is on the epidemiology of injury, the principles of injury prevention, injury data systems, applied research and planning methodologies, and program development and evaluation.


Visit our website for more details and to register. 



Safe Kids Week


June 5 to 11 was Safe Kids Week, and we posted a fact sheet on this year's topic: promoting safe and active transportation, whether kids are walking, cycling, skateboarding, or engaging in other wheeled activities. 


BCIRPU Academic Scientist Dr. Mariana Brussoni was interviewed by the Surrey Now-Leader and 107.7 Pulse FM on preventable injury.




Media highlights


Relax, it's okay for your kids to run wild

Mariana Brussoni, News 1130, June 21.


Why letting your kids play alone outside is good for them

Mariana Brussoni, The Social, June 26.


What's the point of booster seats?

Takuro Ishikawa and Mariana Brussoni, The Globe and Mail, July 4.


Rising temps worry organizers of B.C. Soccer's Boys Provincial Cup

Ian PIke, CBC News, July 6. 




CHIRPP database


CHIRPP is a self-reporting injury surveillance system run by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Through the collection of data from patients/parents in the Emergency Department, CHIRPP provides a current picture of injury occurrence and helps establish priorities for research & intervention. BC Children's Hospital data is accessible from CHIRPP Coordinator Mhairi Nolan.




Proposed new guidelines on corded window coverings


Health Canada is proposing new guidelines to help eliminate risk of strangulation from corded window blinds. The proposed guidelines would restrict the length of accessible cords and the size of loops that can be created, as well as require a warning to be printed on products. 


You can review the proposed new regulations and submit feedback by August 31. 




Get connected!


Did you know that The Community Against Preventable Injuries has a newsletter? Email Preventable to get on the list.


And if you know anyone who would like to receive this newsletter, please ask them to email BCIRPU Communications or get them to sign up here


July 13, 2017


Representatives from RCM-SAR and BCIRPU with federal MP Joyce Murray in Vancouver.
Paul Joseph Photo


New project aims to reduce boating-related injury in BC


The BCIRPU has received funding from Transport Canada to better understand attitudes about boating safety in British Columbia.


The three-year project—led by BCIRPU Director Dr. Ian Pike, in partnership with the Lifesaving Society, the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR), and The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable)—will investigate the awareness, attitudes, and behaviours of recreational boaters in BC related to boating safety. A social marketing campaign will be developed and implemented to address the burden of boating-related injury. The project was officially announced on May 23 at an event in Vancouver with RCM-SAR, Vancouver MP Joyce Murray, and the BCIRPU research team.

Dr. Pike was featured on CBC's BC Almanac alongside Larry Jacobs of the Canadian Safe Boating Council (starting at 26:23).


Read more about the project on our website.


John Lau Photo

Large banana peel reminds us that injuries are preventable


The Community Against Preventable Injuries kicked off their ninth year on June 1 with a larger-than-life banana peel installation in downtown Vancouver.


"This campaign challenges the assumption that ‘bad stuff might happen to others, but not to me,’” said Dr. Ian Pike, BCIRPU Director and spokesperson for Preventable. "Every day, we take risks that we know can lead to injury—we speed on our way to work, we text while crossing the street. The banana is an exaggeration of the risk that is right in front of us."


The banana peel received a lot of attention on social media as people shared photos using the hashtag #preventable, It was also featured in the media, including on Global News BC, the West Ender, and Roundhouse Radio.


Injury prevention priorities


BCIRPU played a key supporting role in the work of the BC Injury Prevention Committee (BCIPC) to select provincial injury prevention priorities. A rigorous prioritization process included the provision of injury data based on selected metrics and the coordination and execution of a three-round modified Delphi process.


Selected metrics were mortality, potential years life lost, Emergency Department data (VCH and BC Children’s Hospital), and cost (direct and indirect). Results from each of the three rounds of the modified Delphi process were summarized and reported out to the BCIPC. A final report will be available shortly.



Landmarks "go green" for National Injury Prevention Day


Landmarks across BC lit up with green on July 5 in support of the first National Injury Prevention Day. Vancouver City Hall, Science World, BC Place, Canada Place, and Whistler's Fitzsimmons Bridge joined the CN Tower and other Canadian landmarks in helping draw attention to the devastating impact of injury. Injury prevention groups shared facts about injury on social media using the hashtag #NIPD.


Trampoline safety: "Air" on the side of caution


Did you know that 80% of injuries in kids on trampolines occur when two or more children are on the trampoline at the same time? Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), with the help of the BCIRPU and BC Children's Hospital, launched a summer safety campaign on trampoline safety in late June. The campaign includes facts on emergency department visits from the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program database.


Visit VCH's website to view the infographic and share trampoline tips on social media using the hashtag #aironthesideofcaution. You can enter for your chance to win a FitBit and other prizes.



Go play outside!


BCIRPU Scientist Mariana Brussoni and her team have launched, an interactive tool to help parents and communities reverse the trend that is limiting children's chances to play outside and take risks in play.


Voices of Indigenous children and youth


Director Dr. Ian Pike and his colleagues have received two-year funding from CIHR to explore the burden of child and youth injury among Canada's Indigenous peoples. The project will utilize visual storytelling—combining photography, video, narratives, and mapping—to provide a platform for community members to identify and target selected injury prevention issues.



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