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Webinar: Road Safety Analysis with 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, titled, "Automated Road Safety Analysis Using Traffic Conflict Techniques."


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. 




Media highlights


The lost art of play: No resilience without risk, says researcher

Mariana Brussoni, CBC News, July 21.


Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play

Mariana Brussoni, The Conversation, August 1


Trevor Hancock: Safe communities prevent ‘accidental’ injury

BCIRPU, Times Colonist, August 9


Dad told children too young to ride bus by themselves

Mariana Brussoni, CTV News, September 5




Media: Risky play


At the end of August, BCIRPU Scientist Dr. Mariana Brussoni spoke with the media about back to school, risky play, and, her interactive online tool for parents.


Dr. Brussoni was interviewed by a number of news outlets, including CKNW's Charles Adler Tonight, Global News, CBC Early Edition (1:21:00), and The Vancouver SunRead 5 reasons why kids need risk, fear, and excitement in play on the BCCHR website.




Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum Workshop


The next Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum (CFPC) workshops will be held from September 22 to October 27, 2017, and October 20 to November 27, 2017 through the University of Victoria.


For more details and to register, visit the CFPC website.




2018 First Aid Education Conference


The Canadian Red Cross is hosting the inaugural First Aid Education Conference from April 23-25, 2018, in Niagara Falls, ON. Practitioners, educators, and leaders in the field are invited to network, collaborate on new strategies, discuss barriers to action and share ideas that will create safer communities.


Registration opens in November. Learn more on the conference website.




Conducting rapid reviews


Rapid reviews can help public health organizations synthesize current evidence on topics quickly and effectively. Read McMaster University's National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools' Rapid Review Guidebook to learn more.




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.




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September 14, 2017



BC Hockey Report


In June 2016, the BCIRPU evaluated the effectiveness of the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) as an educational concussion training resource for BC Hockey team officials, and its effect on improving knowledge around concussion recognition and management. CATT was mandated as a training resource to be completed by all BC Hockey team officials for the 2016-2017 season.
1,593 respondents qualified to participate in the evaluation, which found that the training led to a significant increase in self-reported concussion knowledge amongst team officials. For those officials who encountered an incident during the 2016-17 season, the majority felt that the CATT training prepared them to handle a potential concussion situation appropriately. Additionally, 68% of respondents were also in favour of mandating the CATT training for the parents of players. 


For more information, read the evaluation report and view the summary infographic.


John Lau Photo

Preventable reminds people to be safe this summer


The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable) launched two campaigns this summer.


The first campaign spread the word that drowning is no laughing matter. From August 11 to 13 the A-maze-ing Laughter statues at English Bay were given their own oversized personal flotation devices (PFD), reminding people that drowning can happen to anyone. In BC alone, there is an average of 53 deaths from drowning per year. The installation was picked up by Breakfast Television, Daily Hive, Global News, and Fairchild TV.


Preventable also reminded people to stay safe over the Labour Day long weekend by installing its giant banana peel in Olympic Village. Dr. Ian Pike and Jennifer Smith were interviewed by News 1130.


BCIRPU Annual Report


In the 2016-2017 operating period, BCIRPU continued its successful program of injury surveillance and research. Highlights during this operating period included engaging with the health authorities in a process to identify provincial priorities in injury prevention: seniors falls, young drivers, pedestrians, youth suicide, cyclists, and motor vehicle occupants. 


Read the full report
View the summary infographic


Dr. Pike promoted to Professor 


BCIRPU Director Dr. Ian Pike has been promoted to full Professor status at the UBC Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Pike first joined the Department of Pediatrics in 2004 as a Clinical Assistant Professor.


Congrats, Ian!


L to R: Aayushi Joshi, Kyle Scoten, Arpreet Singh


BCIRPU summer students participate in BCCHR Poster Day


On July 27, BCIRPU summer students presented their research projects at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute's annual Summer Student Poster Day.


Aayushi Joshi (Fifth year Honours, Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences, Western University) presented on rising fall-related death among seniors in BC. Kyle Scoten (Third year, Life Sciences, Queen's University) discussed his project evaluating the effectiveness of the CATT as an educational concussion training resource for BC Hockey team officials. Finally, Arpreet Singh (Second year Masters, Public Health, SFU) talked about the burden of fire-related injuries in children and youth across Canada.


New BCIRPU publications


George MA, Jin A, Brussoni M, Lalonde CE, McCormick R. Intentional injury among the Indigenous and total populations in British Columbia, Canada: Trends over time and ecological analyses of risk. Int J Equity Health. 2017 Aug 8;16(1):141. doi: 10.1186/s12939-017-0629-4. PMID: 28789649. LINK


Karl FM, Smith J, Piedt S, Turcotte K, Pike I. Applying the health action process approach to bicycle helmet use and evaluating a social marketing campaign. Inj Prev. 2017 Aug 5. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2017-042399. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 28780534. LINK


Pike I, Smith J, All-Hajj S, Fuselli P, Macpherson A. The Canadian Atlas of Child and Youth Injury: Mobilizing injury surveillance data to launch a national knowledge translation tool. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Aug 30;14(9):982. doi:10.3390/ijerph14090982. LINK


Al-Hajj S, Fisher B, Smith J, Pike I. Collaborative visual analytics: A health analytics approach to injury prevention. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017;14(9):1056. doi:10.3390/ijerph14091056. LINK


New guidelines on baseline testing for concussions


Concussion baseline testing is no longer required or recommended for post-injury care of youth athletes with suspected or diagnosed concussion, according to a new statement from Parachute Canada. Baseline testing could provide a sense of security that is not warranted, and is not recommended.

These recommendations are based on up-to-date research and in consultation with Parachute’s Expert Advisory Concussion Subcommittee, of which BCIRPU Co-Director Dr. Shelina Babul is a member.


Read the full statement online.


Injury Insight: Falls on Stairs


Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injuries worldwide after road traffic crashes. While stairs are in our homes, workplaces, and public and outdoor spaces, they can be dangerous and are a common place for injury to happen. Our latest Injury Insight provides information on injuries from falls on stairs and tips on how to decrease risk.


Coming soon: New CATT website!


We're redesigning the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) website! This new site will have updated information on the recognition, treatment, and management of concussions.



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