New 'safety report card', concussion in the news

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March 19, 2020


COVID-19 staff update


BCIRPU is aligning with the three-week pilot of Remote Work Arrangements instituted by UBC: faculty, research staff, fellows, and student employees will be working remotely.


The duration of the pilot will be reassessed based on new information about COVID-19 that would change the situation. As much as we have made every effort to facilitate continuity of work while Unit staff work from home, there may be some delays in communications and ongoing projects.


Read the entire communique on our website.



New website shows injury rates by type and province


We recently launched an interactive website displaying the data from our work on an "injury report card." The website,, shows injury rates by type and province in the style of a report card. Visitors can see where evidence-based prevention policies have succeeded, and where more work needs to be done.


Read about the project in our blog post or visit



Poison Prevention Week 2020


March 15 to 21 was National Poison Prevention Week 2020 (PPW 2020). This year’s theme focused on the dangers of poisoning from cannabis consumption. BCIRPU distributed paid and organic messaging on cannabis and other types of poisoning.


Thank you to Parachute for organizing this year's campaign.



Concussion course for parents and caregivers complete


We have completed our update of the CATT e-learning course for parents and caregivers of children, youth, and young adults.


CATT for Parents & Caregivers is free-of-charge and available in both English and French.


Visit to view this e-learning course and our other concussion resources.


Recent publications


Bauer ME, Brussoni M, Giles AR. Categorizing mothers’ and fathers’ conceptualizations of children’s serious play‐related injuries: “You won’t grow a finger back.” Child Care Health Dev. 2020 Feb 10. doi: 10.1111/cch.12761. Epub ahead of print. LINK


Beaulieu E, Jiang A, Zheng A, Rajabali F, Pike I. Inequities in Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma According to Neighborhood Social and Material Deprivation: A Population-Level Study in British Columbia, Canada. Child Maltreat. 2019 Dec 12:1077559519892332. doi: 10.1177/1077559519892332. LINK



Webinar series


Dr. Ben Beck from Monash University will deliver a webinar on Tuesday, March 24 at 3:00 PM PST.


This webinar, titled "Road Safety Learnings from Australia," will cover different concepts from his previous Vancouver lectures.

No prior registration required; join via Bluejeans.



What we're reading


Road Safety


Canada's low profile on traffic safety raises eyebrows at international conference (Ottawa Citizen) LINK


It’s time to get serious in addressing the leading killer of our youth (WHO) LINK


Seniors' Falls


Varied and consistent daily activities improve brain health (Psych Central) LINK




New self-assessment tool for youth 93 per cent accurate in identifying mental health issues (BCCHR) LINK


Report says Okanagan youth vape, drink, have sex more than BC counterparts (Global News) LINK



New study first to show rerouting patterns in the brain post-concussion (UBC News) LINK




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 and intervention. BC Children's Hospital data is accessible from CHIRPP Coordinator Atousa Zargaran.



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