Physical literacy video wins award, Australian researcher to visit Vancouver, iDOT update

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January 30, 2020




Physical Literacy video wins award from CIHR


BCIRPU’s video on physical literacy has been recognized by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Human Development, and Youth Health (IHDCYH) in the 2019 IHDCYH Talks Video Competition!


This video is one of four videos created for the Active & Safe Central (A&S) resource. We would like to acknowledge the contributions of the BC Children’s Hospital Digital Lab and the A&S project team: Dr. Sarah Richmond, Dr. Amanda Black, the BCIRPU team, project advisors and collaborators, and the Canadian Injury Prevention Trainee Network.


Read more about the award on our website and watch the video.



Australian researcher to visit Vancouver


BCIRPU and the Evidence to Innovation Research Theme at BC Children’s Hospital are pleased to welcome Dr. Ben Beck from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) to Canada as a visiting scholar this spring.


Dr. Beck is the Deputy Head of Prehospital, Emergency, and Trauma Research within the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and President of the Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN).


Read more about Dr. Beck's visit.


Update to mortality data on Injury Data Online Tool


We have updated our injury-related deaths data to include data up to, and including, 2017 data. This includes our Injury Data Online Tool and our data visualization. Please note that some data for more recent years is based on preliminary circumstances and is subject to change as investigations are concluded. Data are not directly comparable to published counts from previous years.


Please also be aware of an anomaly in the trend for fall-related mortality among ages 85+ between the years 2006 and 2015. Please read our study and view our factsheet to avoid any misinterpretation of trends.


Updated factsheet on the burden of concussion in BC


Each year in BC, almost 600 people are hospitalized for a concussion, and approximately 14,500 visit the emergency department. Learn more in our updated factsheet (PDF) on the burden of concussion in BC.


Dr. Brussoni and colleagues awarded E2i Seed Grant


BCIRPU Scientist Dr. Mariana Brussoni, Kevin Harris (UBC Dept. of Pediatrics), and Christine Voss (Children's Heart Centre, BC Children's Hospital) have received a seed grant through the BC Children's Hospital Research Instititute's Evidence to Innovation Theme Seed Grant Competition.


The project is titled "Capturing the ‘when’, the ‘where’ and the ‘with whom’—Maximizing the potential of global positioning systems devices to objectively characterize complex physical activity behaviours." The project will support the development of a secure and safe data analysis platform to store and analyze GPS data that will be used to ultimately improve children's health.



Parachute Canada launches concussion campaign


Parachute launched a national concussion awareness campaign in early January. "Check for Concussion" features Canadian athletes Scott Moir, Marie-Philip Poulin, Cindy Ouellet, and Steve Podborski.


Watch the video and learn more about concussion.



Webinar series


Visiting researcher Dr. Ben Beck from Monash University (Australia) will present our next webinar on Thursday, March 26 on road safety in the Australian context.


More details can be found on our website.


If you missed Denise Beaton's webinar on concussion and return-to-work strategies, you can view the recording on our website.



Job alert


The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable) is looking for an innovative, dynamic individual to join the team as Director.


Job posting closes February 20.


View the job posting at



Media highlights


Holiday health hazards for kids

Ian Pike, CTV Morning Live, Dec 12.


Vancouver rolls out holiday overnight parking campaign

Ian Pike, Vancouver Sun, Dec 12.


If in doubt, let them out—children have the right to play

Mariana Brussoni, The Conversation, Dec 16.



What we're reading


Road Safety


How Media Coverage of Car Crashes Downplays the Role of Drivers (CityLab) LINK


Seniors' Falls


Fraser Focus: Seniors' Fall Prevention (JoyTV, video) LINK




Suicide is preventable, but experts say we need better data and more support (Global News) LINK




Athletes’ Concussion in High School May Be Risk Factor for Suicide (Journal of Affective Disorders) 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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