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1989 …2020

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Research Biography

I am an injury epidemiologist and public health physician. I was appointed as founding Director of Research Centre for Injury Studies at Flinders University in 1997 and have been the Director of the National Injury Surveillance Unit (NISU) since 1990. I am active nationally and internationally in the areas of measurement and classification of injury, injury burden and determinants of injury in populations, and the descriptive epidemiology of injury for public health purposes.

Research Interests

My main areas of research interest are injury prevention and control, and methods and infrastructure for public health surveillance, including classifications and data linkage. My publications deal with many aspects of injury, including injury severity and outcomes, road safety, the safety of Indigenous Australians, suicide and self-harm, alcohol and injury, occupational safety, sports injury, spinal cord injury and the safety of health care. While most of my work has been quantitative, I have also participated in some qualitative research. As at December 2018, I am an author of 87 peer-reviewed journal papers, and many other reports, mostly publications of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The Research Centre for Injury Studies operates the National Injury Surveillance Unit (NISU) of the AIHW. NISU undertakes public health surveillance of injury at the national level to support injury prevention and control, and provides much of the statistical information on which injury prevention policy and programs in Australia rely. The NISU program also produces the main national statistical reports on non-fatal serious road injury for the Australian Government agency responsible for road safety. NISU also does technical work on injury data sources and methods.

With Dr Kavi Bhalla, I led the Injury Expert Group in the Global Burden of Diseases 2010 project. This led to an active collaborative network of injury researchers, now part of the International Collaborative Effort (ICE) on Injury Statistics, who are are developing theory and doing research to enable better measurement of the impact and burden of injury. I am researching outcomes of injury using prospective follow-up with Professor Belinda Gabbe (Monash) and others and using data linkage to improve the measurement of non-fatal road injuries.

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Research Output

Hospitalised sports injury in Australia, 2016–17

Kreisfeld, R. & Harrison, J., 2020, Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. 20 p. (Injury research and statistics; no. 131)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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    Indigenous injury deaths 2011–12 to 2015–16

    Kreisfeld, R. & Harrison, J., 2020, Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. 88 p. (Injury research and statistics; no. 130)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
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  • Spinal cord injury, Australia, 2016–17

    Tovell, A., Harrison, J. & Avefua, S., 2020, Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. 60 p. (Injury research and statistics; no. 129)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
    File
  • The Association Between Fault Attribution and Work Participation After Road Traffic Injury: A Registry-Based Observational Study

    Lau, G., Gabbe, B. J., Collie, A., Ponsford, J., Ameratunga, S., Cameron, P. A., Harrison, J. E. & Giummarra, M. J., 1 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 30, 2, p. 235-254 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    A national approach to measuring non-fatal crash outcomes

    Harrison, J., Watson, A. & Vallmuur, K., 14 Mar 2019, Sydney: Austroads. 86 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    Australian Spinal Cord Injury Register: A descriptive epidemiological register in transition

    Amanda Tovell (Speaker) & James Harrison (Speaker)

    2013

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation