Bunbury Conference 2008
Evidence, Action, Innovation Community Safety and Injury Prevention Conference: What Works? 18-19 June 2008
See below for Conference documents
ICCWA with the support of the Department of Health WA, held a community safety and injury prevention conference in Bunbury on the 18th and 19th June 2008. The conference was the first to be held in a regional centre as part of a three year capacity building project in community safety and injury prevention in WA. Approximately 110 delegates from state and local government, non-government organisations, Police and education participated in the two day event, which aimed to bring together this diverse range of professionals and community members to showcase and discuss community safety and injury prevention issues. Key themes of the conference were 'evidence, action and innovation' and what works in community safety and injury prevention. The conference provided opportunities for developing skills, networking and collaboration to build partnerships. The conference was officially opened by Ian Smith, Regional Director, WA Country Health Service - South West, who encouraged delegates to seek partnerships to develop and implement innovative initiatives in community safety. Keynote presenter Henk Harberts joined the conference from Victoria to share his experiences with the International Safe Communities initiative. His presentation discussed action that can be taken at a local level to address community safety and the process of partnerships and and collaboration between organisations that can facilitate successful initiatives. Concurrent sessions showcased a number of diverse programs and projects. Presentations discussed a wide range of injury issues including falls prevention in older people, burns, scalds and accidental poisoning in children, safety during water activities to prevent drowning, suicide prevention, farm safety and a number of community safety issues.