Friday, 29 January 2016

Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith receives AO award for service to public health

This article first appeared on the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine' website, 26 January 2016.

Congratulations to Department of Forensic Medicine researcher,
Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith who received the award of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day 2016 Honours List for her distinguished service to public health in the area of accident and injury prevention, to forensic medicine, and to higher education as an academic.

Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith MBBS, MA (prelim), MPH, MD, FAFPHM is a Research Professor at the Monash University Department of Forensic Medicine located at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. She heads the Prevention Research Unit focusing principally on injury prevention research and data systems. Joan has qualifications in medicine, public health and sociology, a research Doctorate in injury epidemiology and is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

Joan’s injury prevention research is multi-disciplinary, interfacing the methods of epidemiology and public health with those of other disciplines. Her current research interests include injury prevention in low and middle income countries, safe design, drowning prevention and injury data systems.  Other interests include translation of research to prevention and building intellectual capacity in injury prevention.
Joan’s research is recognized widely through publications, awards and international invitations for consultancies and keynote presentations. She is a co-editor of the 2008 WHO/UNICEF World Report on Child Injury Prevention and the 2014 WHO Global Report on Drowning and was a Principal Investigator on the ARC Discovery Grant led by Assoc. Prof Jane Freemantle: A mortality profile of Victoria’s Aboriginal (and non-Aboriginal) children 1998-2008 using an innovative method and research process.
We extend our warmest congratulations to Joan on this wonderful and richly deserved national recognition of her work and achievements.

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