Student Program

Pre-Conference Short Course | Ballarat City Walking Tour |
Developing Your Research Pitch | Things I Wish I Knew


The AIPN conference student program has been designed to help students get the most out of their conference attendance and aims to inspire the next generation of skilled and passionate injury prevention leaders. Attendance at these events is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and research students, either full time or part time, undertaking studies relevant to injury prevention and safety/health promotion.   

Pre-Conference Short Course: Taking systematic reviews to the next level: meta-analysis in injury prevention

Presenter: Associate Professor Jake Olivier, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New South Wales
Date: Sunday 12th November
Time: 1.00PM - 5.00PM
Venue: SMB campus, S building, Grant Street, Ballarat Central
Cost: $90 for conference delegates and $135 for non-registered delegates.

To book for this pre-conference short course, please do so via the registration process.

This workshop is aimed at researchers and practitioners who are familiar with the basic conduct of systematic reviews but not yet experienced with conducting meta-analyses.

The workshop will use one or more existing injury data sets to illustrate how to use software and interpret statistical results.

  • Introduction on key elements of systematic reviews for meta-analyses
  • Measures of risk (odds ratio, relative risk) and study design (case-control, RCT)
  • Simple meta-analysis model including assumptions
  • Statistical software for meta-anlayses
  • Heterogeneity (random vs fixed effects meta-analysis, tests for heterogeneity, index of heterogeneity)
  •  Assessing publication bias (funnel plot, regression test, rank correlation test)
  • Generating forest plots
  • Meta-regression for study-level predictors
  • Multivariate meta-regression for multiple study-level outcomes

All enquiries regarding the course content can be emailed directly to Association Professor Olivier at 

Ballarat City Walking Tour

Calling all students attending the 2017 AIPN conference, join us for a pre-conference social event! 

The Ballarat city walking tour will incorporate a guided tour on foot of the highlights of this beautiful historic town, as well as the chance to meet and mingle with fellow delegates in a relaxed environment before the conference gets started.   We will also be joined on the walk by some leading researchers and practitioners, including conference Co-Chairs Professor Caroline Finch and Professor Rebecca Ivers, providing you with a unique opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in the injury prevention field.    

Further details will be released closer to the time, but make sure you keep this event in mind when booking your travel to Ballarat.   

For those requiring mobility assistance, please contact Lauren Fortington at

Date: Sunday 12 November 2017 
Time: 5:30PM – approx. 7:00PM 
Cost: FREE! The cost of this activity is included in your conference registration.  
Meeting place: Ballarat Art Gallery, 40 Lydiard St North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350
RSVP: Direct to Amy Vassallo by emailing

Developing your research pitch

Picture this- you meet someone new, 2 minutes into the conversation they ask that dreaded question ‘what’s your research all about?’ How do you answer? How do you present your research in everyday conversation? The ability to convey your research interests and experience informally yet professionally is an essential skill, yet one that students often struggle with.  This exclusively student event is designed to help you with this. In the format of structured speed networking you will rotate around the room to meet a new student, present your ‘research pitch’ to each other, and provide and receive feedback.  Some mid-career researchers will be available for help and guidance if you get stuck.  By the end of this event you will have refined your pitch, built confidence informally presenting your research and networked with a group of students along the way.  

Date: Monday 13 November 2017
Time: 5.00PM-6.30PM    
Location: To be confirmed within the conference venue

'Things I wish I knew' - career lessons from injury prevention leaders and up-and-comers

Jobs in injury prevention are varied, and that’s one of the things that’s so appealing about this field.  This event will include a panel of leaders and up-and-comers in injury prevention research and implementation who will briefly present their career journey to date, lessons they’ve leant along the way, and things they wished they had known earlier in their careers.  There will also be lots of time for facilitated discussion and questions, which can be sent in anonymously in advance if preferred.  Panel members will be announced soon. 

Date: Tuesday 14 November 2017
Time: 12.30PM-1.30PM  
Location: To be confirmed within the conference venue