In 2017–2018, BCIRPU continued its successful program of injury surveillance and research towards the goal of a province free from serious injury and disability. This year we have made significant progress on our provincial approach to injury prevention. Together with the BC Injury Prevention Committee and Ms. Megan Oakey, Provincial Manager for Injury and Falls Prevention and Acting Senior Director, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at PHSA/BCCDC, we have continued our work on the three provincial priorities—seniors falls and injuries prevention; transport-related injury prevention; and the prevention of youth suicide and self-harm—including the development of evidence reviews, gap analyses, and strategic work plans for each priority.
In January, BCIRPU completed a refresh of the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT), giving it a brand-new look and increased functionality. The CATT resource continues to garner interest across Canada. An evaluation was completed for BC Hockey after they mandated CATT for all of their on-ice officials during the 2016-2017 season. BCIRPU’s ten-year partnership with The Community Against Preventable Injuries continues, and the social marketing campaigns have demonstrated effectiveness in changing attitudes and behaviours among British Columbians, and significant reductions in injury mortality in the target population and their children. A productive collaboration with the City of Surrey fire department has resulted in the publication of reports on injury and death among Canadian firefighters, fire-related injuries among Canada’s children and youth, and fire-related injury and building design. Lastly, we successfully launched the Active & Safe Central website that provides evidence-based injury prevention resources specific to sport and recreational activity, a partnership funded by the BC Alliance for Healthy Living, and built with numerous provincial and national expert partners.