The 14th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion will be held from 8-11 November 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. Hosted by the Public Health Association of Australia  and Co-Sponsored by the World Health Organization, and other key national and international organisations, Safety 2020 aims to bring together the global injury prevention community to continue the successful world conferences highlighting the important research, work and advocacy in injury prevention and safety promotion.

In 2020, the theme for Safety is: Innovation, Engagement, Action: for a safer future

The world sits at a nexus with technology changing the way we work, low and middle income countries faced with addressing a growing injury burden especially around safety in urbanising societies, including safety of built environment and urban transportation, and the need for new innovative solutions to help provide action for a safer future including addressing violence and self-harm issues. More and more evidence is being generated, adding the greater need to translate research into action, to translate pilot projects to large scale projects.

For injury prevention and safety promotion to be effective and create a safer future engagement will be key; this will include engaging with communities, politicians, researchers, people and other stakeholders. While research is important for developing the evidence base there is an ongoing need for action to ensure appropriate evidenced-based policy development, program delivery, increased funding, collaboration and development of future generations of injury prevention experts for a safer future.

Conference Objectives

Injury prevention and safety promotion is a maturing area. It involves many disciplines and interest groups who are active in diverse settings. The objectives of Safety 2020 are as follows:

  • Facilitating international information sharing and cooperation, and the further development of the science of injury prevention and safety promotion;

  • Provide evidence on good practices by which national progress in planning and development of injury prevention initiatives can be measured;

  • Create an environment for knowledge sharing, collaboration and relationship building, creating a ‘global injury prevention and safety promotion community’;

  • Encourage young researchers and health promotion practitioners to start developing a career in the injury prevention;

  • Recognise and encourage inter-sectoral liaison and collaboration, including encouraging and embracing diversity;

  • Develop the knowledge base of injury prevention practice; and

  • Connecting a growing number of professionals and stakeholders to the WHO policies for violence and injury prevention.

Target Audience

The Conference aims to facilitate global, inclusive and diverse conversations on addressing the gaps in injury prevention and safety promotion. Attendees will include policy makers, government officials, researchers, community and NGO workers, practitioners, academics, funders of prevention programs, safety officers, local council workers, workplace health and safety representatives, health professionals, drug and alcohol workers.

Local Host




The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is recognised as the principal non-government organisation for public health in Australia and works to promote the health and well-being of all Australians. The Association seeks better population health outcomes based on prevention, the social determinants of health and equity principles.

PHAA is a national organisation comprising around 1900 individual members and representing over 40 professional groups concerned with the promotion of health at a population level.

For more information please visit: www.phaa.net.au 





The World Health Organization (WHO) is the originator, together with its Collaborating Centers, of the series of World
Conferences on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion. The network of WHO Collaborating Centers for Violence and Injury
Prevention are represented though the International Organising Committee.

Principal Partners




Safety 2020 is proudly supported by Adelaide Convention Bureau, South Australian Government and The Adelaide Convention Centre as Principal Partners of the event.

Supporting Host








The Australasian University Safety Association (AUSA) is the professional safety association for the Higher Education and Research Sector in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. AUSA represents the needs of its members through publications, advice, government representation, networking, professional development and recognition.

AUSA is committed to ensuring a common approach to safety across the sector. We work closely with our counterparts in the UK and the USA to maintain consistency of campus and research safety around the world.

For more information please visit: https://www.ausa.org.au/

Supporting Host



The Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) is the peak body in Australia and New Zealand advocating for injury prevention and safety promotion. The AIPN represents injury researchers, policy makers and practitioners across Australia and New Zealand.


Through conferences, publications, events, advocacy activities and research, the Network benefits from its high profile, influential membership base of leading injury prevention researchers, and those working to reduce the incidence of injury and harm across Australia and New Zealand.

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