Dr Rebecca Mitchell
BA (Psych), Macquarie University; MA (Psych), Sydney University; MOHS, Sydney University; PhD (UNSW)
Post-doctoral research fellow
Rebecca Mitchell is a Senior Research Fellow at Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research, has been working in the area of injury prevention for over 15 years, and has written and contributed to numerous reports, book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. Rebecca is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency and an injury epidemiologist. Rebecca's PhD on the 'Development and application of a tool to evaluate injury surveillance systems' was awarded best contribution to 'Advances on Injury Research and Surveillance' at the 9th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion in 2008. Recent research examining the cost of paediatric trauma was awarded the 'Best research oral presentation' at the Australasian Injury Prevention Conference in 2013.
Rebecca has extensive experience in analysing large injury-related administrative data collections (such as hospital admissions, emergency department presentations, trauma and mortality data) and linked data collections to investigate the burden of injury in Australia. She also has experience in the design of survey questions, having designed questions for NSW Ministry of Health's Population-based health survey. Her primary research interests include injury surveillance methods, data quality, evaluative tool development, trauma services research, and epidemiological and evaluation studies, particularly in the areas of road trauma, work-related injuries, water safety, and falls injury prevention.
Dr Mitchell was an APDI on an ARC-linkage grant to develop a tool to assess the human factors contribution to patient safety adverse events in hospitals. Dr Mitchell is currently the Chief Investigator (CI) on the second Population Health Research Network proof of concept project for national data linkage examining injury attributable health care use and mortality in Australia, and is CI on three projects examining road traffic causalities through data linkage funded by Transport for NSW and the NSW Motor Accidents Authority. Previously, Dr Mitchell has been the CI on a WorkCover NSW Applied Research grant that developed and assessed the usability of a tool to assess fleet safety management practices in light vehicles, CI on a project examining rock fishing safety in NSW, CI conducting an epidemiological review of surf sport injuries in Australia for Surf Life Saving Australia, and the CI on a research grant funded by NSW Ministry of Health and the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission that described the sub-acute and non-acute health service use of fallers and non-fallers following emergency department presentation and/or hospital admission using linked health data.
Previously, Rebecca has worked as the Acting Manager of the Injury Prevention and Policy Branch of the NSW Ministry of Health and as a Senior Officer in the Epidemiology Unit at the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC; now Safework Australia). While working at NOHSC, she was involved in an investigation of work-related fatalities in Australia, the development of positive performance indicators of OHS performance for the construction industry in Australia; the evaluation of the implementation of the National OHS Improvement Framework in Australia; and the evaluation of an 8 and 12 h shiftwork roster system.
All Rebecca's publications are here.