Provincial Conference Returns to Toronto



    
    Ontario Injury Prevention Conference program set to break new ground for
    2008
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - The Ontario Injury Prevention Conference (OIPC)
will return to Toronto in 2008 with a ground-breaking conference program, it
was announced today. Prominent educators, researchers, leaders and policy
makers from across Ontario will gather for the three-day conference that will
explore the latest research, science and innovations in injury prevention. A
case-study approach to All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) safety will be a featured
stream in the conference program.
    OIPC 2008 will take place November 16-18, 2008 and feature two dynamic
keynote speakers: award-winning author and Globe and Mail reporter - André
Picard, and best-selling author and founder of Environics Research Group -
Michael Adams.
    The OIPC is led by the Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre at
SMARTRISK in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, the
Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and the
Ontario Public Health Association. The 12th annual conference will also
feature over 25 sessions and workshops with a focus on policy-making,
programming, partnerships, social change, the environment and sustainability.
    "The McGuinty Government welcomes the Ontario Injury Prevention
Conference to Toronto," said Minister of Health Promotion Margarett Best.
"Ensuring innovative policies and programs are discussed during such
conferences is fundamental to preventing injuries and saving the lives of
Ontarians".
    "This conference brings together injury prevention leaders and
practitioners to exchange ideas and identify effective strategies to address
preventable injuries for Ontarians," says Bob Baker, President and CEO,
SMARTRISK. "Injury poses one of the greatest economic burdens on the province
at more than $5.7 billion annually. Yet we know that most injuries are
predictable and preventable. Our commitment for 2008 is to explore new
frontiers of injury prevention and seek out leading-edge solutions that can be
implemented by injury prevention practitioners in Ontario communities."
    The title sponsor for this year's conference is State Farm Mutual
Automobile Insurance Company.
    "As a good neighbour, State Farm is proud to be the title sponsor of this
year's conference. Making our communities, our roads, and our homes safer
places are longstanding initiatives supported by State Farm. We believe the
work done by those attending the conference in the field of injury prevention
is an extension of that goal," said Bob Cooke, Senior Vice President for State
Farm.
    For 2008, OIPC will feature a specific ATV stream where participants are
invited to contribute to the development of a multifactorial and multi-sector
approach to ATV injuries. Dr. Phil Groff, Director of Research and Evaluation
at SMARTRISK states that, "ATV injuries are a growing issue among individuals
of all ages and all demographics. We believe that an evidence-based approach
can be taken to address ATV injuries in the Province. This stream at OIPC 2008
will be an important milestone for Ontario injury prevention stakeholders for
any injury issue because the ATV case study work will be designed to serve as
a model for an evidence-based approach to any injury prevention issue."
    OIPC 2008 will be held in downtown Toronto at the Courtyard by Marriott.
Registration is now open online at www.oipc.org for delegates and exhibitors.
    For full program information visit: www.oipc.org.





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