Professor Rebecca Ivers
Head of School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney
Professor Rebecca Ivers is Head, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney. She graduated from UNSW with a degree in optometry in 1989 and has a master’s degree in public health and PhD from the University of Sydney. Professor Ivers leads a global research program focusing on the prevention and management of injury, with a particular focus on inequalities in injury in low income settings, and the prevention of injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In Australia, she has led large pragmatic trials across multiple areas of injury, and is currently leading NHMRC funded work on burn care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, focusing on patient outcomes and development of culturally safe models of care. Her work on development and implementation of driver licensing support programs for young Aboriginal people has directly influenced government funding of support programs across multiple states.
Her work has a strong focus on implementation, sustainability and capacity development. Professor Ivers has worked extensively with the World Health Organisation, and co-directs a WHO Collaborating Centre in Injury Prevention and Trauma Care. In 2014, she was named as winner in the Innovation category of the Australian Financial Review’s Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence. Professor Ivers was awarded the NHMRC achievement medal in 2007, Young Tall Poppy Award for Science in 2008, Australian Injury Prevention Network 2013 Award for Sustained Achievement, the NSW Public Health Associations' Public Health Impact Award 2014 and the NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship Award – Public Health in 2018.