Chapter Representatives

Chair Jeff Potter
Vice Chairperson Kathryn Collier
Secretary / Treasurer Wendy Taylor
Comms & Social Media Melinda Spiteri
Committee Members Kenn Beer, Samantha Buckis, Stephanie Davy, Ashim Debnath, Kelly Imberger, Chris Harrison, Shaun Lennard, Sharon Newman, Blair Turner





October 15, 2019 – Save the date – Victoria Chapter 2019 ACRS Adelaide Conference review


Upcoming events: 


Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Symposium ‘Pedestrians – Staying Safe’, November 13, 2019

Dr Valerie Malka, Director of Trauma, Liverpool Hospital is convening this year’s trauma symposium which will explore the scope of the problem, risk factors and prevention strategies.  The Program includes alcohol involvement, distraction, scooters, speed, hospital care, tips, public health, education, policing, road and vehicle issues, and city design.  Audience – trauma specialists, paramedics, nurses, engineers, police, government.

Venue: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
250 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC, 3002

Cost: $165

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Impact of Major Infrastructure Projects on Community Road Safety, August 15, 2019


1.45-2.15 – Refreshments and networking

2.15-2.20 - Welcome from ACRS Victorian Chapter Chair Jeff Potter

Speaker session facilitated by Kenn Beer

2.20-2.45 – Development of Moray Street bike infrastructure

Lachlan-Lee Archer - Operations Manager Surface Transport & Modelling, Rail Projects Victoria

Tana Tan – Research and Evaluations Lead, Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd

The project upgraded the Moray Street bike path to provide cyclists with a safe and reliable alternative north-south route during Metro Tunnel works on St Kilda Road. The upgraded roundabouts include prioritised and separated raised pedestrian/bike crossings. The presentation will discuss the development of this project and also the evaluation of its operation.

2.45-3.10 - Reducing Road Trauma through Infrastructure Measures
Aura Dimacali – Development Technical Lead - Safe System Road Infrastructure Program (SSRIP)

The Safe System Road Infrastructure Program (SSRIP) is a partnership between the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and VicRoads (now the Department of Transport) to plan and build road safety improvements to reduce road trauma. SSRIP is an integral part of the Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan 2016-2020 which sets the course for achieving the Victorian Government’s vision of no person killed or seriously injured on our roads. The presentation will provide an overview of the current Safe System Road Infrastructure Programs and how we are helping to save Victorian lives.

3.10-3.30 – Break and networking

3.30-3.55 Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCs)
Dr Blair Turner - Chief Technology Leader for Transport Safety at the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB)

Currently across Australia there are billions of dollars worth of transport infrastructure projects under development in the urban centres of major cities. These projects will significantly increase heavy vehicle movements and as a result exposure to vulnerable road user interactions raising the need for action to improve safety outcomes for vulnerable road users (VRUs). This presentation outlines work to develop a nationally consistent framework to deliver safer interactions between construction vehicles and VRUs. This framework is based on  Transport for London’s Construction and Logistics in Community Safety (CLOCS), recognised as international best practice in this area of safety. This presentation will provide an overview of this framework as well as progress to date in its adaptation to Australia.

3.55-4.00 Wrap up

4pm-5pm – ACRS Victorian Chapter Committee meeting

15 August 2019
2pm arrival for a 2.15pm start
City of Melbourne Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens
Dudley Street, West Melbourne

This event is free for ACRS members
Non-member fee is $33 inc. GST

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Science and Road Safety Forum – 6 June 2019

In 2017, two Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards proudly went to Australia.

One was awarded to The Australasian Road Safety College (ACRS) for Road Safety Advocacy, while the other was
jointly awarded to VicRoads and Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd for their joint programme, “Making Roads Motorcycle-

In celebration of this, participants have been given the opportunity to listen and participate in a Q&A with guest
speaker Johan Strandroth, the overseer of the development of Victoria’s next Road Safety Strategy. Followed by a
panel session with industry leaders in Science and Road Safety, containing valuable insights into the development of
Safer Roads and future Road Safety Strategy.

Meet and exchange ideas with others seeking to create better roads for our communities, gain valuable industry
insights and improve your knowledge on current and future Road Safety Strategy. Ensure you attend, and be part of
the change.

Guest Speaker 

Johan Strandroth – Road Safety Vision Zero: The Science and the Technology

Johan Strandroth is a civil engineer from Sweden with a Master and PhD in Machine and Vehicle Safety Systems. Before moving to Victoria, he worked as a senior road safety adviser and researcher with the Swedish Transport Administration. Methodologies developed in his research make up the foundation of the analytical framework and target management system for Sweden’s road safety strategy.

In Victoria, Johan has been the Safe System Lead-in VicRoads and TAC’s Safe System Road Infrastructure Program and holds the position of Project Director at the Department of Transport, overseeing the development of
Victoria’s next Road Safety Strategy.


The Royal Society of Victoria

8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000


3:30 – Afternoon Tea

4:00 – Welcome by RSV Representative

4:05 – Welcome by VicRoads Representative

4:10 – Welcome by ACRS Representative

4:20 – Keynote talk by Johan Strandroth – Road Safety Vision Zero: The Science and the Technology

5:05 – Panel Session and facilitated forum

Facilitator: Kenn Beer

Panellists: Johan Strandroth, Marilyn Johnson, Dave Shelton, Max Lay and Samantha Cockfield

6:00 – Cocktail Party

Cost (Per Person, GST Inclusive)

Registration Fee $50

(Includes afternoon tea and cocktail party)

Complimentary attendance for ACRS Members & Prince Michael Award Certificate Holders (Registration Essential)

More information here.


ACRS Victoria Chapter Seminar

What’s new in Road Safety and What are the next steps for Victoria?

Tuesday 27th November 2018

City of Melbourne Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens

Dudley Street, West Melbourne


2:00 – 4:00pm Seminar

4:00 – 5:00pm Chapter Meeting (All ACRS Members Welcome)

Find out more here


ACRS Drink and Drug-Driving Seminar

Exploring Road Safety Together


Tuesday 14 August 2018

2:00pm – 5:00pm

City of Melbourne Bowls Club
Flagstaff Gardens (Dudley Street)
West Melbourne

Light afternoon tea provided


Free for ACRS members
$30 non-members
Register Now
Victoria Police drink and drug-driving testing regimeMichael Larcart
Acting Senior Sergeant, Victoria Police
Michael has been with Victoria Police for 18 years. He initially established a good grounding in general duties  policing in both metropolitan and country Victori and for the past 11 years has been attached to Road Policing Drug and Alcohol Section (RPDAS). In more recent times Michael has been active in the training an research area of RPDAS responsible for the organisational training of police officers dealing with impaired drivers. His talk today is around the operational application and effectiveness of the Roadside Drink and Drug Testing Program by Victoria Police.
Crash risks and prevalence of drug-drivingMichael Fitzharris
Associate Professor Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)
Michael leads the Regulation and In-depth Crash Investigation team at MUARC and works with the Injury Outcomes Research Unit. Michael has a particular interest in understanding factors associated with crashes occurring and how data can drive road safety policy. His recent research has focused on the serious injury crashes through the TAC funded Enhanced Crash Investigation Study (ECIS) and a multi-year Illicit Drugs and Driving study, funded through MUARC’s Baseline program. Michael has previously lived and worked in Southern Africa for a number of years and he has extensive international road safety experience. Michael will represent a research update on crash risks associated with illicit drug-driving and will discuss new policy moves from overseas.
Victorian Government new drink and drug-driving regimeSharon Wishart
Senior Policy Officer, VicRoads

Sharon is a Senior Policy Officer with VicRoads. Sharon has been the Project Manager for the recently introduced drink and drug-driving law reforms, including development of the new drink and drug-driver behaviour change program and movement of program management to VicRoads. Sharon majored in Sociology and has extensive experience in road safety, behaviour change programs for mandated clients, community road safety programs and stakeholder engagement.
Preventing drink-driving fatalities through technology Helen Reddan – Project Manager, Road Safety, Policy and Technical, TAC  
Helen has worked for nearly twenty years in Drug and Alcohol, including case management, education and policy across numerous tertiary, non-Government and Government organisations. Since beginning at the TAC in early 2017, Helen has developed a particular interest in interventions that aim to reduce the number of alcohol impaired drivers on Victorian roads. Helen is currently working on two major technical projects that have the potential to interrupt incidences of drink-driving. Helen will present on these two technologies and provide an update on Victorian trials.
Our mailing address is:

ACRS Victoria Chapter

PO Box 229

Gisborne  VIC  3438





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