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The Injury Prevention Research Unit (IPRU) is part of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago. Since 1990, the goal of IPRU has been to undertake research that contributes to reducing the incidence, severity and adverse consequences of injury in New Zealand (https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/ipru/).


We have a range of injury-related Masters and PhD topics available using data from the Prospective Outcomes of Injury (https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/ipru/research/pois) and Subsequent Injury Studies (https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/ipru/subsequent-injury-study-sins).

Potential topics involve areas such as: costs of injury, specific types of injury (e.g. head injury), different mechanisms of injury (e.g. sport, motor vehicle), particular settings (e.g. home, road) or specific risk factors (e.g. alcohol, psychological, socio-demographic). Candidates could also focus on outcomes for Māori (n=566) or Pacific participants (n=239). Candidates would need to reside in or near Dunedin, where IPRU and supervisors are based, while studying.

Enrolment fees are available for suitable Masters candidates making these Masters qualifications ‘fees-free’.


Dr Helen Harcombe:


Professor Sarah Derrett:


For further information please contact:

Dr Helen Harcombe: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.