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Dr James Harrison is an injury epidemiologist and public health physician and holds a degree in medicine from Melbourne University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.
James directs the Research Centre for Injury Studies at Flinders University, in South Australia and is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the university. The Research Centre operates the National Injury Surveillance Unit (NISU) of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), which he also directs.
He has been actively involved with the development of the International Classification of External Causes of Injury (ICECI) since its inception, and is a member of the ICECI Coordination and Development Group. He is also a longstanding active participant in the International Collaborative Effort on Injury Statistics, convened by the US National Center for Health Statistics.
Areas of research interest include injury prevention and control and methods and infrastructure for public health surveillance and evaluation, including classifications. His research and publications deal with many aspects of injury, including road safety, the safety of Indigenous Australians, suicide and self-harm, alcohol and injury, occupational safety, sports injury and the safety of health care. He is a member of the WHO Revision Steering Group for the International Classification of Diseases, with responsibility for the injury and external causes chapters, and is co-leader of the Injury Expert Group in the Global Burden of Diseases 2010 project.