Essential Report

Associate Professor Brian Owler – Australian Medical Association

May 1, 2012

Professor Owler is a neurosurgeon and the face of the RTA’s “Choose Wisely” safety campaign. He is also a member of the NSW AMA Council.

He is Chair of the NSW AMA Hospital Practice Committee and a member of the Westmead Senior Clinical Council and the Westmead Medical Staff Council Executive.

Do public health campaigns work?

May 1, 2012

Dr Brian Owler gives his reasons for fronting a road safety campaign and the next issues in his sights.

The AIDS awareness campaign was the first graphic public health campaign of its kind — the Grim Reaper playing ten pin bowling with children, parents and old people.

Since then there’s been dozens more, targeting everything from anti-smoking to domestic violence. Associate professor Brian Owler is the face of the RTA’s “Choose Wisely” campaign.

He rejects the suggestion that these ads constitute a “nanny state” agenda and tells 3Q why more needs to be done on issues like building and pool safety in order to protect children.


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