(Image: 2008 Pedal and Motor Cycle Helmet Performance Study brochure)
Thinking back to Dr Dinh's letter in the MJA and his claim that ‘this Sydney based study was the first to place motorcyclists and pedal cyclists side by side,’ I want to know why didn’t the media ask whatever happened to the University of New South Wales School of Safety Science’s Pedal and Motor Cycle Helmet Performance Study in 2008?
Was that study ever completed or was it affected by the confusing closure of the School of Risk and Safety Science?
Has that study been re-purposed into the new one mentioned by Dr Dinh, providing a reconditioned weapon for the helmet lobby in their quest for constant PR?
And just as it was troubling back then to discover that UNSW research staff also worked for one of UNSW’s study’s funding partners…
…so it is troubling now that a slick of oil can be seen behind the new combined pedal and motor cyclist helmet study. In the MJA, Dr Dinh notes that funding was provided by Institute of Injury and Trauma Management and St George Honda Trauma and Critical Care Research Programme.
Can information be objective when motor-vehicle companies are behind the research?
Could there be a conflict or a perceived conflict of interest?
Perhaps Honda could just stop making killing machines if they want to help?
Whatever, could our media please start quizzing the spin - because as I've mentioned before, that's what's doing the rounds at the moment...with their blessing.