Introducing the Kidsafe Queensland Board Members.

Kidsafe Queensland Board President Ruth Barker.

Dr Ruth Barker, MBBS, FRACPaeds, MPH


Ruth is an Emergency Paediatrician and Director of the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU) based at the Jamieson Trauma Institute.

Ruth utilises her 30 years of clinical paediatric/ emergency experience and understanding of injury surveillance data to advocate for injury prevention through education and legislative/ policy change in a variety of fields.

Ruth has provided expert opinion in Coronial matters relating to button battery and pool immersion fatalities.

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Professor Kerrianne Watt (PhD; BSc (Hons Psych))

Board Member

Professor Watt is an Epidemiologist with a background in research methods and evidence-based practice. She has specific expertise in injury epidemiology and the prehospital/ emergency sector.

Kerrianne is Principal Research Manager at Queensland Ambulance Service. Her research has a strong translational focus in line with her ethos to increase the capacity of health professionals in the prehospital/ emergency sector to conduct, engage with and interpret high quality research to improve clinical practice, ultimately improving the health and wellbeing of the community.  

Kerrianne was President of the Australian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) for 4 years. She is passionate about improving safety in children, to reduce the burden and consequence of injuries they sustain.

Kidsafe Queensland Board Member Emma Raymond

Emma Raymond BSc Grad Cert BA Grad Dip BA MBA (Distinction)


Emma is an experienced finance and business manager with over a decade’s experience in the health and research sectors. She specialises in the financial and accounting management of grants, clinical trials, fee-for-service models and the establishment of research institutes. 

She is an expert in biobanking having established multiple state and national biobanks including the Australian Autism Biobank, the Australasian Skin Cancer Tissue Bank and the Queensland Brain Tumour Bank. Emma is the Business Manager of Research & Implementation at the RBWH.

Kidsafe Queensland Board member Professor Richard Franklin

Professor Richard Franklin, PhD, FACTM, FPHAA, FARL, MSocSc, BSc

Board Member

Professor Franklin is an experienced board member of not-for-profit organizations and also has extensive experience as a researcher, teacher and program deliverer in the injury prevention and safety promotion area.

He is internationally recognised for his work in drowning prevention, farm safety, child safety and public health approaches to disasters.

Professor Franklin is a Professor of Public Health at James Cook University where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students using examples from his volunteer work on boards to engage students in real-world challenges and solutions.

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Graham Cox

Board Member

Graham Cox has 30 years extensive experience working within the Global Company Britax. As well as extensive knowledge within the child restraint arena Graham has 30 years marketing and business experience assisting numerous small to medium companies in their business development.