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Draft Program Released!
Download the ARSC2016 Draft Program here!

(note: this is a Draft Program, and will remain subject to minor changes)
The ARSC2016 Scientific Sub-Committee and ARSC2016 Inviting Parties have been delighted with the response to  the Call for Abstracts for ARSC2016, ensuring a rigorous peer-review process has produced a first class conference program aimed at expediting road trauma reductions.

The Committee are now pleased to present the ARSC2016 Draft Program to all stakeholders, showcasing invited Keynote Speakers (more to be announced shortly), Plenary Panellists (more to come shortly), 10+ Symposia (90-minutes each), 35+ Concurrent Sessions consisting of 150 presentations, and 40+ poster presentations.  A very full 3-day event!

The 3-day conference Program covers the 5 major topic areas aligned to the United Nation's 5 Pillars of Road Safety:

  • Road Safety Management: includes Practice, Policy, Enforcement, Capacity Building, Safe Mobility, Work Related Road Safety Management, Safe System Approach, Insurance, Legislation and Law, advent and implications of new technologies (e.g. autonomous/driverless vehicles) and impacts on the wide umbrella of road safety management/policies, potentially moving towards a complex system approach, how to deal with the complexities of collecting reliable and uniform serious injury data, how we can connect better with international communities and approaches to encourage best road safety outcomes globally, current innovations and learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment, etc
  • Road Infrastructure (Safer Roads): includes Road Safety Barriers, Safer Roadsides, Safety Audits, Road Assessment Programs e.g. AusRAP, KiwiRAP, iRAP, integration and best practice implementation of new technologies, intelligent road infrastructure, smart roads, self-explaining roads, learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment etc;
  • Safer Vehicles: includes Crashworthiness, Seat Belt Technology, ITS technology, Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA), Interlocks (alcohol and seat belts), Crash Avoidance, Autonomous Vehicles, Heavy Vehicles, New Car Assessment Programs, Design Rules, Vulnerable Road User Protection Technology (helmets, body armour, airbags, etc), Conspicuity, how car manufacturers/consumers are responding to the increasing call for safer vehicles, current innovations and learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment etc;
  • Road User Behaviour: includes Speed, Drink Driving, Drug Driving, Distraction, Human Error, Fatigue, Pedestrian, Cyclist and Motorcyclist Safety, Young and Older Drivers, Community, Education and Training, integration of new technologies, current innovations and learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment etc;
  • Post-Crash Care, Data and Crash Analysis: rescue, EMS and rehabilitation, data collection and research methods, forensic crash investigation, current innovations and learning how to respond as quickly as possible in a dynamic environment etc.
On behalf of the ARSC2016 Scientific Sub-Committee and the ARSC2016 Inviting Partners, we thank you for the strong support being shown for ARSC2016 in order to expedite road trauma reductions.  We would also like to thank our Team of ARSC2016 Sub-Committees, as well as around 40 Conference Editors and 100+ Peer-Reviewers, who are ensuring a rigorous peer-review process brings you the best of the best papers, posters and presentations aimed at reducing road trauma.

ARSC Scientific Sub-Committee Co-Chairs:

ARSC2016 Inviting Partners:
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A spotlight on ARSC2016 Symposia

As part of the program for ARSC2016, and thanks to the high level of interest from the road safety community, we are delighted to present a strong program of symposia aimed at expediting road trauma reduction both regionally and internationally. Symposium sessions are each programmed to run for 90 minutes and will typically include 3-4 speakers who cover a particular theme and are hand picked by each symposium organiser to provide all delegates with an engaging and educational experience.



A selection of symposia accepted for presentation at ARSC2016 include the following:

  1. The Real Cost of Serious Injury

    Trauma is a significant public health problem and a major cause of death and disability in Australia, with young persons being the most affected.  

    The ‘costs’ of trauma are extensive and intrusive, including human, social and financial costs. The health costs are also considerable, especially road transport related trauma, which accounts for more than half of the trauma surgery undertaken in Australia.

    The symposium will explore the cost of patient care and the provision of adequate resources from the cost to the patient, their families and the community as well as hospitals, health providers and third party insurers.  Topics will include the need for leadership in areas of trauma prevention (especially for youth, quad bike users and all road users), decision-making in the operation theatre and effective and meaningful data collection.

  2. Gruen Transfer: The Road Safety Pitch - A fresh lens on road safety

    This symposium brings together road safety pitches developed by university students in answer to the brief ‘how do we tackle the sense of entitlement on Australians roads?’ Students tackle the issue of how we can help people start to move from the attitude of, ‘to get where I want’ to ‘everyone getting to where they want safely’. The Gruen Transfer, the ABC television program, is the model for this symposium that will also include a facilitated discussion on the content of the student pitches with an expert panel and people’s choice award.

    The winner will be awarded:
    AGF Safe Together trophy
    online distribution of winning video clip
    one hour workshop with the Creative Directors from a leading Australian ad agency

    Entry details:
    Duration:  The clip should be a maximum of 90 seconds.
    Format:  Video – uploaded to a YouTube account.  YouTube uses 16:9 aspect ratio player.

    The clip must incorporate the Amy Gillett Foundation logo, and the ARSC 2016 logo, in the last shot of the clip. The logos can be downloaded here.    The clip must adhere to the Commercial TV Code of Practice


    Deadline: Entries must be received no later than 5pm Monday 25th July 2016.  For more information contact:

  3. Australian Road Safety Applied in Low and Middle-Income Countries

    Australian road safety has been increasingly drawn on by international bodies. The Global Plan for the Decade of Action is underpinned by the Safe System principles developed in Australia and first adopted by the Australian Transport Council.  Many prominent Australian road safety professionals now head important international agencies for road safety including the World Bank, iRAP, and the Global Road Safety Partnership as well as being lead authors in key guidance documents on road safety interventions.

    The purpose of this symposium is to provide a session for Conference delegates to explore the possibilities, challenges and benefits of applying Australian road safety practices in low and middle-income countries. This would focus on Pillar 1 of the Global Plan, road safety management. The specific topics will include: the science of Australian road safety, institutional strengthening and interagency collaboration, and safe system applications in Australia.

  4. Building Capacity for Road Safety and Taking Responsibility
    Improving road safety results requires multi-disciplinary actions, which are often poorly coordinated. There tends to be an overemphasis on blaming the road user, and the responsibility of research, infrastructure, vehicles, technology and trauma care as well as the total cost to the community is not well recognized nor given equal or even a higher priority within the system. The role of management of the total system, or the interactions within the system, and hence the allocation of responsibility is clouded. Who should, or who can build the capacity necessary for that interaction and how will we allocate reduction responsibility targets?
    At the 2015 ARSC a Symposium “Who is Responsible for Road Safety” mostly concluded that road safety should be included within a much broader community safety agenda, a collaborative leadership model between all the participants in a safe system was needed, we should promote and advocate the benefits of successful programs and determine “who should or could take responsibility?” The last question remained unanswered. This symposium will seek to identify the capacity of the various pillars within the Safe System to specific areas of responsibility and accountability in discussion to consider how to join the pillars to gain synergy, and hence more reductions in road trauma by collaboration with many governments, business and the community.

  5. Driver Licensing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People; Challenges and Opportunities
    For many Australians, obtaining a driver’s licence is a relatively straightforward process, however Aboriginal people can face significant barriers. These include lack of formal identification documents, the high cost of driving lessons, and lack of suitable supervisory drivers for learners. These issues can be compounded in regional and remote areas by limited access to licensing services in these locations. Consequently, many Aboriginal communities have few licensed drivers, which places undue burden on licensed drivers to provide transportation for other community members and impedes access to employment and healthcare services.
    This symposium will discuss challenges in delivery of licensing support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and solutions to overcome these. There are multiple grass-root community programs as well as Government programs emerging across Australia and this symposium will provide an opportunity to highlight both program strengths and best practice.

  6. Supporting Organisations to Encourage Safe Mobile Phone Use by Workers Whilst Driving

    The mobile phone has revolutionised the way we communicate. It has not only permeated every facet of our lives – work, personal and social – but has brought them together into the one space. And because our mobiles are always at arm’s reach, they have the potential to impact on everything we do, including driving a car.  Using a mobile phone while driving is a growing and concerning behaviour for businesses, organisations and the community at large.
    Businesses have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment and the car and phone are often crucial tools. This symposium presents the policies, procedures and research to promote employer and worker compliance with Australia’s driving laws based on education and awareness and providing practical advice to drivers on how to minimise distraction risks.  The National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) established a Working Group to guide organisations and the wider public on the safe use of mobile phones in vehicles.

  7. Road Safety's Family Feud

    This interactive symposium is based on the format from the television program Family Feud and engages delegates of the 2016 Australasian Road Safety conference.

    The host will lead two teams consisting of volunteer conference delegates through a series of questions where the team members suggest an answer. Questions in the symposium will directly address the conference themes of: agility, innovation, impact. The responses to the survey will be collated and presented as the ‘survey responses’ in the symposium.

    In the weeks leading up to the conference, conference delegates will be asked to complete a short online survey asking them to answer questions on the following themes:

    -   What action has made the biggest impact on making roads safe in Australasia?
    -   What is the next big issue that we need to tackle to reduce road trauma?
    -   How do we ensure that road safety is a priority for Governments?
    -   How do we encourage innovative thinking in road safety?

    This format builds on a session held by the Australasian College of Road Safety, Victorian Chapter in 2015. While the format is entertaining, the questions address some of the big issues road safety in an innovative and interactive session for participants. Further, greater audience participation sparked discussions and engagement amongst participants. The session will also demonstrate the value of ACRS membership and the collegial environment of the state chapters.

  8. Safe System Transformation for Pedestrians

    Walking has been being promoted in Victoria, as a green mode of transport with proven public health benefits. It is shown that lack of safety, both perceived and actual, is a major barrier against take up of walking. Moreover, the anticipated increase in walking levels will result in even more pedestrian deaths and serious injuries if pedestrian risk is not addressed. The Victorian Government has pledged itself to fund pedestrian safety measures in Victoria.
    The main purpose is to investigate how the Safe System principles can be translated into practical applications for pedestrians. A practical guide developed in Victoria will be presented and discussed. Furthermore, a few common challenges that pedestrian safety practitioners encounter, namely: identifying highly effective pedestrian measures, studying spatial distribution of pedestrian severe casualties and developing comprehensive, Safe System complaint pedestrian safety programs, are discussed through presenting relevant case studies from Victoria.

  9. How Does Road Infrastructure Integrity Save Lives

    The integrity of road infrastructure is a key pillar in providing safer roads. While funding for new roads is applauded and widely publicized there is a need to ensure these projects and existing roads continue to deliver a safe environment for road traffic.  This infrastructure maintenance investment can be delivered at a fraction of the fatality/ injury costs by implementing an innovative and strategic identification and maintenance program.

    From 2008 to 2013, there were 1,480 fatalities and 100,413 people injured on roads managed by regional local councils in NSW. With the total economic cost to regional communities averaging between $995 million and $2.5 billion per year, there is an urgent need to address safety standards of our local roads.  (NRMA Report 2014).  This symposium provides the opportunity to consider the input of a broad range of road safety infrastructure stakeholders representing the road users, managers and innovation providers.

  10. Autonomous, semi-autonomous and existing vehicles: What will be the impact on road safety results and when?

    A recent Infrastructure Australia Plan (February 2016) states; “Over coming decades, the greater automation of vehicles is likely to require a growing network of devices and sensors in and around roadways. The automation of vehicles is well-underway, with many new vehicles including various technologies to assist drivers or override controls when an accident or loss of traction is detected…The technology can enable drivers to use their time more productively, prevent accidents, save fuel, reduce emissions, raise average speeds and expand the capacity of roads and parking facilities through assisted driving and self-parking.

    The Infrastructure Plan fails to outline any specific actions, any quantifiable benefits, or any timetable for the “prevention of accidents” by the introduction of the automation of vehicles. The Plan does state; “that increasingly complex vehicle and data collection systems increase barriers for consumers to fully understand the benefits and costs of adopting new technologies. Governments should ensure developments provide benefits for all road users, and mandate manufacturers provide objective information on vehicle technologies and their use of consumer-generated data.” This Symposium will discuss these issues to encourage commitment to the introduction of automation actions to obtain tangible reduction in road crash trauma.

  11. The MUARC-TAC Enhanced Crash Investigation Study: Early findings from the case and control data

    The MUARC-TAC Enhanced Crash Investigation Study (ECIS) is a multidisciplinary case-control in-depth crash investigation study that seeks to understand the factors associated with serious injury crashes in Victoria.   Over a three-year period, the ECIS will investigate 400 serious injury crashes and obtain over 4,000 control datasets from drivers who are observed driving through case-crash sites.   These data will provide invaluable insights in to factors which contribute to serious crash.

    In this symposium, we present early findings from the ECIS case and control data. In particular, the findings from the first 200 serious injury cases are summarised, focusing on crash types and contributing factors. We also highlight the value of the ECIS methodology in using real-world crash and speed data to evaluate the safety performance of roundabout design. Further, control data are presented highlighting the range of activities drivers report while driving and examining the relationships these share with factors such as driver fatigue and observed free travel speed.
Latest Invited Speakers Announced

Invited Speakers are confirming on a daily basis
Please check the Conference Website for updates!

The ARSC2016 Organising Committee are delighted to announce our first four high-profile speakers for ARSC2016, and look forward to announcing further speakers shortly!

More invited speakers to be announced shortly!



Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC, Governor-General of Australia

The ARSC2016 Inviting Parties, the Australasian College of Road Safety, Austroads and The George Institute for Global Health, are delighted to announce that the Australasian College of Road Safety Patron, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC, has accepted our invitation to speak at the ARSC2016 Welcome Reception to be held in the ANZAC Gallery at the Australian War Memorial on Tuesday 6 September 2016.

In Sir Peter’s words….

Paying it forward’.  In many ways that is a succinct expression of the major obligation of our existence.  Doing things now for the protection and upliftment of relatively helpless future generations, which either don’t exist yet or are presently too young to take action themselves….“.

An excerpt of Sir Peter’s address at the 2014 ACRS Award ceremony is below…. 

“(after personally witnessing a road crash with multiple casualties)… looking in the cars to see who was what, just to see all those injuries was a horrible thing. And this for a soldier who is used to, through my calling, to seeing horrible sights.

You know we sent a whole lot of doctors and nurses up to the tsunami that hit Papa New Guinea in 1998… it was like a giant casualty ward with traffic accidents. They referred to the action of the water, the high velocity and the power of it – picking people up and ramming them into things. It sounded a lot like a traffic accident.

The same remark was repeated to me after the Asian tsunami when we again sent people up to Indonesia, and the scale of that was even greater. And of course, when we go off to war we see all those poor soldiers who have been blown up, shot, and they come in for urgent life-saving treatment. The surgeons we send from Australia are those who have to deal routinely with road accidents, because that’s the greatest similarity.

“So it’s an innocent war on our roads, isn’t it.”
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, November 2014

We look forward to Sir Peter joining us at ARSC2016, helping us all to maintain our enthusiasm to increase the momentum of our collaborative road trauma reduction efforts.



Dr Soames Job: Global Road Safety Lead, The World Bank (Washington DC)

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Soames has played a key role in road safety in Australia and consulted extensively in global road safety for many governments and lead organizations (World Health Organization, International Standards Organization, United Nations, Global Road Safety Partnership, OECD, World Bank and multi-lateral banks) in around 50 countries and states. Soames has held many key road safety leadership roles:

  • Global Lead for Road Safety and Head of GRSF, World Bank (current appointment)
  • Executive Director of the National Road Safety Council of Australia,
  • National President (and Fellow) of the Australasian College of Road Safety,
  • Chair of the National Road Safety Executive Group,
  • Principal of Global Road Safety Solutions,
  • Director of the New South Wales Centre for Road Safety,
  • Adjunct Professor in Road Safety at the University of New South Wales, and
  • Director of the Health and Safety Psychology Research Unit at the University of Sydney.

Soames has a record of successful road safety delivery with large reductions in road trauma, and research delivery with over 400 scientific publications, global standards, and guidelines.  Mainly as a member of a team Soames has won over 20 awards in road safety.



Professor Mark Stevenson: Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health, University of Melbourne

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Professor Mark Stevenson is an epidemiologist and Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health at the University of Melbourne.  He is a National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) Fellow, an Honorary Professor at the Peking University Health Science Centre, China, and an advisor on injury to the Director General of the World Health Organisation.

Prof Stevenson has worked on numerous national and international projects that have directly influenced transport policy and has worked with both Federal and State Governments in Australia and internationally. He has led many research groups and is internationally recognized in the field of transport safety and public health. Prof Stevenson is the director of the newly established Urban Design, Transport and Health research hub  comprising a cross-disciplinary research team exploring how the effects of urban form and transportation influence the health of the residents of cities.


Dr Sarah Jones: Group Manager for Road Transport Compliance, Toll Group

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Dr Sarah Jones is the Group Manager for Road Transport Compliance at Toll Group.  Toll is Australia’s largest mover of freight and an industry safety leader. Dr Jones is one of the country’s foremost regulatory analysts in chain of responsibility.  She was formerly the Director of Compliance and Technology at the National Transport Commission.

Sarah’s ground-breaking work on the relationship between the heavy vehicle national law and compliance led to her being named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review. She is also an award-winning writer whose essays and opinion pieces have appeared in The Age, The Drum, The Guardian, Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, Overland and Kill Your Darlings.


Your ARSC2016 participation underpins international efforts!

ARSC2016 - Supporting the Goals of the

UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

The Governments of Australia and New Zealand, together with all road safety stakeholders, maintain a firm commitment to the aims of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.  Following the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety in Brazil in November 2015, the resulting adoption of the 'Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety' offers renewed impetus for governments to work together to achieve the ambitious target outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to halve road traffic deaths and injuries by 2020.

In support of these urgent global priorities, the ARSC2016 International sub-Committee are delighted to announce the generous support of the Australian federal government - the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development - who have just confirmed funding of $30,000 to support the participation of delegates from Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) at ARSC2016.  
This is wonderful news!  
This participation is aimed at supporting capacity development within LMIC's to reduce levels of road trauma. This funding supports that already shown by Conference Founding Partners ACRS and Austroads, who have joined with the Global Road Safety Partnership to initally offer several ARSC2016 scholarships for stakeholders from LMIC's.  We look forward to announcing the multiple scholarship recipients shortly, and more importantly to welcoming these participants to ARSC2016.

The International sub-Committee is also facilitating capacity development for road safety in LMIC's through a specific program at the Conference.  More information on this program will follow shortly. 

For further information on LMIC Scholarships or the specific LMIC program at ARSC2016, please visit the ARSC2016 Conference Website  or contact:

Ms Lori Mooren
Chair, ARSC2016 International sub-Committee 

Our sincere thanks go to all members of the ARSC2016 International sub-Committee for their efforts. In addition, all conference delegates, presenters and supporters should feel proud that their participation at ARSC2016 helps to ensure the continuation of vital outreach programs such as this, as well as supporting the 'bigger picture' inherent in the goals of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.    

Thank you for your continued support!

Scholarship Supporters – Thank you!

The LMIC Scholarships are only made possible thank to the generous support of our scholarship sponsors, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), as well as Conference Founding Partners: the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) and Austroads.


About the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development:

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is responsible for the design and implementation of the Australian Government’s infrastructure, transport and regional development policies and programmes.

We work to:

  • promote, evaluate, plan and invest in infrastructure and regional development;
  • foster an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system;
  • facilitate local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; and
  • provide good governance in the Australian territories.

The Department is at the forefront of the Australian Government’s efforts to secure Australia’s economic future and improve living standards.  These efforts are achieved through infrastructure planning, strategic investment in transport infrastructure, transport system reform, regulation of transport safety and security, and strategic development of policies and programmes. The Department assists Australia’s regions and communities to strengthen their economic base and provides non-self-governing territories with community services and capital investment.




About GRSP:  

The Global Road Safety Partnership is dedicated to the sustainable reduction of road-crash death and injury in low- and middle-income countries, which suffer 90 per cent of the 1.3 million annual deaths and 50 million serious injuries that arise from road crashes.

Our role is to create and support multi-sector road safety Partnerships that are engaged with front-line good practice road safety interventions in countries and communities throughout the world. We play a powerful role in capacity building and training of road safety practitioners, engage actively in advocacy at all levels, provide road safety programme coordination at the global level and are a recognised expert source of road safety knowledge and good practice.


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Thank you to our recently joined supporters!

We are delighted to announce our most recent supporters:

Recently confirmed conference partners include:

LMIC Scholarship Major Supporter - Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; Satchel Sponsor - Transport Accident CommissionExhibitors - Draeger Medical Australia, Ingal Civil Products, Australian Construction Products, Orafol Australia, Pathtech; Supporter - Traffic Management Association of Australia

Thank you to all of our conference partners who are getting in early to showcase their generous support!


Thank you to every organisation who has taken up partnerships with the conference this year - without you the conference would not be shaping up to be such a successful event, able to save more lives and injuries on our roads:

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Sponsorship Opportunities - Showcase your Support!



Prestigious Gala Dinner and Welcome Reception Sponsorships still available!

Imagine your organisation singularly showcased at a gala event at Australia’s iconic Parliament House or Australian War Memorial to 600 key stakeholders in Australasian road safety including policy-makers, industry, researchers, practitioners, etc.  The unique sponsorship opportunities of Naming Rights to the Conference Gala Dinner or Welcome Reception remain open for as little as $18,000.  You couldn’t host a similar event for this price or to such an influential guest list. 

Australia’s Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove will speak at the Welcome Reception and Australasia's most Presitgious Road Safety Awards will be presented at the Dinner.  Be quick - grab these unique sponsorship opportunities before they’re gone!

Funds to spare?

As the end of financial year approaches and budgets are set for the new year, prioritise remaining funds to showcase your organisation at the largest road safety conference in the Southern Hemisphere.  Limited opportunities remain, including:

  • Conference Dinner Sponsorship ($18,000)
  • Welcome Reception Sponsorship ($18,000)
  • Gold Keynote Plenary Session Sponsorship ($15,000)
  • Icecream Station Sponsorship ($11,000)
  • Soft Drink Station Sponsorship ($11,000)
  • Scientific Session Sponsorship ($10,000)
  • Conference Lunch Sponsorship ($10,000)
  • Bottled Water Sponsorship ($6,000)
  • Coffee Break Sponsorship ($5,000)
  • Symposium Sponsorship ($5,000)
  • Exhibition Booth ($3,750)
  • Supporter Sponsorship ($2,500)
  • Notepad and/or Pen Sponsorship ($1,500)
  • Handbook Advertisements ($550 - $890)
  • Satchel Inserts ($550)

Options are selling fast and the trade exhibition sold out last year leaving a number of keen exhibitors unable to participate - don't delay, secure your place TODAY!

To find out more please contact:

Jude Williams
ARSC2016 Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager




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