Reporter: Bridie Jabour
July 6, 2012
In a perfect world, Alex Markwell would never again have to tell a family their teenage child would never walk again, or worse, was dead because they did not wear a seatbelt in a speeding car.
Or they drank too much and walked out in front of a car while partying in Fortitude Valley.
Or they got into a car with a drink-driver. Advertisement: Story continues below
Dr Markwell, 33, took up the post of president of the Queensland branch of the Australian Medical Association two weeks ago.
While the transition is her immediate focus, Dr Markwell's passion was to bring to an end the tragic accidents that were so easily preventable.
By definition, easily preventable accidents should be easy to stop, but as an emergency physician Dr Markwell had treated too many terribly injured people – especially young people – to think the problem has a simple solution.