Submission to the road safety committee of the Victorian parliament - inquiry into serious injury

Stuart Newstead, Angelo D'Elia, Lesley Day, Angela Clapperton, David Logan, Bruce Corben

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The Parliament of Victoria Road Safety Committee is conducting an inquiry into the nature and extent of serious injury in motor vehicle accidents in Victoria. The Committee is seeking submissions from relevant government and non-government agencies, research and academic organisations and the community, addressing the Terms of Reference which are as follows:

(a) determine the appropriate methodology to identify the cost of a serious injury to the Victorian community and economy;
(b) identify processes, including the exchange of data and information between agencies, that will facilitate accurate, consistent and timely reporting of road related serious injuries;
(c) consider best practice definitions and measures of road related serious injury and injury severity, and recommend how road related serious injuries and their severity should be identified and reported in Victoria;
(d) determine the correlation between reductions in fatalities and serious injuries (including for different levels of severity) resulting from different road safety countermeasures;
(e) identify cost effective countermeasures to reduce serious injury occurrence and severity; and
(f) identify best practice in managing long term reductions in serious injury including raising the profile of the serious injury burden.

The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) was established in 1987 and over the past 20 years has become the peak Victorian road safety research agency. Over its history, MUARC has undertaken a range of research projects both directly and indirectly related to the terms of reference of the inquiry. Through this research work MUARC has also gained an extensive understanding of the processes within the Victorian agencies which support the collection, processing and access of key data sources which inform and facilitate the measurement and reporting of serious injury in Victorian road crashes. This knowledge and experience and the outcomes of relevant research projects undertaken by MUARC have been used to prepare this submission relating to Terms of Reference of the Inquiry.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationClayton Vic Australia
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • road safety
  • road trauma
  • Serious injury
  • Data
  • parliamentary committees

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