Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Monash University Accident Research Centre: Preventing Injury, Saving Lives

(Figure Caption: Logo of the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). Source: http://www.monash.edu.au/muarc/)
While searching for previous work that I did that is related to ICT (Information and Communications Technology) for Health, I chanced upon the website of Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

I was a research assistant in MUARC several years ago. One of the studies that I was involved in is related to injury prevention. See http://www.monash.edu.au/muarc/reports/muarc036.html

Below is the title and abstract of our report on injury prevention in Victoria (one of the states of Australia):

Nonfatal Injuries in Victoria: an overview
Monash University Accident Research Centre - Report #36 - 1992
Authors: J. Langlois, C. Hawkins, M. Penny, I. Brumen & R. Saldana
Full report in .pdf format [4.6MB]


This report provides a basic overview of non-fatal injuries in Victoria resulting in hospital admission and those presenting to the emergency departments of hospitals participating in the Victorian Injury Surveillance System (VISS). For hospitalized injuries, an overview is presented of the leading causes, frequencies, age- and sex- specific rates and yearly trends. The causes of non-admitted presentations to VISS hospitals are provided to allow comparisons with injury hospitalizations for the under 15 years age group. The report recommends more detailed studies of the epidemiology of injuries to adolescents, young adults and Victorians in the middle years. It also recommends that further research efforts should focus on using these and other injury data as baseline data for setting injury prevention goals and for monitoring the effects of interventions.

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