Who we are and what we do

MUARC has forged an enviable worldwide reputation for high-quality research, advocacy and engagement with government, industry and the community. This reputation is inextricably linked to our proven ability to meet the high demands of our large and diverse client base.

We are the experts in our field

Our commitment to delivering solutions means we are more client-focused than conventional academic research centres.

This focus is demonstrated in the number of long-term partnerships we have built and maintained for more than three decades.

Our experts

MUARC is home to Australia's largest and most respected team of injury prevention experts. Around 100 researchers and postgraduate students work across a range of specialised areas, including:

  • biostatistics
  • computer science
  • engineering
  • epidemiology
  • human factors
  • industrial ergonomics
  • medicine
  • nursing
  • psychology
  • public health
  • statistical analysis.

Our capabilities

We have more than 30 years experience in every link of the injury prevention chain, from problem identification and analysis to program implementation and evaluation.

Our partners and clients benefit from this experience.

We are available for:

  • design and conduct of surveys
  • database design, management, processing and linkage
  • high level statistical analysis
  • economic analysis
  • program evaluation
  • vehicle safety evaluation, monitoring and policy setting
  • in-depth crash investigation
  • road infrastructure design and operation
  • development and evaluation of safe system infrastructure
  • development and evaluation of training programs
  • on-road and simulator driver/vehicle testing
  • focus group, structured interview and stakeholder consultation
  • usability assessment.

Our resources

MUARC researchers assemble, maintain and analyse some of the most comprehensive road crash information databases in Australia. We are also home to the Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit, which has been analysing, interpreting and disseminating Victorian data on injury deaths, hospital admissions and emergency department presentations across the state, nationally and internationally for more than 30 years.

We are the only research centres in Australia to use both on-road and simulated driver testing. This gives us a unique advantage in accurately investigating and evaluating driver performance.

We have a suite of driving simulators including a fully immersive advanced simulator, a portable 3D simulator (EF-X, that allows us to go into the community and collect large amounts of data) and a range of desktop simulators.

Our purpose-built on-road test vehicles allow us to accurately measure driver performance in real-world settings.