Baseline Research Program
The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) was formed in 1987 as a joint venture between the Victorian Government and Monash University.
MUARC is funded in a number of ways, but one source which was established at the beginning and has continued since is the Baseline Research Program. This program has been commissioned by the State road safety partners - VicRoads, the Transport Accident Commission, the Department of Justice and Regulation, Victoria Police, and since 2017 Transport for Victoria.
Historically, the Baseline Program was intended to concentrate on key problem areas identified in Victoria's crash data and articulated in the road safety strategy in order to directly feed results into successive three year road safety action plans. The program is overseen by the Road Safety Management Group, which includes nominated representatives of the partner agencies, in collaboration with MUARC's Baseline Program Manager.
WHO Collaborating Centre for Violence and Injury Prevention
The significance of the injury problem worldwide, and specifically in developing countries, is staggering. There are an estimated 5.2 million injury deaths worldwide every year - in other words, over 14,000 people die of injury every day. The Western Pacific and South East Asian regions have the highest number of injury deaths worldwide, accounting for more than half of all injury deaths (almost 2.7 million) annually.
Since 2005, we have been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Violence and Injury Prevention. The designation is for the Western Pacific Region, encompassing 27 countries. We also work closely with the South-East Asia Region of WHO and WHO globally.
Our experts have assisted the development and monitoring of regional injury prevention, including data systems, research, training, information exchange and policy and planning developments.
We have also helped the WHO regional Office for the Western Pacific to develop, implement and evaluate a regional injury prevention strategy.
The Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU) provides a specialised injury surveillance service in Victoria and enjoys a close relationship with the Department of Health of Human Services (DHHS).
VISU has been funded by DHHS since 2005. It was previously funded by VicHealth.
The Unit’s data informs Victorian government policy and injury prevention programs by providing regular in-depth reports (‘Hazard’ bi-annual publications) and makes recommendations for prevention.
VISU data is also included in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services -produced local government area and regional health status profiles.