Since the 1980s, Monash has recognised the need to bring the rigours of scientific analysis and research into our domestic and recreational settings to aid the prevention of serious injury.
More Victorians die from injuries suffered in home, sport and leisure settings each year than do on our states roads. And we are nearly four times more likely to be admitted to hospital for injuries sustained in home and sports activities than for transport related incidents - in fact, more than 37,000 Victorians, on average, require hospital admission each year because of injuries they suffered while at home or at play.
The state's peak agency for the analysis, interpretation and dissemination of Victorian data on injury deaths, hospital admissions and emergency department presentations for government, health and safety bodies, business and industry, media, research groups and the community.
This research has had a direct impact on the lives of many Australians.
It has helped reduce the incidents of drowning in residential swimming pools, has shaped and monitored smoke detector regulations, and led to the implementation of best practice falls prevention programs for older people. Our product safety injury surveillance and research initiatives have led to stringent regulations for child resistant cigarette lighters and packaging of pharmaceutical and household chemicals and, most recently, to an international agreement to revise the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard to reduce the surface temperature of oven doors to protect children from contact burns.
Our research is driven by the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI)
Strengthening disaster and community resilience has become an integral part of Australia’s ability to mitigate, respond to and recover from man-made and natural disasters that pose population-level threats to society, the national economy and the environment.
Researchers within the Injury Outcomes Research Unit have expertise across numerous fields, among them medicine, epidemiology, statistics, psychology, health promotion and population health.