Launched: Online resource to access Victorian injury data

Monash University's Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU) has launched the VISU Injury Atlas of Victoria.

A new interactive online tool has been developed by the Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU) at Monash University that provides unprecedented access to injury data in Victoria.

The VISU Injury Atlas of Victoria is a window into 2006-17 hospital data sourced from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

The burden of unintentional injuries can be visualised in maps showing the number of hospital admissions by local government areas, while charts can be created for injury causes by age group, gender and body region.

The VISU Injury Atlas of Victoria aims to easier translate injury data into practice, and spur injury prevention and safety promotion programs for the benefit of local communities.

The interactive online tool is expected to be utilised by state and local government agencies, health and injury prevention organisations, media, business and industry, education institutes, researchers and the community.

“We’ve been analysing, interpreting and disseminating data on injury deaths, hospital admissions and emergency department presentations in Victoria for over 25 years,” said VISU’s director, Associate Professor Janneke Berecki-Gisolf.

“We’re pleased to make this particular data available to the general public and our stakeholders in a unique, user-friendly way that has the ability to be an important research and planning tool.”

The VISU Injury Atlas of Victoria offers hospital admission data on unintentional injuries (such as falls, drowning, transport, poisoning, etc.), including a dedicated focus on sports injuries.

Key technical features of the software include the ability to:

  • explore unintentional injury and sports injury data for the years 2006-17 extracted from the Victorian Admitted Episodes dataset, in the unintentional injury atlas and sports injury atlas;
  • explore injury data by selected causes, age groups, gender, body region injured, place of injury, bed days and year of hospital admission;
  • visualise the injury data in tables, maps and graphs as counts, proportions or rates per 100,000 people where applicable; and
  • download maps, charts and data tables for free after registering with the Injury Atlas of Victoria.

The VISU Injury Atlas will also include a link to the parent Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit data request service, which will continue to service more complex data requests.

VISU is part of the Monash University Accident Research Centre.

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Quotes attributable to Dr Bruce Bolam, Chief Preventive Health Officer, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

“DHHS is proud to support our partner VISU in launching their fantastic new Injury Atlas online tool – it will make comprehensive injury data more accessible to the Victorian community.

“For the first time, the VISU Injury Atlas will allow Victorian local community organisations to readily access injury data specific to their local area, from their very own computers. This will be a huge boost to local planning efforts in injury prevention.

“DHHS congratulates VISU on launching its new Injury Atlas online tool, making injury data easier to access and understand. This demonstrates Victoria is leading Australian injury surveillance capacity.”