Researcher Meeting at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)

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Event Details

3 September 2018 at 12:00 pm – 3 September 2018 at 1:00 pm
MUARC Teaching Room 312, 21 Alliance Lane
Open to:
Monash Staff and Students
Engineering; Law; Medicine, Nursing, Health Science; MUARC; Public lectures; Seminars & Workshops; General


The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) invites you to its next Researcher Meeting, a one-hour showcase of selected experts from the field of injury prevention. This instalment will see presentations from Clare Scollay and Andrew McIntosh.

Please note: No registration is required

Lawyer Use in Injury Compensation Systems

By Clare Scollay, PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Law at Monash University


Legal services contribute significantly to client experiences and outcomes in compensation schemes. In addition, the cost of providing legal services is considerable and influences overall scheme performance. However, despite the role played by legal services, there has been limited research into the prevalence, profile, and predictors of legal service use in the Victorian road traffic injury compensation scheme. This presentation will provide an overview of a PhD thesis project that is currently being undertaken to address this gap in the research. It will provide an overview of legal service use in the Victorian road traffic injury compensation scheme, including the purposes for which legal services can be engaged (overall and across different types of claims) and how these services are paid for. The presentation will describe how legal service use in the scheme has changed since 2000, and discuss trends in the compensation sector and the legal services market that could explain these changes. Finally, the presentation will outline the individual-level socio-demographic, crash, injury, and recovery factors that predict legal service use.


Clare Scollay is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. Her research is an empirical study of legal service use in injury compensation systems. Clare holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). Shehas a background in organisational psychology and injury recovery, and is interested in mental and physical health and wellbeing. Clare is employed at a private forensic psychology consultancy firm.

Biomechanical approaches to understanding and managing concussion

By Andrew McIntosh, PhD, Director McIntosh Consultancy and Research, Adjunct Associate Professor, MUARC


The talk will provide an overview of research on the biomechanics of concussion and concussion prevention in an Australian context. Policy, practice and research interests in concussion in sport have developed over a period of 25 years, as has public interest and understanding of concussion. Concussion in sport in the Australian context most often occurs as a result of a direct head impact that causes moderate magnitude head angular and linear acceleration. The head’s acceleration causes brain deformation and axonal strain, which may result in functional/physiological changes and related symptoms, e.g.transient loss of consciousness, memory disturbance and posturing. Players who were concussed during a game in the 1990s often continued playing and might not miss any subsequent training or games. Since that time, rules have been progressively introduced to prevent players returning to a game if concussed and return-to-play guidelines have been developed and implemented. Prevention strategies have focussed on rule changes, e.g. limiting head contact. Although there is no evidence that current commercially available headgear designs are effective in preventing concussion, there has been an increase in headgear use in some sports, e.g. Australian Football, especially at youth levels. Opportunities exist to improve headgear and research suggests the direction for design and performance improvements. In addition, there has been an interest in whether wearable sensors might provide a real-time alert to sideline personnel, which would trigger the removal of a player exposed to a head impact for sideline concussion assessment. The use of sensors might also provide better data on head impact exposure patterns, which would be valuable for the development of a sport, and as a research tool. Examples of some of the current sensor devices will be provided.


Andrew McIntosh is a consultant in biomechanics and ergonomics with a special interest in impact injury. He has broad experience as a researcher and consultant in safety and injury related areas, in particular impact injury. He has undertaken research on concussion in sport and its prevention since the mid 1990s, e.g. concussion biomechanics and studies of padded headgear. He is currently collaborating with researchers at Monash and NTRI on concussion projects examining the use of wearable sensors, concussion incidence rates and current headgear usage.

Melina Pereira
+61 3 9905 1853
Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)