A national approach to measuring non-fatal crash outcomes

James Harrison, Angela Watson, Kirsten Vallmuur

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    This report documents an Austroads pilot project (Stage 1) to improve
    the measurement and reporting of serious injury crashes by matching
    crash and hospital data. The aim was to provide a proof of concept for
    a national approach to supply routine data on non-fatal hospitalised
    road injuries for reporting progress against the National Road Safety
    Strategy 2011-2020 (NRSS) target of a 30 per cent reduction. A
    serious injury is defined in the NRSS, and for the purposes of this
    study, as a hospitalised case.
    Neither crash data nor hospital data alone provides an adequate
    national source of data for reporting progress against the NRSS target,
    with linkage of hospital and police data recognised by road transport
    agencies as integral to future reporting. The NSW linked data study
    (Transport for NSW, 2017) showed the value of linking data.
    Key outcomes of the Stage 1 project include successfully linking 2014
    crash, hospital and National Death Index data for NSW, Victoria,
    Queensland, and South Australia, and being granted permissions to
    link data for the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory.
    Permissions were not obtained from data custodians and ethics
    committees for linked files with identifying information to be used by
    road safety agencies.
    Stage 1 has provided a proof of concept for a national approach, with a
    case estimation process developed and applied, and statistical results
    obtained. The report recommends proceeding with Stage 2 to extend
    the process to Tasmania and Western Australia, and apply the method
    to produce a series from 2008 to the latest year of data.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationSydney
    Number of pages86
    ISBN (Electronic)9781925854138
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2019


    • Non-fatal Crash Outcomes
    • National Approach
    • Measurement


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