MAIC has a legislative function defined under the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994 to promote measures directed at eliminating or reducing the causes of motor vehicle crashes and, where this is not possible, to ensure those injured are provided with access to appropriate care and rehabilitation to facilitate their recovery.
To achieve these objectives MAIC supports ongoing road safety and injury management research aimed at reducing the frequency, severity and impact of road trauma through a variety of means including targeted one off initiatives and recurrent funding to Universities to support a program of research in road safety and injury management/rehabilitation.
Injury Management Research
Alongside activities to improve road safety, MAIC also supports research and education activities that aim to improve treatment and rehabilitation and encourage better health outcomes for people injured in road traffic crashes.
Since 1997, MAIC has partnered with the University of Queensland and Griffith University through the Recover Injury Research Centre (previously CONROD). Recover are recognised internationally for their research and education activities that aim to improve psychological, social and vocational outcomes for people after injury, particular for those injured in road traffic crashes. Recover currently have research programs in the fields of:
- Medical and Allied Health Rehabilitation
- Social and Behavioural Science
- Community and Vocational Rehabilitation
and recent in relation to a range of topics including psychological injury and vocational rehabilitation can be found at the Recover website.
MAIC also supports key research positions at the:
- Queensland Brain Institute – focused on the early assessment of traumatic brain injuries
- Princess Alexandra Hospital – examining disability and rehabilitation
- Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital – focused on paediatric rehabilitation
These positions and pilot programs provide a focus on improving treatment and rehabilitation for those with more serious injuries such as brain and spinal cord injuries.