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 injury management research aimed at reducing the 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 injury management/rehabilitation.
MAIC supports research and education activities that aim to improve treatment and rehabilitation and encourage better health outcomes for people injured in road traffic crashes, alongside activities to improve road safety. MAIC’s primary injury management research partner is the Recover Injury Research Centre (previously CONROD) located at the University of Queensland and Griffith University. Recover are recognised internationally for their research and education activities that aim to improve health and vocational outcomes for people after injury, particular for those injured in road traffic crashes.
In August, 2015, Treasurer Curtis Pitt announced MAIC would be providing $14.6 million funding for a new Transitional Rehabilitation Service based at the Princess Alexandra’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit. This new service will target improved in-patient rehabilitation, with a focus on helping patients transition back into work and the community.
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.