MAIC has invested in injury management research and initiatives since it was founded in 1994 with the aim of improving the health outcomes for people injured in road traffic crashes. Examples of research outcomes are listed below:
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries to occur during a road traffic crash. This is why MAIC has invested in research and initiatives to help reduce the impact of whiplash. One of the most successful initiatives was the production of the Whiplash Injury Recovery: A self help guide. Authored by Emeritus Professor Gwendolen Jull and Professor Michele Stirling, internationally recognised leaders in the field, this self help guide has been distributed to injured people, health practitioners including GPs and physiotherapists and universities around the world.
Road traffic crashes are one of the leading causes for traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Such injuries can have a significant impact on an individual, their family and the community. Thanks to MAIC’s investment in a pilot transitional rehabilitation service for people with a TBI, costs from inpatient stays could be reduced by up to $2.4 million annually.
Complementing MAIC’s focus on improving rehabilitation services for people with a brain injury, MAIC is also investing $1.5 million over five years to support research at the Queensland Brain Institute that aim to develop objective techniques to assess the extent of a traumatic brain injury. Such methods would assist in diagnosing and monitoring TBI and the effectiveness of interventions.
A focus on rehabilitation
Over the past decade, more than 2750 children have received serious injuries as a result of road traffic crashes in Queensland. Thanks to start-up funding from MAIC, children who sustain significant brain and spinal cord injuries can receive specialist rehabilitation through the Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (QPRS). QPRS is a state-wide service based at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital that helps children with loss of function achieve the highest possible level of health and independence through a coordinated and combined service consisting of medical, nursing, allied health and rehabilitation engineering expertise.
MAIC has also supported the development of rehabilitation services for adults, providing seed funding for the Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Service, Transitional Rehabilitation Program for people with spinal cord injuries and Spinal Outreach Team. These services and the QPRS were successfully piloted and have now been funded by Queensland Health for close to 20 years.