Cost of road trauma declines

The cost of major trauma from road traffic injury and death has fallen in Victoria since the state introduced an integrated trauma system (the Victorian State Trauma Registry or VSTR) a decade ago.

Not only has the number of road traffic-related deaths declined but people injured in crashes are more likely to survive their injuries. This has led to a reduction in the overall economic cost of health loss due to transport-related major trauma in the state, from A$1.85 billion in 2001/02 to A$1.34 billion in 2010/11.

The VSTR is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Transport Accident Commission, and monitors and evaluates the care of seriously injured patients in Victoria.

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