Rural and Remote Road Safety collaborative study

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Research and intervention to reduce economic, medical and social costs of road crashes in North Queensland (2003 - 2008)


Rural & Remote Road Safety Fact Sheet (PDF, 592KB)

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the reasons for the study, research methods and anticipated outcomes.

Rural & Remote Road Safety Brochure (PDF, 426KB)

This brochure includes background information for potential survey participants.

Rural & Remote Road Safety Questionnaires
The questionnaires used in the Rural and Remote Road Safety Study for both those hospitalised

after a serious road crash and those people interviewed at roadside data collection sites.

Five Year Crash and Area Profile of North Queensland Report (Monograph 3) (PDF, 1MB)

This report provides a comprehensive profile of the study area for the Rural and Remote Road Safety Project.  This report presents the findings from the first stage of the project which is to "Undertake a comprehensive review of sociodemographic and transport statistics to develop a comprehensive baseline data set on the region."

It includes: (i) regional profiles and comparisons within North Queensland (with respect to demographics and the major indicators of the socio-economic climate, general health status, primary production, and access to health and other services); and (ii) provides an overview of road traffic crashes in the area during the five-year period preceding the study (January 1st 1998 to December 31st 2002). As such, the information presented in this document serves as baseline data prior to the commencement of the project.

Major Recommendations of the Rural & Remote Road Safety Research Project (Monograph 4) (PDF, 481KB)

The Recommendations of the research project were launched on 24 July, 2008.  Launch Presentation (PowerPoint, 2.18MB)

About the research project

People living in rural and remote regions of Australia and most similarly motorised countries are significantly over represented in road transport related fatality and injury figures. This research program will undertake a major collaborative investigation to reduce the impact of rural and remote road crashes in north Queensland. The major collaborators are the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland (CARRS-Q) and senior researchers at James Cook University (Townsville, Cairns and Mount Isa); the northern region Ambulance Service and the major hospitals in the region. The program is funded through a whole of government initiative of the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), Queensland Transport (QT), Queensland Police Service (QPS), Department of Main Roads (DMR), Queensland Emergency Services (QES), Queensland Health (QH), Division of Youth Affairs, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland Rail (QR), QFleet, Department of Premiers and Cabinet. The program region is the rural and remote area of northern Queensland with the southern boundary defined by a line west from Bowen to the Northern Territory border. The catchment hospitals are Cairns, Townsville, Mt Isa, Atherton, Mareeba and Charters Towers.

The study has two general aims: (i) to understand behavioural and social factors contributing to crash involvement in the research region in order to inform prevention strategies; (ii) to develop, identify and trial targeted counter measures. Three nested studies will be undertaken. The first is a screening study of all road crash patients admitted to hospitals in the target region (approx 700 cases). The second is an in-depth investigation of 400 consecutive crash patients [and fatalities] involved in rural and remote region crashes defined as those occurring outside the urban borders of Townsville and Cairns and who remain in hospital for more than 24 hours. The third is a case-control study: crashes that occurred within 100km of each of the recruiting hospitals, with comparison road users recruited at the crash site a week later.

This is a prospective program of research which is designed to identify factors related to the occurrence, in rural and remote areas, of serious traffic incidents which cause persons to be killed or hospitalised, and to the factors related to the immediate and subsequent trauma suffered by victims. The program is innovative because particular attention is given to the characteristics of the persons involved in these incidents and the circumstances of the incident in order to target education, deterrence and other prevention strategies. The program is designed to be proactive and research findings will be used to develop and implement intervention strategies and to inform related research and policy development.

Another component of this study is a PhD scholarship funded by the NRMA to research and develop a brief intervention trial to reduce rural and remote road crashes arising from 5 fatal lifestyle behaviours and attitudes. The trial intervention will target hospitalised crash patients in North Queensland.

Contact: Mary Sheehan or Vic Siskind