The economic, medical and social costs of road traffic crashes in rural north Queensland: a 5 year multi-phase study

Veitch, Craig, Sheehan, Mary, Turner, Richard, Siskind, Vic, and Pashen, Dennis (2005) The economic, medical and social costs of road traffic crashes in rural north Queensland: a 5 year multi-phase study. In: Proceedings of the Infront Outback Biennial Scientific Rural and Remote Health Conference 2005. From: Infront Outback Biennial Scientific Rural and Remote Health Conference 2005, 10 - 13 March 2005, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

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[Extract] People living in rural and remote regions of Australia are significantly over-represented in road transport-related fatality and injury figures. The costs of these events are also significantly higher than for similar injuries in urban communities. In Queensland in the year 2000, for example, the risk of dying (per capita) in a rural versus urban crash was 4.2 times higher, with costs 2–3 times higher in rural areas compared to urban areas. Additionally, Indigenous Australians are highly over-represented in road crash statistics.

Despite rural populations being over-represented in road transport-related crashes both nationally and internationally, very few road safety policies and interventions have targeted rural and remote populations and problems. “The rural and remote road safety problem has received minimal attention in comparison to the efforts directed at reducing crashes in urban areas” primarily due to population distribution. Policy makers stand to reap bigger returns for dollars invested in urban areas, while the cost of conducting research in rural areas is substantially higher. Likewise, little research has focused on the social, economic and medical costs of non-urban crashes.

Item ID: 7678
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: road crash; rural health
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ISBN: 978-0-9751220-8-2
ISSN: 1445-3363
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2010 05:37
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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