Injury prevention and trauma management
The George Institute is a leading injury research centre. Injuries claim almost 5 million lives every year, the majority in low- and middle-income countries. The large burden of non-fatal injury health loss and disability worldwide is compounded by the fact that many people do not have access to primary health care. The Injury Division aims to improve the safety of men, women and children and optimize their care and rehabilitation in the event of an injury through:
- Finding better injury prevention solutions for the world’s biggest injury problems;
- Transforming trauma management to deliver better health to more people; and
- Harnessing the power of governments, markets and communities to reduce injury.
This Global Injury Research programme at The George Institute was also designated a WHO Collaborating Centre on Injury Prevention and Trauma Care in November 2018. Through this avenue, and via active participation in networks such as the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network, the International Road Victims Association, the Child Health Initiative, the Commonwealth Road Safety Initiative, the UK Rescue Organization, the Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport and the Association for Safe International Road Travel, the team are at the forefront of partnerships that drive sustainable change through capacity-building and knowledge exchange.
The George Institute currently leads over 30 injury-related projects in Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, South Africa, Uganda and Vietnam, including developing Australia’s National Injury Prevention Strategy and projects related to drowning reduction, falls prevention among those with vision impairment and reducing injury among children.