Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit

Make a data request

Request specific information from our database.

Or phone +61 3 9905 1805 for enquiries

Stay safe this Christmas

Please note: 

The VISU office will be closed from Friday the 19th of December and will re-open on Monday the 12th of January 2015

Wishing you a happy and safe holiday


Our current publications

Hazard 77

Preventing serious fall injury in children (1): Overview and playground equipment

Published Winter, 2014



Unintentional (accidental) hospital-treated injury in Victoria 2012/13
Published July 2014

Access to quality injury surveillance data provides immense research potential and is crucial to the development of effective injury prevention and safety promotion.

The Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU) has been analysing, interpreting and disseminating Victorian data on injury deaths, hospital admissions and emergency department presentations across the state, nationally and internationally for more than 20 years.

Data are used to underpin government injury prevention policies, stimulate research and to develop and evaluate prevention strategies and measures. These include community awareness initiatives and education, legislative and regulatory changes and safety-related environmental, equipment and product design improvements.

This critical information is provided to around 250 organisations and agencies each year, including Commonwealth, state and local government departments and agencies, health and injury prevention organisations, media, business and industry, education institutes, research groups and the community.

Victorian injury surveillance data are recorded on three separate datasets:

  • ABS Death Unit Record File (ABS-DURF: deaths)
  • Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset (VAED: hospital admissions)
  • Victorian Emergency Minimum Dataset (VEMD: Emergency Department presentations).

Data and information request service

The VISU data and information request service is open to government and non-government organisations and agencies, health and safety organisations, the higher education and research sectors, industry and business and community members.

We are not able to provide a direct service to primary and secondary school students.

A standard format data report is free-of-charge. Additional analysis may be purchased for a cost-recovery fee of $155 per hour (plus GST).

Some of the most frequently requested topics are: elderly fall injury, playground and play equipment injury, DIY home maintenance injury, home injury, dog bite, sports injury, poisoning, nursery furniture and equipment injury, off-road vehicle injury (ATVs and motorcycles) and local community injury profiles (by local government area).

VISU data has now been included in the Department of Health produced local government area and regional health status profiles. To access these please visit the following Department of Health websites:
2012 Local government area profiles
2012 Regional health status profiles

How to make a request

Each data request is unique and requires specific search strategies, time and expertise to compile. After logging a request, VISU staff will contact you within three working days to discuss and fine-tune your request. If you require data urgently, please log your request and contact VISU by phone. While we try to meet every request, sometimes we are unable to meet urgent deadlines but we may be able to refer you to other sources of data or information.

Please fill in and submit the data request form.

If your request is urgent, fill in the form and follow-up by phone on 03 9905 1805.