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Introduction - Accident Research Centre

The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) is a world leader in injury prevention research and fosters scientific advancement of the field through its high quality postgraduate training program. One of the defining features of research at MUARC is that it reaches across traditional discipline boundaries.
MUARC’s strength lies in its ability to understand risk factors and scientifically evaluate injury prevention research and intervention strategies in order to determine the viability and effectiveness of each initiative. Through strong partnerships with government, industry and community groups, both national and international, and by providing expansive data collection and analysis, diverse technical expertise and independent evaluations and recommendations, MUARC has been able to influence and advance the development and implementation of policy and law enforcement strategies that are evidence-based and work to effectively reduce the burden of injury.

MUARC researchers represent a broad range of disciplines and it is this multi-disciplinary scientific approach forms the backbone of MUARC’s research as it applies to all areas of injury prevention across a range of settings. Injury prevention research is a convergence of many disciplines including:

  • biomechanics
  • biostatistics
  • computer science
  • econometrics
  • education
  • engineering (varied disciplines)
  • epidemiology
  • health economics
  • human factors
  • industrial ergonomics
  • medicine
  • nursing
  • psychology
  • public health
  • statistics.

With specialists across all of these diverse research areas, MUARC is involved in every step of the injury prevention cycle from problem identification and analysis to program evaluation and community engagement. MUARC remains at the cutting edge of research in this area by following a simple formula based on four key ingredients, collaboration, independence, advocacy and education.