12 September 2018
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is calling for
a dramatic overhaul of road safety measures following the findings
of the Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy launched
today in Canberra by the Hon Michael McCormack MP, Minister for
Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.
Dr John Crozier, Co-Chair of the Inquiry into the Effectiveness
of Australia's National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 and RACS
Trauma Committee Chair says failing to improve the current
situation will result in 12,000 people killed and 360,000 injured
at a cost of over $300 billion over the next decade.
"Australia's road safety performance has stalled. There is a
lack of focus on a harm elimination agenda. Our complacency is
reflected in the death of 1226 people and an estimated 36,000
people seriously injured in crashes on Australian roads last year
alone," Dr Crozier says.
Inquiry Co-Chair and Director of the Centre for Automotive
Safety Research Associate Professor Jeremy Woolley says the
Inquiry's recommendations, if implemented, will radically transform
road safety performance across Australia.
"Road safety is a national problem, which is why a National Road
Safety entity, Australian government cabinet oversight of the issue
through a Minister for Road Safety, and an annual $3 billion Road
Safety Fund are needed," Associate Professor Woolley says.
"Despite good intentions, the current strategy can be described
as an implementation failure. Better strategic management is
required and we must move from a coping mechanism to one that fixes
the problem once and for all."
Ongoing funding for the Australian Trauma Registry, which is
currently the only way to measure the burden of serious injury
across Australia's major trauma centres, and benchmarking of trauma
care are among the 12 recommendations of the Inquiry.
"In addition to the tragic impact that road trauma has on
families, the economic cost is upwards of $30 billion per year,
which is largely borne by health services and is entirely
"We must halt this carnage, acting at a scale that matters, with
a disaster response approach that reflects the true scale of the
epidemic. Lives depend on it," Dr Crozier says.
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