NeuRA has established a new research partnership with Transurban, launching a dedicated world-class research centre for road safety.
The Transurban Road Safety Centre was officially opened by the Hon Brad Hazzard MP, NSW Minister for Health and Minster for Medical Research. The joint venture brings together Medical Research, Business and Government into a partnership aimed at working together to reduce injury suffered on our roads.a
“This vital research project will better shape road safety priorities and ultimately save more lives – not only on NSW roads but across the country,” Mr Hazzard said.
Injury is the leading cause of death and disability for Australians aged between 1 and 45 years, and road trauma is responsible for a substantial proportion of this problem. The burden of road trauma in Australia is considerable, with around 1,300 deaths and 65,000 hospitalisations each year. Estimates suggest that road trauma costs the Australian government $27 billion annually, however the human costs to families affected by road trauma is immeasurable.
The launch of the Transurban Road Safety Centre at NeuRA is an excellent example of the opportunities and benefits which partnerships can bring to the community, to make roads safer, protect passengers from injury, and ultimately save lives.