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Use of Improved Evidence on Aboriginal Road Trauma to Develop and Deliver the NSW Aboriginal Road Safety Action Plan

Gtaham, A, Ngo, L

Aboriginal / Community

ARSC conference 2015

This paper details the development of the NSW Aboriginal Road Safety Action Plan and the crash data evidence underpinning its development and delivery. _x000D_

_x000D_In 2014 the Centre for Road Safety released the whole-of-Government NSW Aboriginal Road Safety Action Plan. The Action Plan identifies opportunities to harness efforts across Government to reduce Aboriginal road trauma and to achieve other positive outcomes including safer community roads and transport to access social, economic and cultural opportunities. This will be done through improved collaborative action using the Safe Systems approach; a stronger evidence base; promotion of safe and legal driving; providing safe alternative transport options; and improved post-crash response and treatment._x000D_

The Action Plan is based on crash and casualty data, practical evidence (accounts from those across Government who work with Aboriginal people) and policy opportunities (mutual interests to improving road safety). _x000D_

The crash and casualty research evidence has been greatly enhanced by ongoing research to better quantify casualty severities using linked NSW Police and Health records. The linkage study allowed the opportunity to use Aboriginality identifier variables in the Health data, thus better quantifying the extent and characteristics of Aboriginal trauma in road traffic crashes in NSW. Several of the key results from this data linkage are presented in this paper._x000D_

In implementing the Action Plan, the enhanced data will help target initiatives to tackle key crash factors, road user groups, locations and demographics to reduce Aboriginal road trauma._x000D_