The Victorian Government has announced a new $20 million research initiative aimed at better understanding the effects of road trauma.


The Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR), an initiative of Monash University, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and WorkSafe, will manage the funding.


Funding will be delivered to the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), and will focus on improving lifetime care and disability support for those affected by road accident survivors.


"Last year the TAC managed almost 3,000 neuro-trauma claims from road trauma survivors including 232 cases of paraplegia, 205 cases of quadriplegia and 1,273 cases of severe traumatic brain injury," Victorian Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said.


To be conducted over the next three years, the research will prioritise the development of new models of lifetime care, the improvement of rehabilitation and disability management approaches, the translation of research to the clinic and building neurotrauma research capacity.

ISCRR plans to involve Victorian neurotrauma researchers from the Spinal Research Institute (Austin Health) and the Centre of Excellence in Traumatic Brain Injury Research, (NTRI) Monash University in the rollout of research projects.