ISCRR Research Fellow Dr Melita Giummarra received a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), one of 200 awards granted to early-career researchers, in the latest round of Australian Research Council funding.

Dr Melita Giummarra
Dr Melita Giummarra

Melita received the grant to pursue her project on the socioeconomic effects of fault attribution after a motor vehicle crash. The project, which will be conducted in partnership with the TAC, aims to identify claimant and crash risk characteristics related to the attribution of fault that are associated with greater socio-economic impacts  for injured persons, compensation systems and the public health system.

One in five Australians injured in road trauma annually report long-term reductions in social participation and work capacity, and have costly health service needs. Attributions of fault lead to perceived injustice and affect the capacity to cope with trauma. This project will evaluate the effect of  fault attributions on socioeconomic outcomes. Expected results include improvement in strategies used to identify which injured persons are greatest risk of poor outcomes after injury, and who may need additional support to get their lives back on track.

Melita was one of the 21 DECRA recipients at Monash University in 2016.