ISCRR's Compensation Research Database (CRD) contains more than 20 years' worth of information about transport and workplace injury in Victoria. It has been successfully used by ISCRR research teams to inform a range of projects within the fields of safety, compensation and recovery.
The CRD contains information on claims and payments processed by the TAC and WorkSafe from 1987 and 1986 respectively.
Additionally, the WorkSafe datasets also include information on services and medical certificates.
The CRD is unique internationally because it is held independently, at arm's length from the compensation authorities that collect the data, and its primary purpose is to support research and analysis.
Having this kind of access to statewide personal transport and workplace injury claims and payments records allows researchers to fully understand the role of compensation systems in injury recovery.
It is hoped that this will lead to the implementation of evidence-based changes in practice and policy within Victoria's healthcare and compensation systems.
The CRD is overseen by a steering committee with representatives from TAC, WSV, Monash University and ISCRR.
Where to now?
Since its creation in 2009, the CRD has provided data to approximately 30 research teams across Monash and other universities.
Most significantly, the CRD fuelled a major ISCRR project analysing at the cost of comorbidity to the Transport Accident Commission compensation scheme.
Internationally, many scientific articles have made use of information from the CRD. Some examples of this include publications on the following topics:
The CRD provides a unique platform that leverages existing data to support research into compensation health. We continue our focus on growing data use and linkages, as well as ensuring alignment of CRD research to ISCRR, WSV and TAC's strategic direction. Recently the CRD has been linked to other state and national datasets.
Access to the CRD is publicly available for researchers to use, under strict guidelines approved by the compensation authorities and the University Human Research Ethics Committee.