The creation of the Victorian State Trauma System is an extraordinary story of vision, leadership, courage and belief that the horrific road toll was, despite public and institutional scepticism, avoidable if the entire matrix of medical response, technology, insurance, and community attitudes could be completely reconstructed.
In 1970 when the 1034 people had been killed on the roads the previous year and many thousands more maimed for life, it was an impossible dream. But through sheer will by a small group of doctors, politicians, journalists and administrators, it happened. Incredibly today, the latest campaign is aiming for a road toll of 0 with the belief it can be achieved.
The history of the globally acclaimed achievement to-date has been written by Monash University Associate Professor Peter Bragge and Australian National University Dean of the College of Health and Medicine, Professor Russell Gruen.
Coretext editors and writers are proud to have helped Peter and Russell bring this story to life in the book ‘From Roadside to Recovery’ published by Monash University Publishing. Pictured at this week’s book launch are, from left, Russell Gruen, Coretext writer Melissa Marino, editor Brad Collis and Peter Bragge.
Pictured at November's book launch are, from left, Russell Gruen, Coretext writer Melissa Marino, editor Brad Collis and Peter Bragge.