'Whiplash' is what happens when someone's head moves forwards and then backwards quickly. This quick 'back and forth' movement may cause injury to the neck and often happens in car crashes.
Whiplash injury is the most frequently recorded injury among compulsory third party personal injury claimants in NSW. Whiplash:
- is involved in approximately 45 per cent of all claims
- accounts for approximately 27 per cent of total costs to the scheme.
The MAA has developed a number of publications about managing of whiplash injury.
For people with a whiplash injury
This booklet is designed for people with an acute whiplash injury, and provides information about whiplash, and the latest evidence-based treatments and exercises to assist recovery. It is available for free from your general practitioner or from the MAA's Claims Advisory Service by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 137 131 to have a copy sent to you.
For Health Professionals and CTP insurers
CONROD Website: www.som.uq.edu.au/whiplash
The University of Queensland's Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD) and NMHRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health (CCRE Spine) have combined resources to establish the Whiplash website - a resource providing evidence based information to consumers and health care professionals about whiplash and its management.
The site provides summaries of current evidence for and against specific whiplash treatments commissioned by CONROD and compiled by the University of South Australia's (UniSA) Centre for Allied Health Evidence (CAHE). To ensure that the quality of the content of this resource is of the highest possible standard, CONROD will conduct an annual systematic review of all whiplash related research.