Acute whiplash

Information to assist health professionals and insurers in delivering care to adults with a whiplash injury in the first 12 weeks after a motor vehicle crash.

Whiplash is the most frequently recorded injury among compulsory third party claimants in NSW. Of all the claims lodged since 2007, 46 per cent of claimants had whiplash-associated disorders as one of their reported injuries.

Forty per cent of people with a whiplash injury should have a complete resolution of their symptoms within 12 weeks of the injury.

Whiplash injury management guidelines

The third edition of our Guidelines for the management of acute whiplash-associated disorders for health professionals was published in December 2014.

In preparing these Guidelines, we worked with a group of healthcare professionals, industry representatives and technical experts, who reviewed the evidence and drafted the recommendations.

The Guidelines translate the current evidence base into clinical practice recommendations for the best possible management of adults with a whiplash injury in the first 12 weeks. A range of supporting materials, including a Technical report and assessment tools, are also available.

You can download our Guidelines, associated documents and support tools here:

Guidelines and associated documents

Guidelines for the management of acute whiplash-associated disorders for health professionals

This third edition includes more recently published evidence based recommendations for the management of whiplash-associated disorders within the first 12 weeks of a motor vehicle crash.

Technical report – Guidelines for the management of acute whiplash associated-disorders for health professionals

This document contains information about the research and methodology behind the Guidelines.

Quick reference guide for the management of acute whiplash associated disorders

This guide summarises the recommendations of the Guidelines for health professionals and insurers.

Whiplash: A summary for GPs

This document contains information to help GPs to diagnose and manage whiplash injuries in adults.

Whiplash: A fact sheet about your recovery in the first 12 weeks

This document contains information for people with whiplash.

Whiplash assessment tools

A number of assessment tools for assessing and diagnosing whiplash have been extracted from the Guidelines. These tools are designed to help health professionals achieve the best possible management of adults with a whiplash injury.

Whiplash neck exercises

Examples of neck exercises that can be used to help people in their recovery from whiplash are available. These exercises can also be used by health practitioners when providing primary care to people with whiplash associated disorders.

Whiplash educational slide set

We have created an educational slide set to support health professionals and CTP insurers in implementing the Guidelines for the management of acute whiplash-associated disorders.

Industry publications

Medical Observer recently published an article written by Professor Simon Willcock, Whiplash: Facts at your fingertips. The article is an opinion piece about the new Whiplash Guidelines and how these can be used in General Practice.

Professor Simon Willcock is a General Practitioner and is the Director of Primary Care Services, Macquarie University Hospital. He was a subject matter expert appointed by the MAA to the whiplash Guidelines working group.

More information

Visit our Recovering from whiplash web page for more information.