Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU) - Queensland

Service summary

Why the Support is Provided?

The Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU) aims to raise awareness of injury issues in Queensland and to inform research and the prioritisation, planning and evaluation of preventive interventions.

Emergency department based injury surveillance:

  • provides a systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of data describing injury frequency, risk factors and previously unrecognised injury events
  • informs the development and evaluation of preventative strategies, generates hypotheses for causal research and monitors injuries in specific areas of known concern such as consumer related injury.

What Support is Provided?

The Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit provides all-age, all-injury data on the occurrence, causes and type of injuries presenting to Emergency Departments in Queensland. The data is obtained from hospitals in three distinct areas of Queensland; urban, rural, and remote and represents approximately a quarter of the state.

Aggregated data on specific variables is available on request.

Data includes:

  • demographic details (age, sex, postcode of residence)
  • ethnicity details (country of birth, main language spoken)
  • date, time and place of injury
  • activity (eg rollerblading, household chores)
  • location (eg primary school verandah)
  • injury cause (eg fall, poisoning)
  • narrative description of injury presentation
  • the nature of the injury and the body part injured
  • triage level and mode of hospital separation (admission or discharge)
  • details of industry and occupation for work-related injuries.


Service type

Support Service

A service offered by government to aid in running a business.

Eligibility requirements

No specific eligibility criteria apply.


Fees may apply for some services.

Publications Details

Publications Available:

Biannual Injury Bulletins, examining specific injury issues, are available on the QISU website.

Additional information

The hospitals involved in ongoing injury surveillance are:


  • Mater Children' Hospital*
  • Royal Children's Hospital*
  • Royal Brisbane Hospital*


  • Mackay Base Hospital*
  • Proserpine Hospital*
  • Sarina Hospital*
  • Moranbah Hospital*
  • Clermont Hospital*
  • Dysart Hospital*
  • Mater Mackay Hospital
  • Yeppoon Hospital*
  • Maryborough Hospital*
  • Bundaberg Hospital*
  • Warwick Hospital
  • Cherbourg Hospital
  • Innisfail Hospital*
  • Townsville Hospital*


  • Mt Isa Hospital*
  • Hughenden Hospital

* denotes electronic data collection EDIS/HIBCIS

Useful Websites

All Queensland Acts and Regulations can be viewed or printed from the Queensland Government Legislation website www.legislation.qld.gov.au

Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit Bulletin http://www.qisu.org.au/ModCoreFrontEnd/index.asp?pageid=109

Administering agency

Queensland Health
Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit

Contact details

Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit
Queensland Health
Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit

Operating address:
Level 2
Aubigny Place, Mater Health Services,
Raymond Terrace,
South Brisbane Q 4101


07 3163 8569


07 3163 1684


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