• Activity
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Road safety and public health

Learning areas:
  • English
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Year 5
  • Year 6

Direct the class to find information about the size and cost of road trauma in Victoria and in Australia.

They could investigate the road trauma problem from a number of perspectives – such as the number of people killed, seriously injured or injured; gender and age of crash victims; type of road users mostly involved; time, day, and month when crashes mostly occur; and/or a comparison with other public health issues. The investigation could also direct students to make an international comparison.

Groups should develop a slideshow presentation on their findings and report back to the class. Their report needs to include graphs and graphics and suggestions for getting this information out to other people who need to know about this situation.

To debrief the activity, ask and discuss with students how the information could apply to them and their travel.

Discussion questions

  • How did the statistics in Australia compare with other countries?
  • Was there anything that surprised you about your research?
  • What information do you think is important for the public to know?
  • What would be the best way to present your findings to the public?
  • How could you personally apply your findings to become a safer road user?

Information for teachers

Good sources of information are:

Victorian curriculum

Health and PE

Level 5 & 6

Investigate community resources and strategies to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP107)


Level 5

Use comprehension strategies to analyse information, integrating and linking ideas from a variety of print and digital sources (VCELY319)

Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (VCELY329)

Use a range of software including word processing programs to construct, edit and publish written text, and select, edit and place visual, print and audio elements (VCELY332)

Level 6

Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts (VCELY347)

Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (VCELY358)

Use a range of software, including word processing programs, learning new functions as required to create texts (VCELY361)