RECOVER researchers and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Recovery Following Traffic Injuries have combined resources to establish the Whiplash evidence based information resource - a resource providing evidence based information to the general public and health care professionals about whiplash and its management.

The whiplash evidence-based information resource is designed to enhance rehabilitation outcomes for people with whiplash through the provision of high quality information. The resource provides summaries of current evidence for and against specific whiplash treatments compiled by the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (CAHE) and will be continually updated by research staff to enable best practice outcomes. The information contained in this resource is designed to support, not to replace the relationship between patient and physician.

The resource is endorsed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Healthdirect Australia.

Rating system

☺☺☺ = Effective    ☺☺ = Useful     = Promising    ʘ = Not effective    Ø = No research


The treatments are effective. They are consistently supported by scientific evidence.

☺☺ Useful

These treatments are useful. They are supported by some scientific evidence, but the evidence is not consistently supported.

☺ Promising

These treatments are promising and may be useful. They have some evidence to support them, but more evidence is needed to be sure they work.

ʘ Not effective

On the available evidence, these treatments do not seem to be effective.

Ø No research

These treatments have not been properly researched. It is not possible to say whether they are useful or not.