Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) has released its first Greyhound Racing Injury Report, which details greyhound injuries and fatalities that occur at race meetings in NSW.
The primary purpose of the report is to keep GRNSW stakeholders including participants, wagerers, business partners and the wider community informed of greyhound racing rates of injury and fatality (including fatal injuries and related on-track euthanasias).
GRNSW is determined to improve overall welfare outcomes in NSW greyhound racing, which includes significantly reducing racing injuries and related euthanasia across all tracks.
The Safety, Racing and Welfare Maintenance Fund (SRWMF) was introduced by GRNSW in 2013 to refocus club and industry expenditure on projects that improve the level of safety and compliance at NSW greyhound race tracks. The SRWMF scheme only funds projects that directly relate to maintaining and increasing the safety, racing and welfare standards at race tracks.
Expenditure under the SRWMF scheme in 2015/16 currently totals more than $250,000.
GRNSW is also in the process of reviewing proposals it has received for a research project which will investigate factors influencing greyhound race track safety (as defined by incident and injury risk).
The first Greyhound Racing Injury Report is a preliminary report covering the period 15 November 2015 to 1 February 2016. Subsequent reports will be published quarterly beginning with the January 2016 to March 2016 report.
On 14 February 2016, the Preliminary Greyhound Racing Injury Report was updated with injury calculations based on per track average race starts (rather than the total average race starts) to more accurately estimate injury rates. Total injury numbers remain the same.
This report and all subsequent reports will also be available in the ‘Welfare’ section of this website.