Severely injured people depend entirely on the available emergency, critical care and rehabilitation services available at the time of their injury. The quality of life outcomes for each individual depends on the care they receive in every part of their journey and as a community, we need to ensure that all parts of the trauma care system in Australia are consistently providing the best care they possibly can to each and every patient. Recognising this challenge and taking up the journey started 15 years earlier by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the National Trauma Research Institute led the formation of the Australian Trauma Quality Improvement Program (AusTQIP), which brought together Australia’s 27 designated trauma centres, to form a collaboration that will contribute to the collection of high quality registry data. The Australian Trauma Registry (ATR) collects national trauma data, which includes how those patients were injured, the nature of the injuries they sustained, the treatment they received and their outcomes – the full patient journey through the Australian hospital system.


Key Objectives & Outcomes

The inaugural Australian Trauma Registry Report, Caring for the Severely Injured in Australia, was released in 2014 for the period 2010 to 2012. Each collaborating centre also received site specific reports to enable critical analysis of performance compared with others. Together, these reports offered vital national data for the first time, enabling Australia’s trauma experts to understand the implications of Australia’s trauma system, streamline efforts, and work towards reducing inconsistency of care across services and States.

A Completeness Report and a Consolidated Report for the period January 2013 to June 2015 have been released in November 2016 and June 2017 respectively.  Both of these reports have moved to reporting in financial years, to bring the periods into line with hospital funding cycles.

The original Bi-National Trauma Minimum Dataset dictionary was used for data collected with dates up to June 2016.  The dictionary has been revised and the new version will be used for data with dates from the 1st July 2016 onwards.

Download AusTQIP Reports:

(Archived Dictionary Available on request)

Main Partner Orgnaisations(s)Canberra Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, John Hunter Hospital, John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Liverpool Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, St George Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Westmead Hospital, Royal Darwin Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Townsville Hospital, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Royal Hobart Hospital, The Alfred, Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Royal Perth Hospital, New South Wales Institute of Trauma and Injury Management, Victorian State Trauma Registry

Geographic Location(s)Australia

Chief Investigator(s)Professor Mark Fitzgerald ASM, Associate Professor Kate Curtis

Year Commenced2011

Expected CompletionOngoing

Research Funding BodiesInterim grant 2016 provided by: The Alfred Foundation 2017 – 2019: Joint Federal funding from Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) and Department of Health (DoH) & National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, Darwin, Northern Territory

Seed funding 2011-2014 provided by: Alfred Health, Melbourne, Victoria


ContactJane Ford, Manager,
Australian Trauma Registry
Level 3, 553 St Kilda Road
Melbourne 3004
Ph: 03 9903 0408