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.
Other achievements include an agreement by collaborators to collect data based on a standard Bi-National Trauma Minimum Dataset.
As more reports are released in the coming years, further work will be undertaken to enhance the development of risk-adjusted models for benchmarking designated trauma centres, quality indicators and calculating the true cost of trauma care.
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
Chief Investigator(s)Professor Mark Fitzgerald ASM, Associate Professor Kate Curtis
Research Funding BodySeed funding 2011-2014 provided by: Alfred Health, Melbourne, Victoria & National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, Darwin, Northern Territory