The Queensland trauma plan project

FitzGerald, Gerard, Tippett, Vivienne, Schuetz, Michael, & Pollard, Cliff (2008) The Queensland trauma plan project. ANZ Journal Of Surgery, 78(9), 780 -783.

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Background: The aim of this paper is to outline the development of 'A Trauma Plan for Queensland'. Injury is one of Australia's National Health Priorities. The full impact of injury, including early death, reduction in quality of life and the social and emotional costs to individuals and the community are immeasurable. The direct health-care costs alone amounted to A$4.13bn in 2000–2001. Queensland has one of the highest rates of injury in Australia. An estimated 1500 Queenslanders die each year as a result of major traumatic injury and it is the single most common cause of death between the ages of 1 and 35 years.---Methods: The Queensland Trauma Plan was based on a detailed analysis of the management and outcome of trauma in Queensland and used an extensive process of stakeholder consultation to identify proposals for system improvement. Sequential workshops helped identify the issues and strategies for system improvement. These proposals were condensed into a high-level strategic plan, which has now been endorsed by the Queensland Government.--- Results: The Trauma Plan identifies service enhancements and the improved coordination required to support ongoing policy development, research and education. The Plan outlines a future direction for the development of trauma services and the system and structures required to support that development.---

Conclusion: The Trauma Plan holds potential as a model for the development of future trauma services and injury prevention programmes. The process shows the value of engagement of clinicians and others into the policy development and planning processes. The outcome reinforces the value of taking a whole of community, coordinated and collaborative approach to injury prevention and management.

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ID Code: 18696
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Injury, Trauma, Trauma centre, Trauma system
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2008.04649.x
ISSN: 1445-1433
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Surgery (110323)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
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Deposited On: 07 Apr 2009 03:50
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:51

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