Queensland Emergency Medical System : a structural and organizational model for the emergency medical system in Australia

FitzGerald, Gerard, Tippett, Vivienne, Schuetz, Michael, Clark, Michele J., Tighe, Trevor, Gillard, Noel, Higgins, Jim, & Elcock, Mark (2009) Queensland Emergency Medical System : a structural and organizational model for the emergency medical system in Australia. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 21(6), pp. 510-514.

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Objective: The emergency medical system (EMS) can be defined as a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated system of care for patients suffering acute illness and injury. The aim of the present paper is to describe the evolution of the Queensland Emergency Medical System (QEMS) and to recommend a strategic national approach to EMS development.

Methods: Following the formation of the Queensland Ambulance Service in 1991, a state EMS committee was formed. This committee led the development and approval of the cross portfolio QEMS policy framework that has resulted in dynamic policy development, system monitoring and evaluation. This framework is led by the Queensland Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee.

Results: There has been considerable progress in the development of all aspects of the EMS in Queensland. These developments have derived from the improved coordination and leadership that QEMS provides and has resulted in widespread satisfaction by both patients and stakeholders.

Conclusions: The strategic approach outlined in the present paper offers a model for EMS arrangements throughout Australia. We propose that the Council of Australian Governments should require each state and Territory to maintain an EMS committee. These state EMS committees should have a broad portfolio of responsibilities. They should provide leadership and direction to the development of the EMS and ensure coordination and quality of outcomes. A national EMS committee with broad representation and broad scope should be established to coordinate the national development of Australia's EMS.

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ID Code: 29371
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: EMS, Emergency Medical System, Emergency Health-Care System, Prehospital Care
DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2009.01244.x
ISSN: 1742-6731
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Care Administration (111709)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2010 00:19
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:41

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