Trauma

The Statewide Trauma Clinical Network (STCN) was established in 2007 as a key action item of the Trauma Plan for Queensland 2006. The STCN became a key group providing oversight and support for the strategies contained in the plan which included the establishment of major trauma centres in Queensland, verification of trauma centres, expansion of quality focused data collection and numerous research and education initiatives.

The STCN is a multidisciplinary group of clinicians that provides expert direction and advice on all strategic matters relating to the delivery and advancement of trauma services in Queensland. A steering committee provides leadership to the broader STCN and associated advisory groups to achieve improvements in clinical practice, service efficiency, patient access and patient experience in the area of trauma.

The steering committee meets quarterly and is co-chaired by Associate Professor Daryl Wall from Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Dr Martin Wullschleger from Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.

The role of the network

The STCN provides expert direction and advice on all strategic matters relating to the delivery and advancement of trauma services in Queensland. In particular, the STCN does so with respect to the identified priority areas of:

  • statewide database solutions
  • rehabilitation
  • telehealth
  • neurosurgery
  • paediatric trauma
  • spinal injuries.

Current priorities

  • Establish a data collection tool that can record and report trauma data and key performance indicators.
  • Scope, cost and develop a tele-rehabilitation model of care for neurosurgical trauma patients that will enable patients to return or be closer to home.
  • Inform, disseminate, and promote new practice standards and guidelines for spinal injuries: use of softcollars (QAS).
  • Paediatric trauma – care of the injured child.
  • Rural and remote services – comprehensive trauma care, clinical workforce and training.
Last updated: 28 February 2018