Trauma Talk

From the President – The Spring Edition 2023

From the President

I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as the President of the Australian & New Zealand Trauma Society (ANZTS). It has been a privilege to lead this organisation and to work alongside dedicated professionals. Overwhelmingly I have been left with a strong sense of belonging.

Belonging to ANZTS means becoming part of a community of like-minded professionals who share a common interest and passion for trauma care. It provides a sense of camaraderie, and support within the field. Members can connect with colleagues, form valuable relationships, and access a support network of individuals who understand the challenges and rewards of working in trauma care.

Being a member of ANZTS helps establish and strengthen one’s professional identity as a trauma professional. It signifies a commitment to excellence in trauma care and aligns individuals with a recognised and respected organisation within the field. Membership brings credibility and recognition among peers, employers, and the wider healthcare community.

ANZTS offers opportunities for continuous learning and professional growth. Members gain access to educational resources, conferences, workshops, and seminars that provide the latest knowledge, research, and best practices in trauma care. Engaging with ANZTS helps members stay updated with advancements in the field and continuously improve their skills and expertise. This continuous learning helps improve patient outcomes and enhances professional development.

Belonging to ANZTS opens doors for collaboration and networking with trauma professionals. It enables members to connect with experts, researchers, and leaders in the field, fostering collaboration on projects, research studies, and initiatives. The society provides a space for sharing ideas, experiences, and innovations, leading to enhanced collaboration and improved trauma care outcomes.

ANZTS advocates for the needs and concerns of trauma professionals and patients. Belonging to such a community allows members to collectively voice their opinions, influence policy decisions, and contribute to improving trauma care at a regional and national level. ANZTS amplifies the collective voice of trauma professionals and empowers them to make a meaningful impact on the field.

The society supports the professional growth and development of its members by offering opportunities for presenting research, sharing experiences, and contributing to the knowledge base through publications and presentations. ANZTS recognises outstanding achievements and contributions to trauma care through awards, scholarships, and honours, providing a platform for members to gain recognition and further advance their careers.

Overall, belonging to ANZTS signifies a commitment to excellence, continuous learning, collaboration, and advocacy in the field of trauma care. It represents a professional community that supports and empowers its members, strengthens professional connections, facilitates growth and recognition, whilst offering its members the chance to make a meaningful impact on trauma care practices in Australia and New Zealand.

As my term as President comes to an end, I have confidence that we will continue to build on this sense of belonging so that all trauma professional across Australia and New Zealand find their professional home within the ANZTS.

Helen Jowett ATS President