Trauma Talk

From the President – The Winter Edition 2023

From the President

Mass casualty disasters can strike unexpectedly. Close to home, we have experienced the recent bus crashes in Victoria and New South Wales, as well as the horrific hostel fire in Wellington, New Zealand resulting in significant injuries and the tragic loss of many lives.

Mass Casualty Incidents challenge the capacity of healthcare systems and can cause immense human suffering to all involved. As members of the trauma community, we can play a crucial role in ensuring that our regions are adequately prepared to respond to such catastrophic events.

As advocates for trauma care, we can actively engage with policymakers and stakeholders to ensure that our trauma centres and our emergency services have the necessary resources. Adequate funding, staffing, trauma-trained specialists, and medical supplies are essential to effectively respond to mass casualty disasters when they occur.

Collaborating with government agencies, emergency management services, and other relevant stakeholders is essential. By working together, we can contribute to the development and implementation of policies, guidelines, and protocols that enhance disaster preparedness and trauma care.

By promoting research initiatives focused on trauma care, disaster management, and preparedness this can drive innovation and improve outcomes. Evaluating past incidents, studying international best practices, and incorporating lessons learned can enhance our preparedness efforts and lead to continuous improvement.

As members of the trauma community, I believe we have a responsibility to ensure that Australia and New Zealand are prepared to face mass casualty disasters. By establishing comprehensive plans, fostering collaboration, enhancing communication, advocating for resources, investing in research, engaging the community, and collaborating with relevant agencies, we can further strengthen our resilience and response capabilities.

Together, we can save lives, alleviate suffering, and protect our communities in times of crisis. Let us continue to work hand in hand, driven by our commitment to excellence in trauma care and preparedness.

I would like to acknowledge and thank every trauma professional who has played a role in mass casualty disaster responses and to sincerely thank them for their ongoing commitment to providing gold-standard care to the patients and the wider community at large.

Helen Jowett ATS President