Trauma, defined as physical injury to the body, affects people
of all ages and is the greatest cause of death up to the age of 45
years. Injury leaves many with a serious lifelong disability. Much
traumatic injury however, is preventable.
The RACS Trauma Committee
and its subcommittees have a long history of development and
activity in trauma prevention and the management of trauma
The College's activities and initiatives include:
An annual event, usually in Melbourne incorporating meetings of
the Trauma Committee and its subcommittees and a Symposium or
Workshop on aspects of Trauma management and/or prevention.
In 2018, Trauma Week is being held in conjunction with the RACS
Scientific Meeting held at the Medical Science
Precinct, University of Tasmania, Hobart from 9-10 November
Theme Regional Trauma in
Australasia: What is possible and how far can we reach?
Invited speaker Mr David Hoyt, Executive
Director, American College of Surgeons
Trauma Week dinner - fundraising for the Damian McMahon
Trauma Research Travel Grant. A fund has been set up
at the College to cover the
Damian McMahon Trauma Research Travel Grant and a corpus of
$20,000 has already been raised. We are aiming for $60,000 to
sustain the awarding of a grant each year. A painting, by
Victorian artist, Di Crawford 'Glimpse of Cape
Leveque Beach' (a 76cmx76cm Acrylic) will be auctioned at
the Trauma Week dinner in Hobart on Friday 9 November 2018. Find out more about the artist. For early bids
email or phone +61 3 9276 7448.
Program information can be found on the Tasmania office page
or by contacting the Tasmanian Regional Office or Conferences &
Events team on firstname.lastname@example.org
information on previous Trauma Weeks.
Find a number of selected journals and books specific to
Trauma on the following pages. You will also find the link to sign
up to trauma related eTOCs to be emailed directly to
Quad bike injuries and fatalities on the rise.
In August 2015 the Queensland Deputy State Coroner handed down
findings in relation to the deaths of nine people involved in quad
bike accidents in Queensland between March 2012 and January 2014.
Sadly three were children. Despite having four wheels, quad bikes
have a high centre of gravity and a narrow wheelbase, making them
unstable. Most injuries and deaths involve the bike rolling onto
the rider and can occur at low speed.
Fourteen people have died in accidents involving quad bikes on
Australian farms already this year (September 2015). Data from the
Australian Trauma Registry shows that major injuries from quad
bikes have also been rising from 26 in 2010 to 51 in 2012. Of the
111 major injuries which occurred from 2010-2012, more than a
quarter of the riders were under 25 years of age.
RACS will continue to advocate strongly for an Australasian New
Quad Bike Assessment program, all available strategies that will
prohibit children under the age of 16 from riding adult-sized quad
bikes, and the necessity of mandatory quad bike handling training
for all new owners.
For latest research involving quad bikes watch:
The video has kindly been supplied by SafeWork
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Guidelines on the Management of Wounds in Disaster
A set of guidelines to help first responders and health care
personnel with the initial management of wounds to prevent
infection and further tissue loss were developed by the College as
a result of a study on wound management in disaster settings
conducted by Wuthisuthimethawee P., et al. See the College's Global Health
Advocacy page to download the poster outlining these guidelines
and the World Journal of Surgery article reporting on the
Equipment List for those deployed in a Disaster
Deployment Personal Equipment List (PDF
guidelines and online resources for trauma care providers.
Leading trauma experts speak at the ASC
Interviews with Daryl Wall, Russell Gruen and Scott D'Amours
during the RACS 2012 Annual Scientific Congress in Kuala Lumpur,
Guidelines for a Structured Approach of Optimal Trauma
for a Structured Approach to the Provision of Optimal Trauma
Care were updated in a 2012 revision funded by the Health
Quality and Safety Commission and undertaken by the NZ Trauma
Committee of the College.
Clinical Series on Trauma Surgery in The Lancet
Australasia's reputation as a world leader in trauma research,
trauma care and system design has been highlighted with the
publication of a major Clinical Series on Trauma Surgery in The
Lancet in September 2012.
Lyn Journeaux, Trauma Committee Secretariat
Karen Gordon-Clark, Road Trauma Advisory Subcommittee
Karen Coates, Trauma Verification Program Coordinator
Trauma Committee Secretariat
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7448
Fax: +61 3 9276 7432