Our mission is to develop New Zealand's trauma system into an exemplar of best practice care, delivering benefits to patients, the population and achieving efficiencies in the health system.  

A solid foundation of work has been built since 2012, and we are now at a point  where we are transitioning into a maturing system that is: 

  • Patient focused
  • System led
  • Performance driven


Four key areas are identified which we will work to achieve in the next five years, as described in the Strategic plan 2017-2022

  • National consistency: To implement further initiatives that support the consistency of coding, including training, audit, review, pathways, and quality assurance of the data.
  • Sustainability: To support a more sustainable funding model for the network and work with DHBs to progressively implement sufficient FTE allocation for trauma staff
  • Research: To develop a business case for a national trauma research centre to provide high quality analytics and research and to maximise the value of the data collected.
  • Quality Improvement: To initiate quality improvement across the trauma pathway, using research and training to identify local areas of concern and change the parts which need improving.


Why is this important

Injury is the leading cause of death in young New Zealanders aged 0 – 44 years. 

Every year in New Zealand an estimated 1,800 people die from trauma, and mostly before they get to a hospital.  On average, a further 2,000 people are admitted to hospital with major trauma. For those that survive, their injuries can have a profound and lasting impact on their life. Trauma can also affect the lives of a patient’s family and friends. Life after a traumatic event can be one of pain and anguish, disability, and psychological trauma. 

Injured patients stand the best chance of making a good recovery if the trauma system performs well.  A well performing trauma system will lead to lower mortality rates and reduced lifelong disability.