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November 2019

Tears, hugs, and serious injuries in a day’s work for a trauma nurse

Until her retirement in early August, Jenny was a trauma clinical nurse specialist at Waikato Hospital, involved with the Midland Trauma System. 

Jenny talks in a recent interview about the immeasurable role of supporting patients and whānau through their recovery journey.

Read the full article here by Stuff



October 2019

Dr Ian Civil awarded prestigious international prize

Dr Ian Civil, the National Clinical Lead for the New Zealand Trauma Network, received the prestigious Prize of the “Société Internationale de Chirurgie” at the 48th Annual World Congress of Surgery in Krakow, Poland. The prize consists of a medal and is awarded to the surgeon who has published work which has made the most notable and useful contributions to surgical science. The award is decided by majority vote from members of the Society. 

The Société Internationale de Chirurgie (SIC) is the oldest and most prestigious international surgical society in the world. It has over 3,000 members representing 100 countries.

Read more about the Prize of the “Société Internationale de Chirurgie” on the International Society of Surgery/Société Internationale de Chirurgie website.



October 2019

Learning from an international leader in trauma

We recently had the pleasure of hearing from Professor Karim Brohi in Christchurch and Wellington. The two sessions were incredibly valuable, and it was great to see many trauma colleagues attend, including those who joined through the live-streaming session. 

In Christchurch Prof Brohi discussed the management of hospital teams in mass casualty incidents, and how to care for both patients and staff. 

In Wellington we were hosted by the Hon Iain Lees-Galloway at Parliament (read the full speech here). Prof Brohi demonstrated the value of coordinated care through a network trauma system using the London Major Trauma System as a model example. 

If you missed the seminar in Christchurch, the edited videos are now available here

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April 2019

New partnership with the Health Quality and Safety Commission

We are pleased to announce, a five-year improvement programme between ACC, on behalf of the National Trauma Network and the Health Quality and Safety Commission (the Commission) has been underway. This partnership brings significant support to delivering:

  • quality improvement across the trauma system, to create a system that learns and evolves 
  • analytics and research so work is data-driven and based on evidence 
  • a long-term outcomes survey to help understand how injured people cope at home so they can be better supported in their recovery