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About the 
Australasian Trauma Society

Trauma across the spectrum is represented by many clinicians who individually have been members of their particular specialty groups and colleges. The ATS focuses on multidisciplinary trauma management and as such members from many different specialities come together to benefit in the following ways:

History of the the ATS

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More about the ATS

The ATS is the only multidisciplinary trauma society in Australasia. It brings together those who are treating, researching and teaching in trauma as well as those wanting to learn more with the aim to provide the highest standard of trauma care in Australasia. The diversity of members and their vast experience is a great forum for building improvements in injury management across Australia and New Zealand.

The society is now 17 years old and has grown from a small group to a membership of over 200 today.

The society has an annual scientific meeting which rotates around Australasia. There are collaborative meetings with other organisations in order to foster the exchange of concepts in trauma management. At these meetings there is a combination of plenary sessions with invited speakers, free papers, research papers, skills workshops and interactive debates. The meetings are a chance for you to Ask the Specialists (ATS) and keep up with the latest in trauma advances, care and controversies.

The ATS has a quarterly newsletter which includes reviews of recently published articles from the trauma literature as well as an update from the President, notices about upcoming meetings and any other interesting trauma news. The newsletter is sent out either electronically or in hard copy and is a forum for the exchange of ideas and information across the society.

The Journal Injury is our official journal and we have our logo on the front of each issue. Members of the society receive three print copies per year as well as on-line access to all the journal content.

There are Travel Scholarships available for financial members of the society to attend trauma conferences or visit trauma centres in order to improve the level of trauma care in Australasia.

The website is a living document that contains not only our history but also position statements, articles and relevant trauma information on key areas of interest to the society membership.

National Trauma Registry development is of particular interest to the society. This is important in our aim to achieve a National Trauma Minimum Dataset (NTMD). The NTMD is important for quality research, future funding and protocol development and demonstrating the patterns of traumatic injury in Australasia. The identification of these injury patterns is vital in order for us to target appropriate prevention strategies.  

The Trauma Research special interest group aims to involve as many centres and individuals as possible in order to facilitate the ability to participate and contribute to national research projects.

The ATS is looking to try and do more collaborative work in the next few years and we aim to be a leader in the area of trauma research.

Trauma Coordinators have a special interest group within the ATS to exchange ideas and run workshops. Allied Health form a vital part of the trauma team and as such the ATS is actively encouraging new memberships from our Allied Health Clinicians and we now have an Allied Health Clinician as a member of the National Executive.

The executive team of the ATS is drawn from a multidisciplinary background with representation from all groups (nursing, medical, surgical, allied health, and paramedical). We encourage students to join and take an active part in the societies activities.

The workload to be an executive is not onerous and the supportive network helps foster a collaborative approach in getting the job done whilst learning new skills and working with highly motivated members. The executive meets via teleconference every 3 months and face to face at the AGM which is held at our annual scientific meeting. Positions on the executive run for two years with voting at the second yearly AGMs.

The executive is a dynamic group who are keen to mentor and guide others who are interested in becoming involved in the society and executive,

The ATS is a not for profit society with a constitution and mission statement of values and objectives.

        ATS & ANZAST Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

In September 2012, an MOU was established between the Australasian Trauma Society, (ATS) and Australian & New Zealand Association of Surgeons of Trauma (ANZAST).

The ATS was formed to bring together those with a special interest in the care of the injured patient to promote the highest standard of patient care, education, organisation and research in the field of accidental injury. It has a broad membership base reaching out to all clinicians involved in care of the injured.

ANZAST had been formed to oversee post surgical Fellowship experience in the care of injured patients, to promote excellence in surgical care of trauma patients and to advocate on behalf of severe trauma patients and the surgeons who care for them.

Many surgeons have contributions to make to the care of the injured as described in the Constitution of the ATS.  The executive committees of both societies recognised the potential benefits of the two organisations working together to achieve the objectives of both.

The full MOU between the Australasian Trauma Society and ANZAST can be viewed HERE.

The care of trauma patients is becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex. With increasing numbers of survivors, outcome reporting is shifting from mortality rates to the measurement of morbidity and functional gains, highlighting the importance of specialist team management within the continuum of care. Allied health is a broad term and consists of an extensive group of health care professionals who contribute in various ways to the recovery and rehabilitation of trauma patients. From the acute inpatient phase through to community reintegration; allied health clinicians have an important role to play. Joining the Australasian Trauma Society (ATS) offers allied health clinicians from all areas of practice a forum to share information, improve knowledge, enhance care and contribute to a professional body dedicated to trauma. This is an excellent opportunity for a group of professionals with diverse skills, but a common interest, to come together to help shape the management and outcomes of trauma patients
Melissa J Webb
Senior Trauma Physiotherapist, The Alfred Hospital Melbourne, Australia

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