The 1999 Review of Trauma and Emergency Services (ROTES) report recognised that an effective trauma system requires formal monitoring and feedback processes. It recommended a state trauma registry be established to ascertain the effectiveness of the system and to provide ongoing monitoring of major trauma patients.
The Victorian State Trauma System (VSTS) was introduced to improve the delivery of trauma care in this state. The Victorian State Trauma Registry (VSTR) has enabled monitoring and analysis of the VSTS to critically review trauma care across the state with the aim of reducing preventable deaths and permanent disability from major trauma.
The VSTORM group based at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University coordinates the registry.
The VSTORM chief investigators are:
- Prof. Belinda Gabbe (Head of the Victorian State Trauma Registry, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University)
- Prof. Peter Cameron (Chief Investigator, Victorian State Trauma Registry, Monash University)
- Dr Ben Beck (Chief Investigator, Victorian State Trauma Registry, Monash University)
- Prof. John McNeil (Head, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University)
The Victorian State Trauma Registry
The Department of Human Services (now the Department of Health), in collaboration with the Victorian Trauma Foundation (now Transport Accident Commission Health Research), commissioned the development of the Victorian State Trauma Registry (VSTR) in 2001.
The VSTR includes the follow up of major trauma patients who survive to hospital discharge; a unique attribute that provides critical information about the quality of survival of major trauma patients in Victoria and the capacity to monitor the burden of major trauma over time.
The VSTR collects and analyses patient information from health services managing trauma patients across the state. The registry collects information from 138 health services.