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The National Trauma Network is running a national collaborative focused on improving rehabilitation for major trauma patients. Eleven projects were selected for the collaborative which began on 30 March 2021.

During the course of the collaborative, regional teams will come together for three in-person learning sessions over the course of the year. The focus is on learning from each other and recognised experts in the topic area and learning quality improvement tools and techniques. The teams take the learning ‘home’ and work on their projects between each learning session – known as the action period.

Support during the action period is provided by the Commission’s national project team and peers through Zoom meetings, online forums and onsite mentoring visits.

The end product/output will be written summaries of the projects that others can learn from and replicate to resolve similar issues.

Information about the chosen projects is available below.

The collaborative is part of the major trauma quality improvement programme, a partnership between the National Trauma Network (the Network), the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and the Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission).

Provider Project name
ABI Rehabilitation and Active + Mapping referral pathways for trauma patients requiring rehabilitation services
ABI Rehabilitation and Active + Concussion screening for paediatric major trauma patients
Auckland District Health Board (DHB) Improving allied health assessment and discharge processes for patients with traumatic brain injury at Auckland DHB
Canterbury DHB Concussion assessment and referral for follow-up clinics for minor traumatic brain injury presentations
Capital & Coast DHB Improving the experience for patients presenting with major trauma
Counties Manukau Health Providing consistency in screening for post-traumatic amnesia following traumatic injury
MidCentral DHB Examining allied health assessment and care of major trauma patients from admission to discharge
Nelson Marlborough Health Client and whānau-centred coordination from in-patient to community-based health services
Northland District Health Board  Evaluating the issues for major trauma patients transitioning from acute settings to community care
Southern DHB Te ara marama – improving transitions to the community for Māori trauma patients
Taranaki DHB

Allied health management of head injuries improvement project


For any questions about the projects or the Commission’s trauma rehabilitation workstream please email


Last updated: 2nd December 2021