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The serious traumatic brain injury (sTBI) project is the third of three discrete areas of focus within the National Trauma Network’s quality improvement workstream.

The sTBI project team is looking for a group of expert advisors to form a collaboration to develop national consistency in the acute management of sTBI (isolated or complex) patients that reduces mortality and secondary injury morbidity regardless of location of injury.

If you are a clinician, administrator, patient or whānau with lived experience of sTBI, we welcome your expression of interest to join the expert advisory group.

A brief background on the project follows. For more detail, see the sTBI project brief and expert advisory group expressions of interest/terms of reference documents at the bottom of this page.

For enquiries, please contact Tony Mottershead, senior project manager.

Background on the sTBI project

Around 35 percent of all major trauma experienced in Aotearoa New Zealand have an associated sTBI.

Early analysis of New Zealand Trauma Registry data suggests there is some variation in how sTBI is managed and outcomes for patients who suffer sTBI, by population, geography and destination hospital. This variation is probably driven by a mix of diagnostic, prognostic and system factors and may present barriers for people who need to access the right care in the right place at the right time following serious injury.

Such variation is not well understood and may impact patients’ and whānau long-term recovery and have consequences for use of health care services and costs of care. 

Managing variation at the population level would present opportunities for improvement at a national level and allow local or regional approaches to be tested.

Last updated: 10th November, 2021