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The Commission has funded 12 scholarships to participate in a trauma quality improvement facilitator course, delivered by Ko Awatea in 2020.

The course began in March with a two-day workshop at Ko Awatea. Due to the impact of COVID-19 the course was put on hold from late March until July. The format of the course was adjusted for online delivery only and extended through until the end of February 2021, in consideration of the lost time due to COVID. As at early November, participants are now more than halfway way through the course and well into the testing phase with their quality improvement projects.

Applicants must have an active role in the management of trauma patients and be involved at a hospital or regional level in the organisation of multidisciplinary trauma care delivery.

During the 10-month course participants are taught quality improvement theory and be supported to practically apply that theory by completing a project. The project must be strategically important to their organisation and to their patients and communities, and related to one of the areas below.

The three areas of focus are:

  • critical haemorrhage
  • trauma rehabilitation
  • severe traumatic brain injury.

On completion of the course, participants will have the skills and knowledge to be able to advise and guide improvement activities in their organisations, resulting in safer care for people and their whānau.

Visit the National Trauma Network website for more information.

Summary of projects

Last updated: 10th November 2021