Queenslanders living in regional, rural and remote areas have a higher incidence of traumatic injury and poorer access to health services than their urban counterparts.
Researchers propose to undertake a first-of-its-kind study to classify and characterise trauma patients from these areas serviced by Townsville, Cairns, Mt Isa, and Mackay Hospitals over the three-year period 2016-2018. Using patient records, researchers will examine the clinical therapies and interventions used and patient outcomes from point-of-injury through to hospital discharge.
The study will capture, collate and compare patient data from Queensland Health, Retrieval Services Queensland (RSQ), LifeFlight Retrieval Medicine (LRM) and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) to assess the current state of emergency trauma care in the Queensland Tropics, and any potential gaps in aeromedical healthcare delivery. The results will also provide a springboard for a wider system and processes assessment of emergency trauma care for the benefit of patients in North Queensland.
- Dobson, G.P., Gibbs, C., Poole, L., Butson, B., Lawton, L.D., Morris, J.L., Letson, H.L., 2022. Trauma care in the tropics: addressing gaps in treating injury in rural and remote Australia. Rural and remote health, 22(1), pp.e6928-e6928.
- Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM), "Study Tackles Inequities in Trauma Patient Care in North Queensland", 29 June, 2022. (https://www.aithm.jcu.edu.au/study-tackles-inequities-in-trauma-patient-care-in-north-queensland/)
- James Cook University's media release promoting the project “Trauma Care in the Tropics”, 4 May 2022. (https://www.jcu.edu.au/news/releases/2022/may/trauma-care-in-the-tropics)
- Dobson, G. & Letson, H., Channel 7 Townsville Local News feature story talking about the project, 4 May 2022.
- Gibbs, C., Regional Radio interviews, Power 100 in Townsville and Zinc in Cairns
Dr Clinton Gibbs
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