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Thursday 4th October
Thursday 4th October
Allied Health & Health Science Workshop
09:00 - 12:00

Lets’ make your job easier to prepare your trauma patient for discharge or transfer to another service. This workshop will cover the essentials to communicate to patients and other providers, rehabilitation that is possible within clinical restrictions, creating recovery programs from minimal resources, factors for healing, overcoming misconceptions, multi-trauma case studies, management of spinal injuries and useful measures.

Trauma Ultrasound Workshop
09:00 - 12:00

Keen to learn how to perform eFAST scanning? This short course will teach you how, and is also suitable for those looking to get numbers for their logbook. On the day, most of your time will be spent scanning normal and ‘abnormal’ volunteers. You will be taught by faculty drawn from local Emergency Physicians who have subspecialised in Ultrasound. Before the course there will be approximately 2 hours of online videos to watch and a short pre-quiz to complete. The course will be most useful to you and your patients if you do pursue credentialing through the ASUM’s (Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine) eFAST CCPU, or through the ACEM. You can do this course with absolutely no background knowledge of Ultrasound, and you are sure to enjoy yourself. Duration is 3 hours, and is limited to 24 particpants.

Workshop sponsored by FujiFilm SonoSite and Tristel

Nursing Quality Improvement and Data Management Forum
09:00 - 17:00

Trauma Registries are the underpinning essential tool for all Trauma Services. These are used to improve patient care via performance improvement, complication minimisation, case management and research. Understanding the data collected in a registry is a special skill, understanding how your data is collected and the definition used can change the implications of what is collected. This workshop is aimed at all Trauma Service Registry staff and Trauma Service Program Managers to enhance your knowledge in data quality, what to collect and how, getting the data out of the registry in a meaningful way, analysis tools available and reviewing quality indicators.

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Workshop sponsored by National Trauma Research Institute, Queensland

Trauma Research Workshop
14:00 - 17:00

The Trauma 2018 Research Forum invites you to submit a summary of current research projects for presentation. This will allow researchers to present their work for feedback regarding clinical application, engaging others in multi-institutional projects, and constructive feedback on how to improve the study design. It will also allow researchers to present work that presents significant logistical challenges so that others may learn from their experience. Registration for the workshop is free of charge, however places will be prioritised to those who have a project to present. Project summaries should be emailed to the Trauma Conference Secretariat at

Emergency Airway Management Workshop
14:00 - 15:45

This multi-disciplinary, team-focused interactive workshop will provide an overview of the knowledge and skills essential to provide safe airway management. It will focus on identifying and safely managing those at high risk of airway difficulty. During the 90 minute workshop, participants will rotate through presentations, small group discussions, hands-on skills stations, and mini-scenario/simulations relevant to a broad range of clinician backgrounds, facilitated by a team of airway experts. Pre-reading will provide essential background on the concepts required to make safe airway management a “team sport” in which effective communication and the use of cognitive aids can prevent or avert a crisis situation.

Injury Reviewer Workshop and Reception
17:00 - 19:00

Journal reviewers will receive an invitation to attend this workshop in July 2018.

sponsored by Elsevier

Friday 5th October
Friday 5th October
Opening Plenary Session
08:00 - 10:00

0800 - 0810 Welcome to country

0810 - 0840 Traumatic brain injury and how to optimise outcomes Prof. Fiona Lecky

0840 - 0910 The place of ECMO in acute trauma resuscitation A/Prof. David Zonies

0910 - 0940 The current role of decompressive craniectomy: based on the current evidence and ethical practice Prof. Stephen Honeybul

0940 - 1000 Predicting outcomes following mild traumatic brain injury Prof. Melinda Fitzgerald

Morning Tea

Concurrent Session 1 - Trauma conundrums
10:30 - 12:30

1030 - 1050 Elderly trauma and optimal outcomes Prof. Fiona Lecky

1050 - 1110 Palliative care in trauma: A new sub-specialty? A/Prof. David Zonies

1110 - 1130 Venous thromboembolism in trauma A/Prof. David Mountain

1130 - 1150 Is it still necessary to immobilise the neck prior to radiology in the acute trauma patient? Dr Tony Smith

1150 - 1210 What is the right size for a chest tube? Does size matter? Dr Savitha Bhagvan

1210 - 1230 Penetrating neck trauma: investigate or explore? Dr Sudhakar Rao

Concurrent Session 2 - Trauma Radiology
10:30 - 12:30

1030 - 1050 Spinal radiology controversies A/Prof. Dinesh Varma

1050 - 1110 Interventional radiology in trauma: The new "surgery" Dr Rory McPherson

1110 - 1130 Optimal abdominal imaging in trauma A/Prof. Dinesh Varma

1130 - 1150 Neurointerventional radiology: New frontiers Dr Tim Phillips

1150 - 1210 CT pan scans: What are the dangers? A/Prof. Dinesh Varma

Concurrent Session 3 - Free Papers
10:30 - 12:30

1030 - 1045 Fibrinogen concentrate vs. cryoprecipitate in severe traumatic haemorrhage in children: A pilot randomised controlled trial Dr Don Campbell and Elizabeth Wake

1045 - 1100 Pelvic binder placement - tightening it up Dr Chris Bong

1100 - 1115 ‘To scan or not to scan’ in the trauma setting – a retrospective study Dr Teresa Holm

1115 - 1130 Identifying areas for improvement in paediatric trauma care using peer-review Ms Belinda Kennedy

1130 - 1145 Refinement of an evidence-informed care bundle for blunt chest injury Ms Sarah Kourouche

1145 - 1200 Four quadrant decompressive craniotomy vs conventional decompressive craniectomy for traumatic brain injury: A randomized controlled trial Dr Siddharth Vankipuram

1200 - 1215 A level one Australasian trauma centre’s five year experience of traumatic urethral injuries Dr Jan Fletcher

1215 - 1230 The rise and changing nature of thoracic injuries among the major trauma population Dr Noha Ferrah

12:30 - 13:30

Plenary Session 2 - Trauma Outcomes
13:30 - 15:30

1330 - 1350 The TARN evaluation of the UK NHS trauma system after reorganization Prof. Fiona Lecky

1350 - 1410 The burden of injury in the developing world: Are there tangible solutions A/Prof. David Zonies

1410 - 1430Clinical trials for spinal cord injury Prof. Sarah Dunlop

1430 - 1450 The increasing cost of injury: What can be done? Dr Delia Hendrie

1450 - 1510 The New Zealand pre-hospital fatal injury outcome study A/Prof. Bridget Kool

1510 - 1530 The Australian and NZ National Trauma Registry: What can it achieve? Dr John Crozier

Afternoon Tea

Concurrent Session 4 - Trauma Education
16:00 - 18:00

1600 - 1620 DSTC / DATC: What is old is new again? Dr Ian Civil

1620 - 1640 10th edition EMST: An update Dr Kate Martin

1640 - 1700 Trauma critical incident review Prof. Michael Parr

1700 - 1720 Trauma case management: How to train for it? Dr Rebekah Ogilvie

1720 - 1740 Is there a role for simulation in Trauma training Tony Lock

Concurrent Session 5 - Military Trauma
16:00 - 18:00

1600 - 1620 Trauma and critical care outcomes: What we can learn from the military? A/Prof. David Zonies

1620 - 1640 Military trauma: What might not translate into civilian practice Colonel Michael Reade

1640 - 1700 Building and evaluating the military trauma system Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Chambers

1700 - 1720 How to prepare for the unexpected in combat surgical emergencies Prof. Mark Midwinder

1720 - 1740 The art of tactical medicine Major Slavko Takonovic

Concurrent Session 6 - Pre Hospital
16:00 - 18:00

1600 - 1620 When guidelines don't help - a new approach to traumatic cardiac arrest in WA Dr Paul Bailey

1620 - 1640 Capability development framework for aeromedical rescue Mr Derek Parks

1640 - 1700 The evolution of pre hospital care Mr David Ford

1700 - 1720 Aeromedical Trauma retrieval in the largest state Dr Andrew Hooper

1720 - 1740 War and peace – lessons from the battlespace Dr Tony Robins

1740 - 1800 Panel Session

Welcome Reception
18:00 - 20:00

Saturday 6th October
Saturday 6th October
Visco-elastic Monitoring (TEG/ROTEM) in Trauma Bleeding Workshop
07:00 - 08:25

Dr Kerry Gunn

A workshop where the current monitors are demonstrated and aspects of their introduction into hospitals and department discussed. There will be an opportunity for hands on processing of a sample, and demonstration of the software. A small group discussion will cover systems and guidelines that incorporate TEG/ROTEM in clinical decision making in the patient with massive haemorrhage.

Plenary Session 3 - Mass Casualties
08:30 - 10:30

0830 - 0850 The Manchester area bombing and lessons learnt Prof. Fiona Lecky

0850 - 0910 Injuries due to explosive devices: A review Prof. Mark Midwinter

0910 - 0930 Nerve agents: An update Colonel Michael Reade

0930 - 0950 Challenges in designing disaster response capacity for major medical emergencies Dr Paul Barnes

0950 - 1010 Psychological recovery after natural disasters Jess Tearne

Morning Tea

Concurrent Session 7 - Clinical Updates
11:00 - 12:30

1100 - 1120 Current evidence based management of major burns Prof. Fiona Wood

1120 - 1135 Update on abdominal compartment syndrome Dr Kate Martin

1135 - 1150 REBOA in acute trauma management Dr Dieter Weber

1150 - 1205 Brachial plexus injury: Management update Dr Alex O'Bierne

1205 - 1220 Spinal injury: Current concepts in management Dr David Dillon

Concurrent Session 8 - Rural Trauma
11:00 - 12:30

1100 - 1120 Rural trauma outcomes Prof. Daniel Fatovich

1120 - 1140 Training for trauma care in the rural environment Dr Sally McCarthy

1140 - 1200 Is a retrieval team always required for inter-hospital transfer of patients with major trauma? Dr Tony Smith

1200 - 1220 Trauma nursing in a remote environment Ms Caroline Cordy-Hedge

Concurrent Session 9 - Paediatric Trauma
11:00 - 12:30

1100 - 1115 Lessons learned from 500 paediatric major trauma cases in NSW Prof. Andrew Holland and Belinda Kennedy

1115 - 1130 The cut and thrust of paediatric chest trauma Dr Warwick Teague

1130 - 1145 Paediatric eFAST: Black and white or 50 shades of grey? Dr James Flynn

1145 - 1200 The paediatric red blanket Dr Rebecca Cooksley

1200 - 1215 Paediatric cervical spine controversies Dr Nicole Williams

1215 - 1230 Paediatric Trauma is like a box of chocolates…. Sarah Adams

12:30 - 13:30

Plenary Session 4 - National Road Safety Strategy
13:30 - 15:00

1330 - 1345 The clinical perspective of road safety Dr John Crozier

1345 - 1400 How to engage government in the road safety discussion Craig Newland

1400 - 1415 WA Road Safety Strategy: What Have we Achieved? Where to Next? What will you do? Iain Cameron, Chair, WA Road Safety Council

1415 - 1430 Moving towards a safe road system in New Zealand Lisa Rossiter

1430 - 1445 How civil engineering can influence the debate on road safety Warren Sharpe, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia

Afternoon Tea

Concurrent Session 10 - Innovations in Trauma
15:30 - 17:00

1530 - 1550 What is the current place for hypothermia in patients with traumatic brain injury? Prof. Stephen Honeybul

1550 - 1610 The optimal management of major haemorrhage in the trauma patient Dr Kerry Gunn

1610 - 1630 The thrombo-elastogram: A standard of care in trauma centres? Dr Dan Ellis

1630 - 1650 Fibrinogen early in severe trauma study (FEISTY) Dr Don Campbell

1650 - 1710 Code crimson efficacy and outcomes Dr Mark Friederickson

Concurrent Session 11 - Pre-Hospital and Allied Health
15:30 - 17:00

1530 - 1550 Is it safe to discharge patients still in PTA - A retrospective reviewMr Carlo Divita

1550 - 1610 Concussion – Clinical application of emerging evidence Mr Alec Ring

1610 - 1630 Rehabilitation for chest trauma Ms Fiona Coll

1630 - 1650 Balance and vestibular disorders after injury Ms Deb Cawley

1650 - 1710 Integrating orthotic technology and trauma recovery Mr Steve Carpenter

Concurrent Session 12 - Free Papers
15:30 - 17:00

1530 - 1545 Reviewing prehospital trauma deaths Dr Ben Beck

1545 - 1600 Trauma call ratio: A new Royal Australasian College of Surgeons process indicator in trauma care Dr Grant Christey

1600 - 1615 Increasing number of hospitalized bicycle injuries during 2005–2016 Mr Ingar Næss

1615 - 1630 The impact of frailty in critically ill trauma patients: A prospective observational study Ms Claire Tipping

1630 - 1645 Prevalence and management of mild traumatic brain injury at the Royal Melbourne Hospital: A retrospective audit Ms Eloise Thompson

1645 - 1700 Outcomes and costs of severe lower extremity injury Prof. Belinda Gabbe

1700 - 1715 Trauma occupational therapy at the Royal Darwin Hospital: A unique model of care Ms Erica Bleakley

1715 - 1730Comparison of functional capacity index scoring with abbreviated injury scale 2008 scoring in predicting 12-month severe trauma outcomes Mr Cameron Palmer

Conference Dinner
19:30 - 00:00