About MTS

About MTS



The Midland Trauma System (MTS) puts the needs of the patient first. It is a network of specialised, clinical personnel committed to ensuring application of best practice in trauma care across the Midland Region. Clinical staff members perform clinical risk assessment and mitigation, collect trauma data, and facilitate local trauma committees to enable quality improvement initiatives. The hub group based at Waikato DHB manages the regional database; develops and manages clinical guidelines and transfer protocols; identifies and actions system change; and supports the activities of MTS clinicians and the Midland Trauma Research Centre. MTS members contribute to national and international bodies engaged in trauma quality improvement and resource planning.


MTS was established in 2010 to initiate the development of clinical trauma services and provide a supportive regional network in which they could grow and consolidate their functions. MTS clinical staff contribute data to a customised regional trauma database which is the platform for a regional Trauma Quality Improvement Programme (TQIP). These staff are responsible for local governance and quality improvement activities within an ethos of clinical autonomy enhanced by collaboration and shared resources.

MRTS Operational model diagram


The Midland community will receive highest quality trauma care


  • Patients first
  • Ensuring highest quality trauma care
  • Focused on patient needs
  • Promoting collaboration between all trauma care providers


  • To enable provision of highest quality trauma care focused on the needs of patients
  • To improve patients journeys by encouraging collaboration between all trauma care providers
  • To develop a trauma quality improvement programme based on trauma registry data
  • To ensure that stakeholders are informed of MTS activities and progress
  • To ensure adequate resourcing and sustainability of MTS