Trauma it’s the major cause of death in ages 45 and under in the Midland's community.
A snap shot of some of the data collected on overall trauma between 2012-2013 showed on average 4,500 people from rural and urban areas, children and elderly were hospitalised due to injury caused by falls, vehicles and assaults.
This is just some of the findings collected by Midland Trauma systems’ (MTS) DHB region: Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Taranaki and Waikato.
On 24 to 25 May the groups came together with industry partners to collaborate on how they can improve this massive problem within our community at MTS Symposium 2017.
The Symposium is designed to link up various organisations to collaborate on shared projects with shared information from DHBs, St John’s through to NZTA.
Trauma Director at Midland Trauma System and Waikato DHB Dr Grant Christey said: “The symposium was a great opportunity to discuss the new data platform on the horizon which will allow us to match up trauma information in a way that has never been done before in New Zealand.
“The new database will give us better visibility of trauma patients and their injuries to help us build more efficient systems and prevent more injuries in the community.
“This offers exciting opportunities to help us solve old problems in new ways by enabling us to target groups of people in the community at risk such as older farmers on quad bikes; child injuries in the home, motorcycle riders, young people in cars, alcohol-related injuries, and the new demographic of the active older person.”
With a variety of speakers from the Ministry of Health to IT professionals, the key note speaker was Belinda Gabbe, head of Pre-Hospital, Emergency and Trauma Research Unit in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Belinda spoke about the improvements the State of Victoria has made with their Trauma Quality Improvement Programme over the last decade. With their larger land scale and population of over 6million, to create a robust pathway to change has been built on quality data and strong collaboration. Something Midland Trauma Systems is doing exceptionally well on.
Read the media coverage the symposium attracted with an interview by Dr Grant Christey and Belinda Gabbe on Stuff Predicting the unpredictable: The data behind random trauma events
If you're aged 55 to 65 and ride a quad bike, watch out.
If you're Maori, male and play rugby in the Bay of Plenty, good luck.
And if you're a man riding a pushbike around the Lakes district, best keep your wits about you.