Dr. Grant Christey, General Surgeon and Director of Trauma at the Waikato Hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand talks about aspects of traumatic injury Maori people.
Subjects covered include: injury types, data collection and use, strengths and weaknesses of Maori in the mainstream health system and some of the Maori specific health services available in the Midland Region of New Zealand.
Recorded on Saturday, 23 August 2014 at the conjoint meeting of the Provincial Surgeons of Australia and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma and Indigenous Health Committees, Darwin Convention Center, Northern Territory.
A new approach in dealing with trauma patients launched in Hamilton is expected to save about 20 lives each year, and even more if it goes national.
Waikato, Lakes, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki and Tairawhiti District Health Boards are using the system to provide better co-ordination of essential care and rehabilitation for hospital patients.
Nearly 5000 trauma patients are admitted to the hospitals of these district health boards each year.
Surgeon Grant Christey, who heads the new regional trauma team, says the system is based on streamlining processes and providing a holistic approach to care.
He says a clinical trial suggests 21 lives will be saved each year in the Midland region, meaning operating the system nationally could save 80 to 100 people.
Health Minister Tony Ryall says the benefits are fantastic and a national system is being investigated.
Source: Radio New Zealand