Trauma event engages a global crowd

This week The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Trauma Service hosted a masterclass on children’s burns to 162 sites across Victoria, Australia and internationally. 

The session, titled the ‘The A-Z of Children’s Burns’ was done in collaboration with the RCH Burns Team and focused on everything from prevention, to pre-hospital, to long-term rehabilitation and more.

Around 400 health professionals from across Victoria attended the event at the RCH, from medical, nursing, paramedical and allied health care professions involved in trauma care.

The event was also live-streamed to 162 sites locally and around the world. Sites in Victoria included Monash, Bendigo, Swan Hill, Stawell and Albury Wodonga. Professionals from NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania also tuned into the live stream.

Some were joining the event to support their local educational programs, including 30 health professionals attending a trauma education course in Saudi Arabia. Other international sites included New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, Netherlands, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the USA and Chile.

A highlight of the evening was the patient story, where an RCH burns patient and family described their journey from burn to ongoing recovery to the audience.

Trauma Services Director Warwick Teague said the session showcased the expertise of the RCH and the state in trauma care.

“The program demonstrated the breadth of expertise that we have to share, with speakers from Ambulance Victoria, our ED, nursing, anaesthetics, surgery, social work, physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams,” he said.

“The RCH Trauma Evening continues to grow in popularity from year to year, and represents an outstanding example of the RCH leading the way in education and great care.”

The annual RCH Trauma Evening is a leading event in its field, with each year focusing on a different area of paediatric trauma care.

Presenters from the event – back row (L-R): Toby St Clair, Keith Amarakone, Kathy Bicknell. Front row (L-R): Helen Jowett, Tamara Beecroft, Alison Baillie, Anna Lucia, Nicole Alexander, Ioanna Coutsouvelis, Nuala Quinn, Warwick Teague.

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