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Trauma Related Research

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The TAC has a long history of financially supporting Victoria’s three trauma data registries.
These cover:

- Major trauma cases (Victorian State Trauma Registry (VSTR)) – in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
- Hospitalised orthopaedic injury cases (Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry (VOTOR))
- Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury cases (Longitudinal Head Injury Outcomes Study at the Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre (MERRC))

VSTR and VOTOR are unique in the world in that they collect long term (up to 2 years) patient reported outcomes for trauma patients.  Overseas trauma registries are now actively seeking to begin collecting long term outcomes using the VSTR as the gold standard model.   MERRC collects outcomes for the admittedly smaller cohort of brain injury cases with follow up to 20 years.

The TAC and the researchers work collaboratively to develop annual analysis plans for TAC data linked to these registries.  These analyses are important to establish the outcomes of TAC cases in the context of the wider trauma patient population and to enable realistic goal setting and targeting for the TAC.

The TAC sponsored the Trauma 2017 conference in Melbourne.  A video about the TAC’s trauma related research program prepared for the conference can be viewed below.

Other useful links:

Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative (VNI)
Evidence & Research Reviews