The National Critical Care Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) continues to participate as a member on the National Health Emergency Management Committee (NHEMS) and is endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).
NCCTRC have continued to demonstrate the important health support role for the Australian Government with lessons learned through intra and interstate, and international deployments, invaluable for the NCCTRC and AUSMAT.
The expanded role of AUSMAT in the national response to COVID-19 has provided opportunity to explore expansion in public health capability and sustainable workforce models. Strong collaboration and support across a wide range of stakeholders during the pandemic has strengthened the AUSMAT operations as it continues to adapt and evolve to support the needs of the Australian Government.
The NCCTRC provides clinical and academic leadership in trauma and critical care. It builds capacity and capability through strategic partnerships, education and training, research and establishing new clinical standards that drive excellence locally, nationally and internationally.
The NCCTRC has strong ties with public health organisations including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN). The centre works on a regular basis with government agencies, in particular, Emergency Management Australia, Attorney General Department, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, AusAID and the Department of Health, as well as the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
World Health Organization (WHO)
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system. the WHO work with 194 member states, across six regions, from more than 150 offices. The main areas of work are health systems, health through the life-course, noncommunicable and communicable diseases, preparedness, surveillance and response, and corporate services.
Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN)
The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) is a network operating under the World Health Organization.
GOARN responds to public health emergencies with the deployment of multidisciplinary staff, and resources to affected countries. The GOARN is made up of 270 partners in technical and public health institutions, laboratories, NGOs, and other organisations that respond to outbreak and emergency response. As a GOARN partner, NCCTRC and AUSMAT contribute their clinical, public health and epidemiological expertise for preparedness and outbreak response affected countries.
Australian Trauma Quality Improvement Program (AusTQIP)
The Australian Trauma Quality Improvement Program (AusTQIP) is a collaboration among 26 designated Australian Major Trauma Centres to further develop quality improvement systems and patient safety initiatives.
AusTQIP aims to share expertise and data to improve the quality of trauma care, trauma system performance, survival and quality of life for injured patients, and implement an integrated and coordinated approach to improving quality system processes nationally.
AusTQIP is underpinned by the development of an Australian Trauma Registry (ATR) to provide an evidence base for trauma quality improvement and scope development of risk-adjusted benchmarking of performance indicators. Through the ATR, AusTQIP will provide a standardised dataset that is comparable that can be adopted and used for measuring quality by the Major Trauma Centres and the State Trauma Registries.
Charles Darwin University (CDU)
The National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre has developed a grant funding agreement with Charles Darwin University for development and delivery of a suite of Health Emergency related postgraduate courses, commencing with a Graduate Certificate and Masters of Aeromedical Retrieval. This is in collaboration with Care Flight and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The curriculum will offer unique opportunities with core subjects being developed on international assistance operations and humans at extremes (impact of environment on human function). Further collaboration is planned to develop a Masters of Disaster Medicine. Work has commenced in parallel to this program to develop the Graduate Certificate and Master of Health Emergency Preparedness and Response with the aim of delivery first semester 2022.
These programs will incorporate providing academic recognition of AUSMAT training courses.
Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS)
The Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) is Australia's leading health care assessment and accreditation provider. They are an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving quality in health care. The council represents governments, consumers and peak health bodies from throughout Australia.
ACHS works with health care professionals, consumers, and government and industry stakeholders to develop and continually review health standards.
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Timor-Leste health engagement group
In January 2020 the NCCTRC established the Timor-Leste Health Engagement Group with the aim to develop, coordinate and support capacity building in the Timor-Leste health system.
The group includes members from NCCTRC, NT Health, Menzies School of Health Research, Maluk Timor, Timor-Leste Department of Health and Timor-Leste Ambulance Service.