Trauma Service

Trauma Service

The NCCTRC Trauma Service is an extended-hours trauma nursing service provides a specialist door-to-door discharge to severely injured trauma patients in the Top End. Based at the Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH), this multi-disciplinary team of medical, nursing and allied health professionals delivers specialist trauma care to more than 700 seriously injured patients each year.

The service offers an integrated, holistic model of care for trauma patients, including surgical, diagnostic, medical, nursing and allied health treatment. The Trauma Service also maintains the Trauma Registry and Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) Paediatric Injury Surveillance Registry. The Trauma Registry stores clinical and epidemiological data dating back to 1999. This registry is critical in trauma research, providing valuable information to analyse injuries, injury trends, patient outcomes and quality assurance.

The RDH Paediatric Injury Surveillance Registry captures paediatric injury, clinical and epidemiological data for patients that present to the RDH Emergency Department.

The Trauma Service collaborates with NT stakeholders, including:

  • Aero medical retrieval services
  • St John Ambulance
  • Regional hospitals
  • Remote clinics in the Northern Territory.


Committees the Trauma Service chairs:

  • TEHS Trauma Management Committee (TMC)
  • TEHS Trauma Morbidity and Mortality Review

RDH is a collaborating site to the Australian New Zealand Trauma Registry (ATR) contributing to National reports and is also a member of the Australian Trauma Quality Improvement Program (AUSTQUIP).