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About the Statewide Burn Injury Service

The Statewide Burn Injury Service is a network of clinicians, consumers and carers that supports the health system to provide high quality care to patients with burn injuries, throughout the time they need treatment.

Statewide Burn Injury Service Structure

The work of the service is led by an executive committee representing adult and paediatric burn clinicians, burn survivor consumers and local health district executives.

Dianne Elfleet

Diane Elfleet, Co-Chair
Nurse Unit Manager
Severe Burn Unit
Royal North Shore Hospital
Northern Sydney Local Health District

Justine O'Hara

Justine O’Hara, Co-Chair
Burns and Plastics Surgeon
Concord Repatriation General Hospital

The service works with the three tertiary severe burn units:

  • the Children’s Hospital at Westmead
  • Concord Repatriation General Hospital
  • Royal North Shore Hospital.

We work closely with other organisations including the Australian and New Zealand Burn Association (ANZBA), Burn Registry of Australia and New Zealand (BRANZ), International Society for Burn Injuries, NSW Fire and Rescue, Ambulance Service of NSW, Aeromedical Retrieval Service, NSW Kidsafe, NSW Office of Fair Trading, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and NGOs involved in support for burn survivors.

Our groups

Clinical practice review committee

  • Reviews clinical practice, deaths and feedback about the care provided to burn patients transferred to an acute burn unit

Prevention committee

  • Monitors and reviews mechanisms of burn injury
  • Responds with public education on prevention and first aid and reviews safety standards and unsafe products

Burn allied health

  • Professional interest group for allied health professionals working with burn patients
  • Works on identified priority projects and professional education

Burn nurses

  • Professional interest group for nurses working with burn patients
  • Works on identified priority projects and professional education


Our network priorities include:

  • working with clinicians, consumers and carers
  • delivering resources, clinical guidance and specialist burn education to NSW clinicians
  • developing culturally safe and integrated holistic models of care in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples
  • monitoring quality of care and clinical variation
  • preventing burn injuries
  • using telehealth to improve access to burn care
  • identifying gaps and potential improvements to the efficiency and efficacy of burn care.

Contact the Statewide Burn Injury Service