Regional Trauma Director 

The Regional Trauma Director provides the required leadership for a Regional Trauma Service (RTS) to function within the individual hospital and the wider Local Health District (LHD). The Regional Trauma Director’s role includes the development, implementation and evaluation of trauma system protocols, which meet the needs of the trauma patient from pre-hospital through to rehabilitation.


Please note the following outline of the tasks of the Trauma Director is generic in nature and is a guide only.

The tasks, which accompany the function of the Regional Trauma Director, include:

Clinical Activities

  • Provide clinical expertise in resuscitation and the ongoing treatment of patients with multiple serious injuries.
  • Coordinate the care of the patient between multiple services and specialties.
  • Participate in the on call roster for the relevant sub specialty.
  • Lead the weekly multi-disciplinary rounds of trauma patients within the Regional Trauma Centre
  • Provide clinical expertise and consultation to local hospitals linked within the LHD.


  • Assumes the administrative function for the Trauma Service including membership of the hospital Clinical Executive Group which looks at long term strategic planning for the hospital and LHD sector focussing on service delivery and capital improvement.
  • Coordinates and chairs the LHD Sector Trauma Committee.
  • Assists the Regional Trauma Nurse Coordinator and the multi-disciplinary LHD Trauma Committee with the development of policies and procedures and reviews these annually.

Quality Assurance

  • Reviews complications and deaths of trauma patients within the LHD as referred by the Regional Trauma Nurse Coordinator
  • Assists the Regional Trauma Nurse Coordinator in evaluating the effectiveness of action taken resulting from monitoring the quality and appropriateness of care.
  • Work with the Regional Trauma Nurse Coordinator to analyse tabulated data to determine if trends are evident.


  • Participation in the ongoing education and orientation of hospital and LHD personnel involved in the management of the trauma patient.
  • Conduct weekly educational sessions for members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Teach trainees, residents and interns the principles of evaluation and management of the trauma patient.
  • Provide educational opportunities for medical students rotating through the trauma service.
  • Lecture to medical students who are rotated to the hospital as a requirement of their designated university medical course.
  • Teach and participate at instructor / director levels of the EMST course.
  • Edit and contribute to the hospital trauma clinical practice guidelines


  • Conduct relevant clinical research relating specifically to the evaluation and management of trauma patients.
  • Provide advice and resources to registrars/residents to conduct basic scientific and clinical research.
  • Write and supervise grant applications for financial assistance in the performance of basic scientific and clinical research.
  • Participates in trauma prevention research in partnership with the LHD injury prevention unit.
  • Works with relevant state and national bodies to address the effects of trauma on society

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