As a direct result of the report released in 2017 and lobbying by the Child Injury Prevention Alliance (CHIPA) the Federal government has committed $900,000 toward the creation of a national injury prevention plan in its 2018 Budget.
In response to the outcomes of the study 2 research, Led by Prof Curtis, in 2018 a high profile team of clinicians, researchers, industry partners and funders have joined to create the Childhood Injury Prevention Alliance (CHIPA). CHIPA is working with us to highlight the urgent need for coordinated action in light of the recent national report outlining the causes, characteristics, treatment costs and survival rates of childhood hospitalised injury.
13th October 2017
Professor Kate Curtis was awarded the Julie Finucane OAM Medal for Leadership in Emergency Nursing. The award is the highest honour of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia. It recognizes a member of the college, who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the leadership of the profession and discipline of emergency nursing and to the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia.
11th-13th October 2017
Results from the Paediatric Critical Injury Research Program were presentedat the 15th International Conference for Emergency Nurses, Sydney Australia.
Professor Kate Curtis presented the results of Project 2: Childhood injury in Australia, highlighting the need for injury prevention strategies in Australia. http://2017.icen.com.au/2499
Development of the Major Trauma Case review tool, undertaken as a part of project 6, was presented by Professor Curtis. The tool is evidence informed, incorporating both human and system safety factors, for use in the review of major paediatric trauma cases. http://2017.icen.com.au/2533
Dr Alexandra Young presented results from project 3 baseline interviews, providing an overview of the support needs of parents of critically injured children during their emergency department admission. http://2017.icen.com.au/2493
Two-year follow up for project 3 is complete, investigating the unmet needs of parents following a child’s major injury. Twenty-two parents were retained from the initial 40 interviewed at baseline. Data analysis is ongoing, results for the first part of the study were published in September 2016.
The Child Safety Good Practice Guide has been released. Professor Kate Curtis and A/Prof Rebecca Mitchell are working with those responsible for the report, in an attempt to address the gaps in trauma care and injury prevention for children.
13th June 2017
The Paediatric Critical Injury Research team, led by the University of Sydney’s Professor Kate Curtis are pleased to present the first national profile of childhood injury in Australia. Funded by the Day of Difference Foundation the report is accompanied by nine recommendations from Australia’s leading paediatric trauma nurses, surgeons, physicians and researchers to government. The report provides extensive data and commentary on the causes, costs and incidence of hospitalisations and deaths arising from injuries among children aged 16 years and younger.
Prior to commencing project 6 ‘Evidence to change policy and improve health outcomes of severely injured children’, there existed no published, evidence informed, tool to aid in the review of trauma care delivery.
As part of the project,a trauma case review tool was developed and validated. This tool is being used in the project in the review of care delivery to paediatric trauma patients. Detail related to the development and validation has been published with Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine and is available on open access.
7th October 2016
The final peer review meeting for project 6 was held today, with four meetings held this year. There will be additional meetings in early 2017 to complete the review process for the project.
Preliminary results from the peer review process has resulted in feedback being provided to treating healthcare services and recommendations for equipment changes.
30th September 2016
Recruitment of children to project 6 from the three NSW Paediatric Trauma Centre’s has finished, completing 15 months of recruitment of children meeting study inclusion. Further children meeting the study inclusion criteria, not recruited via the Paediatric Trauma Centres, will be identified through trauma and coronial databases so any existing healthcare records can be reviewed.
Recruitment, and follow, up of parents to the study continues.
23rd September 2016
The first results paper for project 3 accepted for publication with Injury, Experiences and needs of parents of critically injured children during the acute hospital phase: A qualitative investigation.
The paper is available on open access.
Study protocol for project 3, investigating the experiences, emotional wellbeing and unmet needs of parents of injured children accepted for publication BMC Paediatrics. The paper is available to read on open access.
5th May 2016
The Study Protocol for project 6 was accepted for publication by the Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, full text can be accessed here.
11th March 2016
Study 3 seeks to understand the experiences of parents when dealing with a child suffering traumatic physical injury. Emma and John’s stories assist to provide some insight into the experiences and emotions of the parents in these circumstances.
28th February 2016
The results of project 4, investigating how care is provided to paediatric trauma patients and their families in Australia, was accepted for publication in Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Full text can be accessed here.
19th February 2016
The first peer review panel came together for study 6 at Sydney Nursing School. It was a collaboration of experienced clinicians, who will assist to identify areas of the paediatric trauma system that could be improved, as well as those areas where the system works effectively to deliver appropriate care.
Front: Dr Gary Tall, Ms Kellie Wilson, Dr Oran Rigby, Associate Professor Brian Burns, Mr Allan Loudfoot, Mr Stuart Dickinson, Ms Tona Gillen, Professor Tim Lyons
Back: Dr Connie Van, Ms Amy McCarthy, Professor Kate Curtis, Dr S V Soundappan, Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell, Professor Andrew Holland, Ms Belinda Kennedy
The results of Study 1, an integrative literature review exploring the existing models of care delivery of critically ill and injured children, was accepted for publication with Journal of Pediatric Nursing is available on open access here.