Injury is still the leading cause of death in people aged less than 44 years in Australia. Improving trauma systems has been shown to reduce preventable death following injury by more than 50% so the significance of effective trauma systems should not be underestimated. Recognising this, the National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI) established the Australian Trauma Quality Improvement Program (AusTQIP) and the Australian Trauma Registry (ATR) in 2012. AusTQIP brought together Australia’s 26 designated trauma centres to form a collaboration to produce meaningful trauma data to aide in continuous improvement processes. Monash University, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine manage the ATR for the collaboration and welcomes new contributing partners in 2018. The ATR will collect data from 31 Australian sites (see list of contributing partners) and introduce New Zealand to the collaboration to become a bi-national registry.


Key Objectives & Outcomes

The ATR provides a system for monitoring the quality of trauma care provided in the pre-hospital and hospital system. By establishing a risk-adjustment model for benchmarking the trauma centres, the ATR will be better positioned to calculate the true cost of trauma care and provide a platform for the development of service improvements to assist in the minimisation of preventable deaths and disability from major trauma. A national registry also provides the opportunity to streamline efforts and work towards reducing inconsistencies in care across services and States/Territories. In the future, greater focus on quality of life outcomes will be important as most trauma victims will survive.


ATR Bi-annual Bulletin

A bi-annual ATR Bulletin informs contributing sites and stakeholders as to the current activities and important news within the registry. We invite you to see what is new at the ATR. 


ATR Annual Reports

ATR Completeness Reports


ATR Minimum Dataset

The bi-national trauma minimum dataset (BNTMDS) data dictionary was finalised in 2010 by the Trauma Data Working Group for use in Australia and New Zealand. A revised dictionary has been released and is to be used for injury dates from July 2016 onwards.

The BNTMDS Working Group will be reconvened in 2018 to review the BNTMDS and data dictionary on a bi-annual basis. This will ensure it remains relevant into the future.

Contributing Partners

Australian Capital Territory

  • Canberra Hospital

New South Wales

  • New South Wales Institute of Trauma and Injury Management (ITIM)
  • The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
  • John Hunter Hospital
  • John Hunter Children’s Hospital
  • Liverpool Hospital
  • Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • St George Hospital
  • St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital
  • Westmead Hospital

Northern Territory

  • Royal Darwin Hospital


  • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Townsville Hospital
  • Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

South Australia

  • Flinders Medical Centre
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital


  • Victorian State Trauma Registry (VSTR)
  • The Alfred
  • Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital

Western Australia

  • Princess Margaret Hospital for Children
  • Royal Perth Hospital

New collaborators joining in 2018:


  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital


  • Royal Hobart Hospital

New Zealand

  • New Zealand Major Trauma National Clinical Network

Geographic Location(s) Currently Australia-only, soon to bi-national with the introduction of New Zealand.

Chief Investigator(s)Professor Mark Fitzgerald ASM

Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee Associate Professor Kate Curtis

Year Commenced2011

Expected CompletionOngoing

Research Funding Bodies

  • Interim grant 2016 provided by: The Alfred Foundation 2017 – 2019: Joint Federal funding from Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) and Department of Health (DoH) & National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, Darwin, Northern Territory

  • Seed funding 2011-2014 provided by: Alfred Health, Melbourne, Victoria


ContactEmily McKie,
Australian Trauma Registry
Level 3, 553 St Kilda Road
Melbourne 3004
Ph: 03 9903 0889