“Trauma is an injury caused by physical force. Most often trauma is the consequence of motor vehicle collisions, falls, drowning, gun fire, burns or blunt assault.”
In Australia, trauma is the leading cause of death amongst people aged 1-44 years, accounting for 75% of adolescent deaths and 40% in 15-25 year olds
Many of these are road traumas and sadly, many road traumas are linked to excessive alcohol use and drink driving
Trauma patients, many of whom are young, may never reach their potential
The trauma patients’ suffering extends to their families, friends and workplace and the cost of caring for them becomes a prolonged burden for society (workplace accidents alone, cost the community A$31billion per year – NOHSC)
Trauma is a major issue within the community and the number of cases each year continues to grow at an alarming rate.
‘Trauma’ has the ability to strike down any one, of any age, at anytime, anywhere and it is completely non-discriminate.
THE ALFRED’S TRAUMA SERVICE
As trauma is the biggest killer of Australia’s youth, there is an enormous need to ensure that our community has access to the best trauma care services available.
The Alfred is Australia’s largest and busiest trauma centre, with world class critical care facilities, helipad and biggest intensive care unit, treating 10,000 trauma patients each year.
The Alfred also:
Has world leading survival rates - 88% survival rate, compared to the international benchmark of 80%.
Has an outstanding reputation for excellence in trauma research, teaching, patient care
Is home to the new National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI), which benefits local, national and international communities through: improved mortality & disability rates; improved quality of life for patient & family; lower healthcare costs; eased pressure on other care institutions; lower workplace productivity loss; growing global knowledge resource for trauma management.
Aims to improve patient outcomes by preventing or limiting damage (personal and societal) due to trauma.
In order to meet the increasing trauma demand, while continuing to improve patient outcomes and provide the highest level of care to people in greatest hour of need, the Alfred requires funds to:
Purchase more state-of-the art trauma and operating theatre equipment
Develop further trauma research and educational programs
Convene regular state, national and international scientific meetings on trauma.
The Alfred holds a special place in the hearts of Australians.
As Victoria’s State Trauma Centre, The Alfred’s integrated emergency, trauma, burns and intensive care units provide internationally awarded standards of critical care.
We’re proud of our world-leading survival rates (88% compared with the international benchmark of 80%). Not surprisingly, The Alfred is recognised as a world-class critical care hospital.
Did you know?
The Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre is the largest and busiest in Southern Hemisphere:
It is a dedicated purpose-built facility
Treats close to 50,000 people each year
60 percent of all trauma cases in Victoria are categorised as major trauma are treated at The Alfred
The Intensive Care Unit admits more than 2000 patients each year into its 45 bed unit - one of the biggest ICUs in the world
While Government provides funding for the essentials to effectively run the hospital, additional financial support is required to ensure The Alfred remains at the forefront of saving lives with new technologies and state-of-the-art equipment.
In 2003 The Alfred Foundation launched a new fundraising initiative specifically aimed at raising not only the much needed funds to support trauma services at The Alfred hospital, but also at raising awareness of trauma and its’ impact, most specifically amongst the very people impacted by trauma the most – people aged between 25-45.
With this in mind, eleven, dedicated and committed young individuals, many of whom had been touched by a personal trauma experience at The Alfred, came together to form a committee and developed Life Support.
Jason McCartney, the AFL footballer who was injured in the Bali blast and subsequently made an inspirational return to the football field, was the inaugural patron and enthusiastic committee member, together with his wife, Nerissa.
Mrs Sadhna Wilson now chairs Life Support, a committee of active and dedicated Alfred supporters.
Since the launch in 2003, Life Support has raised over $1 million, all of which has been used to purchase vital, life saving equipment used every day in the trauma and burns units at The Alfred.
All this has been achieved by mobilising young professionals’ consciousness to help other people and to support the community by donating directly to the Life Support and by attending the numerous fundraising events organised by the committee over this period.