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October 2018

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Royal Children’s Hospital staff Keith Amarakone, Stuart Lewena, Alan Ngo, Cameron Palmer, Warwick Teague, Elhamy Bekhit, Helen Jowett, Sile Smith and Karen Sullivan at the trauma forum.

International interest in trauma talks

Health care professionals from across Australia, as well as China, India, Ireland, Saudi Arabia and the United States, joined the Royal Children’s Hospital for the latest RCH Victorian trauma grand round.

The trauma grand round forums present medical problems and treatments of particular patients to large audiences of pertinent health professionals.

It is a collaborative program among Melbourne’s three major trauma services – the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Royal Melbourne and Alfred Hospitals – and Ambulance Victoria.

More than 600 people registered to attend the latest event, which was live-streamed to metropolitan and regional hospitals in Victoria, Ambulance Victoria stations, Australia-wide healthcare sites and to participants around the world.

The Paediatric blunt abdominal trauma. ‘Hands off?’ – How and why we do things differently program was designed to equip and enable people working in the trauma community to recognise and respond to abdominal trauma with experts from the RCH sharing their expertise and case studies.

Trauma director Warwick Teague said he was once again proud of the trauma team’s work to deliver a successful event.

‘It takes a huge team effort to deliver this event and we’re very lucky to have such a dedicated and committed team, who are passionate about providing trauma education to our metropolitation, regional, national and international colleagues.

‘It’s an outstanding example of our commitment to teamwork and finding new ways to learn and improve and I’m delighted we are able to share this work so broadly.

‘Seeing people connect from across Australia – and internationally – is really exciting and a valuable opportunity to share some of the work being done at our great hospital.’

The event generated positive feedback across the RCH Twitter feed with healthcare professionals from across the world commenting.