Project Report

Queensland Trauma Education (QTE): an innovative simulation program that addresses the needs and barriers of interprofessional trauma care education across a complex landscape


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Kirsty McLeod
1 MPsychOrg; PhD, Senior Research Fellow * ORCID logo

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Laura Owens

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Frances Williamson
2 Senior Staff Specialist

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Belinda Faulkner

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Mia McLanders
1 Healthcare Researcher ORCID logo


1 Clinical Skills Development Service, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston, Brisbane, Qld 4029, Australia

2 Emergency Department, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston, Brisbane, Qld 4029, Australia

ACCEPTED: 28 February 2024

early abstract:

Background: Effective trauma care requires the rapid management of injuries. Rural and remote areas face inequity in trauma care due to time, distance, and resource constraints, and experience higher morbidity and mortality rates than urban settings. A training needs analysis (TNA) conducted with stakeholders across Queensland, Australia, revealed a lack of contextual, accessible, and inter-professional trauma education for clinicians. The Clinical Skills Development Service and Jamieson Trauma Institute developed the Queensland Trauma Education (QTE) program to address these concerns. QTE comprises a face-to-face training course and open access to online training resources created and reviewed by trauma experts. QTE also supports local training through a state-wide simulation network and free access to simulation training equipment. The aim of this article is to review the QTE program and assess the benefits to clinicians in both the delivery of education and the provision of trauma care.
Method: To evaluate the QTE program, a desktop review was conducted. This included analyses of website data, course and website content, and facilitator, stakeholder, participant, and user feedback. The data were evaluated using the RE-AIM (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance) framework, and the program’s alignment with the original TNA outcomes was assessed.
Results: The results showed that QTE aligns with the identified training needs. Specifically, QTE provides trauma education that is relevant, sustainable, employs best practice, is locally delivered, provides continuous support, is multi-disciplinary, multi-platformed, physically accessible, and accredited by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. The review also highlights how QTE has effectively been reaching its target population, improves knowledge and skills, has become widely adopted, and been implemented and maintained with relative success.
Discussion: The innovative QTE program addresses the previous deficits in trauma education and meets the needs identified in the TNA. The review also reveals further opportunities for continuous improvement and program sustainability.