State trauma organisational structure

Western Australian State Trauma Service

The WA state trauma service is made up of 6 streams:

  1. Major Trauma Services
  2. Metropolitan Trauma Services
  3. Urban Trauma Services
  4. Regional Trauma Services
  5. Rural Trauma Services
  6. Remote Trauma Services.

There are 6 levels of hospital facilities in WA equipped to treat minor and major trauma patients (PDF 454KB).

State Trauma Service Organisational Chart

State Trauma Services

Role delineation and hospital designation

State Trauma Services provide trauma services within a tiered system of 6 WA designated hospitals and health care facilities. Download the Western Australian Trauma System – role delineation (PDF 155KB).

The Trauma Western Australia Working Group recommended designating hospitals and health care facilities to better service trauma patients incorporating:

Service Role
Major Trauma Services This is the central hub of the trauma system and provides definitive care for most of the state’s major trauma caseload.
Metropolitan Trauma Services Provides a second level of trauma care to the Major Trauma Services.
Urban Trauma Services Provides definitive care for non-major trauma according to the availability of local expertise for local communities.
Regional Trauma Services Located in a country regional centre, these hospitals provide a regional focus for definitive care of non-major trauma according to the availability of local expertise.
Rural Trauma Services These are country hospitals, which have 24-hour availability of an on-duty medical practitioner, serving local communities.
Remote Trauma Services These are small hospitals and health centres, which have no immediately available general practitioners, serving people in remote areas.

State Trauma Office

The State Trauma Office assists coordination and reports to the WA State Director of Trauma and the supporting committees. Learn more by downloading the State Trauma Office Organisational Chart (PDF 121KB) and the WA Trauma System and Services Implementation Plan (PDF 521KB).

History of state trauma system and services

In 2003, the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission (NHHRC) made recommendations about the future direction of trauma services in Western Australia (WA).

These recommendations focused on hospital role delineation and networking of trauma services across the state.

As a result, the Trauma Working Group (TWG) of WA was established in 2005 to review the HRC recommendations.

By 2007, the TWG published their findings and 52 state trauma initiatives in the Trauma System and Services: Report of the Trauma Working Group (PDF 664KB).

In 2008, the State Health Executive Forum endorsed the 52 initiatives proposed by the TWG.

From this, the Western Australian Trauma System and Services Implementation Plan (PDF 521KB) was sanctioned in 2009.

This enabled 2 critical elements within the WA Trauma System to be established and introduced: the State Director of Trauma position and the WA Trauma System and Services Implementation Committee.

The state director and the committee are supported by governance structures and key stakeholders working to deliver the WA trauma initiatives.

The proposed outcomes represent a significant milestone in State Health.


The clinical leads of the Injury and Trauma Health Network will determine agreed outputs for the State Trauma Registry database.

Decisions will be made in collaboration with directors of the Adult Major Trauma Service and Paediatric Major Trauma Service.

The Director of the Major Trauma Service will ensure these outputs are delivered.

Contact us

Phone: 9224 2487