About Us

Tracheostomy Review and Management Service (TRAMS)

Established in 2001, the Tracheostomy Review and Management Service (TRAMS) is a multidisciplinary consultative service of tracheostomy specialists, including intensivists, respiratory physicians, speech-language pathologists, clinical nurse consultants and specialist physiotherapists. TRAMS coordinates tracheostomy patient care, multidisciplinary policy and procedures, and provides education across 3 separate hospital sites.  TRAMS also continues care into the community for those with a long-term tracheostomy tube. TRAMS is a founding member and lead site of the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC)


The Victorian Respiratory Support Service (VRSS)

The VRSS is a state wide service providing expert, comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to individuals with chronic respiratory failure who requiring long-term ventilation support.  The service utilizes best practice and fosters research and education in the field of chronic ventilatory failure.


Intensive Care Unit

The Intensive Care Unit provides multidisciplinary care to a wide variety of critically ill patients in a state of the art facility.  The ICU is a 29 bed unit and provides care for over 2000 ICU, 2200 outreach and 500 liaison patients per year. Our specialities include spinal trauma, liver transplant, cardiac, neuro, orthopaedic, thoracic and general medicine; in addition to a range of medical patients.

Significant research projects are undertaken both within the Unit and as part of multi-centre studies. Over the past 15 years Austin ICU has produced over 700 publications.


Victorian Spinal Cord Service (VSCS)

The VSCS is a state wide service providing acute management and rehabilitation for spinal cord injured patients from Victoria, Tasmania and southern New South Wales.

The GTC was formed in 2012 by Dr David Roberson, Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital, together with leaders in tracheostomy to create the world first tracheostomy quality collaborative aimed at improving tracheostomy care around the world.  Austin Health TRAMS is a founding member of the GTC and the lead Asia Pacific site. Around the world, there are now 48 member hospitals, 2800 professional and 150 family members of the GTC.

Now in its 7th year, some of the most notable achievements of the GTC include

  • Reduced Length of Stay for tracheostomy patients by 20% in select hospitals
  • Statistically significant reduction in major adverse events
  • Strong patient and family partnerships with patient and family members many of whom contribute to GTC Newsletters, Webinars and Symposia
  • Annual attendance of 400+ at the International Tracheostomy Symposium
  • 5 Webinars hosted with 350 attendees from around the world
  • 2,800 worldwide members
  • Nearly 50 member hospitals and growing globally
  • Support and engagement from industry suppliers
  • Over 6,000 entries in a global tracheostomy database enabling research and bench-marking

The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) has been providing outstanding care for Victoria’s children and their families for over 140 years, providing full range of clinical services, tertiary care and health promotion and prevention programs for children and young people.  RCH is the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria, Tasmania, southern New South Wales and other states around Australia and overseas.  RCH is a lead Australasian site for the GTC.

The Kids & Tracheostomy Service (KATS), Respiratory Medicine and ENT teams provide care and management to children who require a tracheostomy.

KEY DATES

Call for abstracts opens
15 February 2019

Registration opens
15 February 2019

Call for abstracts closes
31 May 2019

Oral and Poster acceptance emails sent
2 August 2019

Earlybird registration closes
15 August 2019

Organising Committee & Advisory Group

Tanis Cameron
MA -SLP (C)
Manager Tracheostomy Review and Management Service (TRAMS)
Austin Health, Melbourne
Vice Chair Person GTC

Associate Professor Mark Howard
MBBS, FRACP, GDEB, PhD
Respiratory & Sleep Physician
Director Victorian Respiratory Support Service (VRSS)
Austin Health, Melbourne

Dr Brendan McGrath
MB ChB MRCP FRCA EDIC DICM AHEA FFICM
Consultant in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine
University Hospital
South Manchester, UK

Dr Stephen Warrillow
FCICM FRACP
Director and Staff Specialist, Intensive Care Unit
Austin Health, Melbourne

Dr Michael Brenner
MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
University of Michigan School of Medicine
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Dr David Roberson
MD, MBA, FACS, FRCS
President, Global Tracheostomy Collaborative

Dr Vinciya Pandian
PhD, MBA, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN
Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing,
Baltimore, USA

Joanne Sweeney
B App Sc (Sp.Path), M App Ling
Manager, Speech Pathology & Interpreter Services
Austin Health, Melbourne

Jack Ross
B App Sc (Physiotherapy)
Senior Physiotherapist
TRAMS and Victorian Spinal Cord Service (VSCS)
Austin Health, Melbourne

Dr Naomi Atkins
MBBS MPH FRACP
Respiratory & Sleep Physician Medical Consultant (TRAMS)
Austin Health, Melbourne

Dr Jo Harrison
MBChB MRCP MRCPCH FRACP
Paediatric Respiratory Physician,
The Royal Children’s Hospital,
Melbourne

Charissa Zaga
B.SpPath, MPH, PhD candidate
Senior Speech Pathologist, TRAMS and ICU
Austin Health, Melbourne

Caroline Chao
B Physio, M Physio (Cardiorespiratory)
Senior Physiotherapist
TRAMS and Victorian Respiratory Support Service (VRSS)
Austin Health, Melbourne

Christine Knee Chong
RN, Grad Cert Acute Care, MPH
Clinical Nurse Consultant, TRAMS
Austin Health, Melbourne

Erin Ward
MS, Ed, CAS
Parent,
Patient and Family Committee Chair GTC
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Associate Professor Sue Berney
PhD
Manager Physiotherapy
Austin Health, Melbourne

Professor Elizabeth Ward
Professor, Centre for Functioning and Health Research (CFAHR), Metro South Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Health, and Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland

Mr Damien Phillips
BSc, MBBS, FRACS
Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgeon
Austin Health, Northern Health, The Royal Childrens Hospital Melbourne