TRAMS: Excellence in Tracheostomy Care

Austin TRAMS

The Tracheostomy Review and Management Service (TRAMS) is a specialist service introduced at Austin Health in 2002. A team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and speech pathologists coordinate and direct the care of patients with a tracheostomy tube across three campuses and into the community.
Austin Health is pleased to be a lead Australasian site for the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative along with the Royal Children's Hospital.  Australasian hospitals wishing to join the GTC (Click Here).        

 

TRAMS is pleased to announce that  the 4th International Tracheostomy Symposium (ITS)  was held in Dallas, Texas on February 2nd and 3rd 2018 . This international event, with a focus on improving tracheostomy patient care worldwide, had an incredible turnout with highlights including interactive panels exploring excellence in tracheostomy care, scientific sessions pertaining to tracheostomy and patient safety, and patient & family sessions highlighting the patient and family experience; as well as approaches to improving quality efforts for patients with tracheostomies.


GTC webinar series

These cover many interesting tracheostomy topics.  Click image below to see details of existing and future webinar series and to register.


 Patient and Family Winter Forum - August 22nd, 2018.  

On 22 August 2018 TRAMS, VRSS (Victorian Respiratory Support Services) and the GTC held a Winter Tracheostomy Patient and Family Forum. It was a wonderful occasion where we received an update on our global tracheostomy community and we had facilitated discussions on developing resilience. We also had winter-warming fun with West African drumming.

Each patient with a tracheostomy and their families and carers received a beautiful hand-made card designed and made by one of our tracheostomy in-patients.

Personal stories were shared and a sense of belonging and connection was created. 

 

Watch this space for our next Tracheostomy Patient and Family forum 

                                      

New resource - Community Tracheostomy Training Program

Click on the picture to access this resource

Colin's Story:                                                

Click on the picture to watch a short film of Colin's story after sustaining a spinal cord injury whilst working on the farm.  Colin's story provides a great example of what the community arm of TRAMS aims to facilitate when a long-term tracheostomy in necessary.                                                  

Stand on the shoulders of giants

An inspirational BLOG by Gerard Stevenson telling his story after sustaining a spinal cord injury on August 24th 2014.