Established in 2001, TRAMS has grown to become an internationally recognised leader in tracheostomy care. Austin Health is proud to be a founding member and the Lead Asian Pacific adult site for the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC). In partnership, Austin Health and the GTC are transforming tracheostomy care around the world.

TRAMS Mission: Exceptional Tracheostomy Care

TRAMS direction

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We partner with patients, carers and experts from Australia and internationally, to ensure excellence in tracheostomy care.

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We explore and adapt to the changing needs of the tracheostomy community.

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We advance research and leadership within the specialist area of tracheostomy care.

Tracheostomy Patient & Family Forum 28th Feb 2022

Join us for “Continuing Conversations that Count: The Restorative Power of Nature”. A free online Zoom event. 28th February 2022 1:30pm – 2:45pm

6th International Tracheostomy Symposium

Austin Health’s project entitled “Voicing on Ventilation: Communication Options For Invasively Ventilated Tracheostomised Patients” takes first place at the 6th International Tracheostomy Symposium.

Vale Gerard Stevenson

TRAMS will dearly miss our great friend Gerard Stevenson, a lifelong dedicated teacher, author and businessman.

Out now! The 2nd edition of Tracheostomies: The Complete Guide

New features: 2 completely new chapters, Tracheostomy in acute airborne illness and aerosol generating procedures, Clinical scenarios weaved through most chapters with review questions at the end of each chapter.

Pina Tuteri’s story

An accomplished musician, Pina describes what it was like to have a tracheostomy tube and the importance of having a team caring for her across her acute and rehabilitation journey.

TRAMS Celebrates 20 Years!

Since 2001, this specialist multidisciplinary team has cared for over 2000 tracheostomy patients, published numerous papers and educated thousands of healthcare professionals and caregivers.

Available Soon!

The long awaited & completely revised 3rd edition, authored by Marta Kazandjian M.A. CCC SLP, BCS-S, FASHA and Karen Dikeman M.A. CCC SLP. With over 700 cited references, this text will continue to be a clinical tool for the experienced clinician and for those working to improve their problem-solving skills with this challenging patient population. Written for clinicians, by clinicians!

The TRAMS team

TRAMS team coordinates tracheostomy care, centre wide tracheostomy policies, education and data collection across Austin Health and into the community.

Patients and families work closely with TRAMS in all aspects of the program. The core TRAMS team consists of specialist Doctors, Nurses, Speech Pathologists and Physiotherapists.


  • Inpatient tracheostomy care
  • Coordination of multidisciplinary care, education, policy & procedure and data collection
  • Community based tracheostomy care
  • Discharge to home or residential facility
  • Ongoing tracheostomy support and care
  • Patient and Family Forums
  • International collaboration and leadership
  • Lead Asian Pacific site for the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC)
  • Participation in recruitment for GTC, member hospital support, database design and education, International Tracheostomy Symposium

News and events

HCP Event

TRAMS Interdisciplinary Tracheostomy Workshop


Please note that this workshop is only open to Austin and external staff.
Patient Event


28 February 2022
This workshop is open to patients and their families.