Launched in November 2003, the National Trauma Registry Consortium (NTRC) was a collaborative initiative of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), the Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine - The University of Queensland (CONROD), the Australasian Trauma Society (ATS) and the New South Wales Institute of Trauma and Injury Management (ITIM).
The NTRC brought together many key stakeholders to conceive and work towards a bi-national trauma registry. The endpoint of the NTRC's activities was a minimum dataset and a data dictionary that has been subsequently developed under the supervision of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Sub-Committee.
From 2011, the National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI) and the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) committed funding for two years to develop an Australian Trauma Quality Improvement Program (AusTQIP). With the encouragement and support of the NTRC, the AusTQIP will expand on the work of the NTRC by creating the first National Trauma Registry (NTR). It will work in concert with colleagues in New Zealand to support similar processes.