Queensland emergency medical system: A structural and organizational model for the emergency medical system in Australia

FitzGerald, Gerry, Tippett, Vivienne, Schuetz, Michael, Clark, Michele, Tighe, Trevor, Gillard, Noel, Higgins, Jim and Elcock, Mark (2009) Queensland emergency medical system: A structural and organizational model for the emergency medical system in Australia. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 21 6: 510-514. doi:10.1111/j.1742-6723.2009.01244.x


Author FitzGerald, Gerry
Tippett, Vivienne
Schuetz, Michael
Clark, Michele
Tighe, Trevor
Gillard, Noel
Higgins, Jim
Elcock, Mark
Title Queensland emergency medical system: A structural and organizational model for the emergency medical system in Australia
Journal name Emergency Medicine Australasia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1742-6731
1742-6723
Publication date 2009-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2009.01244.x
Volume 21
Issue 6
Start page 510
End page 514
Total pages 5
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: The emergency medical system (EMS) can be defined as a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated system of care for patients suffering acute illness and injury. The aim of the present paper is to describe the evolution of the Queensland Emergency Medical System (QEMS) and to recommend a strategic national approach to EMS development.

Methods: Following the formation of the Queensland Ambulance Service in 1991, a state EMS committee was formed. This committee led the development and approval of the cross portfolio QEMS policy framework that has resulted in dynamic policy development, system monitoring and evaluation. This framework is led by the Queensland Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee.

Results: There has been considerable progress in the development of all aspects of the EMS in Queensland. These developments have derived from the improved coordination and leadership that QEMS provides and has resulted in widespread satisfaction by both patients and stakeholders.

Conclusions: The strategic approach outlined in the present paper offers a model for EMS arrangements throughout Australia. We propose that the Council of Australian Governments should require each state and Territory to maintain an EMS committee. These state EMS committees should have a broad portfolio of responsibilities. They should provide leadership and direction to the development of the EMS and ensure coordination and quality of outcomes. A national EMS committee with broad representation and broad scope should be established to coordinate the national development of Australia’s EMS.
Keyword EMS
Emergency medical system
Emergency health-care system
Prehospital care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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