reducing trauma impact


Kate is a finalist in the 2019 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards. She works for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in
Wollongong, NSW

Professor Kate Curtis is recognised for her work as a trauma nurse tirelessly advocating to reduce the impact of trauma injuries on patients and improve emergency hospital care across Australia and internationally, particularly for children.

Kate was instrumental in developing a National Injury Prevention Strategy. She is an internationally renowned emergency and trauma nurse clinical researcher, whose studies into injury prevention and treatment has improved clinical practice both in Australia and around the world.

A widely published academic and clinical nurse consultant, her evidence-based model of care has improved equitable access to quality emergency treatment.

Kate works as an emergency clinical nurse consultant across four emergency departments in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. She combines this clinical work with academic roles to produce ground-breaking studies on paediatric and emergency trauma care.

Her complimentary clinical and academic roles provide leadership, education, research and mentorship to nurses across Australia and internationally. She also founded the Childhood Injury Prevention Alliance (CHIPA) to improve injury treatment and prevention and tirelessly advocated for a national injury prevention strategy.

CHIPA is now advising the Department of Health on the development of this national strategy. 


Watch the awards online. Tune into Facebook live from 6.30pm AEST Friday 9 May 2019.

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