Trauma was produced for Radio Eye as part of the international exchange series Global Perspective. In 2004 Global Perspective explored issues and ideas surrounding health in Ghana, Britain, The Netherlands, the USA, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia.


Alfred Hospital Trauma Department

TRAUMA is an observational snapshot of life at the Alfred Hospital's Trauma and Emergency Department in Melbourne, Australia. In a kaleidoscopic style Mark Fitzgerald the Director of Emergency Services, takes us into the heart of his department - a place where life-changing events occur with relentless regularity against a background of routine order. As staff and patients share their experiences of suddenly arriving at the hospital or coming home from it every day, the program explores what place the Big Questions have in an environment equipped to maintain the mechanics of life from one moment to the next.

Duration: 28:30


The staff of the Alfred Hospital and Metropolitan Ambulance Service of Victoria, including: Mark Fitzgerald, Kylie Wilson, Karen Flett, Justine Bradley, Tara Merifield, Gerard O'Reilly, Stewart Hill and Michelle Wooley.

Patients and their families at the Alfred's Trauma and Emergency Department during October 2003 including: Roger Wilson, Rosemary Dimasi, Jenny Sturt, Dean Hemphill, George Quinn, Allen McFarlane, Beatrice Dickens and Adam Matthews.


Trauma Dummy

Producer: Kyla Brettle
Executive Producer: Tony MacGregor

Final Audio Mix by Paul Penton at ABC Southbank Studios Melbourne, Australia.

Produced by ABC Radio National's Radio Eye.

All music used in the program is derived from Steve Reich's Different Trains performed by the Kronos Quartet and Electric Counterpoint performed by Pat Metheny.

© ABC Radio National and Kyla Brettle 2004

First broadcast on ABC Radio National's Radio Eye Saturday March the 6th, 2004.

Subsequent broadcasts:

A warm thank you to Trisha Lee, Richard Girvan, Lea Redfern, Carey Dell, Michelle Matthews and John Diver.

Photography courtesy of the Alfred Hospital.


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