This program is a portrait of the ebb and flow of life within 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 dramatic, life-changing events occur with relentless regularity against a background of routine order. As staff and patients share their experiences of either unexpectedly arriving at the hospital or coming home from it every day, we discover what place the big questions about life, society and human nature have in an environment that by definition strives to maintain the mechanics of life from one moment to the next. This program is part of our special international collaboration, Global Perspectives: Check-up on World Health.
Trauma was produced by Kyla Brettle of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio Eye. The engineer was Paul Penton. We’d like to thank all of the staff and patients at the Alfred Hospital. All music used in the program is derived from Steve Reich's Different Trains and Electric Counterpoint. This program originally aired as part of our Global Perspective series: Check-up on World Health.
The Alfred Hospital
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