Plain Language Awards

Celebrate the stories of our clearest business communicators

Winner: Best Plain English Annual Report 2021

National Trauma Network

Siobhan Isles, National Trauma Network

Document name

New Zealand Trauma Registry Annual Report 2019/20

Judges’ comments

Deanna Lorianni
I like that you use a lot of visuals to tell your story. I think the visuals do a lot to help bring the readers into your story.

Emma Fossey
Your report does tell a story, and an interesting one at that.

For me, layout and presentation are the standout features of your report. The overall impression is of a clean and uncluttered document. There are images of some sort on virtually every page — these not only break up the text but also support your content, thereby helping readers to absorb the information they accompany.

Sheridan Grundy
This report provides a wealth of information of importance to most of its target audience. They will be able to find the information they need.
The general reader can get a good sense of some of the work of the network and statistics around trauma and injury. The use of people stories always helps draw the reader in.

Media statement

The National Trauma Network was established to implement a contemporary trauma system in New Zealand, with the goal to save lives, reduce the level of disability for those that survive, and achieve efficiencies across the health system.

Our annual reports have proven a useful way to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders. We present data on the patterns of injury in New Zealand, areas where performance is good, and areas where performance should be improved. Patient stories are shared as are events such as the Whakaari White Island eruption. Our aim is to communicate data and science and medicine in a meaningful way.

We are grateful to receive official recognition for our annual report.

Siobhan Isles
National Programme Director
National Trauma Network