EMF secures funding for RSN

EMF’s unique emergency healthcare research support network has secured 12 months funding from the Gold Coast, West Moreton, Darling Downs and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services (HHS) districts as well as Griffith University.

The $190,000 injection into the network over the next 12 months will help co-fund research infrastructure support for emergency clinicians in nine hospital emergency departments.

The Emergency Medicine Foundation’s (EMF) has invested more than $2 million in developing and piloting a Research Support Network (RSN), thanks to funding from Queensland Health, to develop a research-ready emergency healthcare workforce in Queensland.

EMF Chair, Dr Anthony Bell said EMF’s Research Support Network was driving a surge in research by public hospital emergency departments in the Sate.

“Since the network’s launch in late 2015, we’ve gone from 23 research-active emergency clinicians in the hospitals supported by the network to 181,” said Dr Bell.

“There’s also been a significant increase in research grants secured by these emergency departments and the number of active research projects..

“It’s exciting to see the dramatic change in research activity because ultimately it will lead to new outcomes being translated into clinical practice and better care for patients.

“We’re delighted that Griffith University along with these four HHS districts are investing back into the network. They’ve seen first hand the benefit the network brings and are willing to collaborate with EMF to ensure the network continues.”

Dr Bell described the RSN as key EMF initiative, which was helping to sustain and nurture clinician-researchers by providing skilled, on-the-ground support in Queensland.

The RSN team supports emergency clinicians to develop their research ideas as well as linking them into collaborative projects. They also run research training workshops, helping emergency departments develop research strategies and nurture new researchers.

The RSN operates via a ‘hub-and-spoke’ model, which has been trialed supporting eight Queensland Health HHSs.

Each hub has a dedicated full-time-equivalent (FTE) Research Development Manager (RDM) – funded by EMF – who engages with several HHSs. An RSN Manager (0.9 FTE) coordinates the RDMs and liaises with and supports clinicians in Queensland HHS areas not covered by the hubs.

Pictured: RSN team members Dr Julia Hocking (supporting Wide Bay), Tegwen Howell (RSN Manager), Richard Henshaw (Darling Downs), Sharleen Young (West Moreton) and Amy Sweeny (Gold Coast) 

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