Dr Anthony Bell was appointed EMF Chair in May 2017. Dr Bell is an emergency medicine specialist and the Director of Medical Services for UnitingCare Health’s The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. Previously, he was the Director of Emergency Medicine at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Dr Bell has also held state-wide Clinical Chair positions. He traained in medicine in Australia and is a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine as well as the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. In addition, Dr Bell also holds an MBA and a Masters of Public Health both from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) as well as having studied ‘Managing Healthcare Delivery’ at the Harvard Business School.
Dr Bell has successfully secured several research grants and is committed to fostering clinical research in emergency medicine. He has a keen interest in quality improvement, clinical redesign, health services research and policy development at a system level. He holds academic appointments with two universities: he is an Associate Professor at The University of Queensland and an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Queensland University of Technology.
He maintains a strong interest in value based healthcare delivery, is passionate about implementation of the right change and is a strong advocate for the power that a positive culture can have as we work together as multidisciplinary teams to achieve excellence in healthcare delivery.
Cathy is a Director at InterFinancial Corporate Finance, providing specialist advisory services in mergers and acquisitions, sourcing private equity capital, and strategic financial advice. Cathy spent 15 years in the Transaction Advisory Services teams at PwC and Ernst & Young in Brisbane, Sydney and San Francisco, undertaking valuation, due diligence, financial modelling, capital raising and Independent Expert Reports for public, private and government entities. During this time, she was the Queensland representative on the National Business Valuation Special Interest Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. More recently, Cathy led the Financial Planning and Analysis team at Cleanaway Waste Management Limited, Australia’s largest waste management company, operating a national network of collection, processing, treatment, recycling and landfill assets from over 200 locations across Australia. During her time at Cleanaway, Cathy was responsible for the strategic planning, budgeting and reporting processes, the oversight of group capital investment, M&A activity and investor relations support. Cathy has also spent time in the credit restructuring team at NAB, and worked as the CFO of a property company working towards an IPO.
Dr Isdale is the Managing Director of Intergyre Pty Ltd; Chairman of the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast Pty Ltd; Deputy Chairman of Suncare Community Services Ltd; a non-executive Director of the Australian Medical Association (Qld); Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Medical Engineering Research Facility, Queensland University of Technology (QUT); a Member of the Advisory Committee for the Institute for Future Environments at QUT; a Commercialisation Strategy Advisor for the University of the Sunshine Coast; and holds an Adjunct Professorship in the School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering at QUT. He has held directorships on boards in Australia, Asia and the Pacific Rim for 30 years. For nine years, Dr Isdale was CEO of The University of Queensland commercialisation company, IMBcom (in 2015 he was also interim CEO of QUTbluebox). Dr Isdale began his career as a marine scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in 1981; he was appointed its Executive Director of Business in 1996. He has co-authored more than 50 scientific papers. Dr Isdale was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006. He is chair of the EMF Research Evaluation Panel, and serves on the Strategic Grants Committee.
Dr Wakefield is Deputy Director General – Clinical Excellence Division, Queensland Health and an Adjunct Professor of Public Health – Queensland University of Technology. He has more than 20 years’ experience in clinical and management roles in rural, regional and tertiary public sector health services in Queensland. After completing a Fellowship at the National Centre for Patient Safety of the VA Health System in the United States, Dr Wakefield returned to Queensland in 2004 and established the Queensland Health Patient Safety Centre, which he led until late 2012. He is actively involved in national efforts to improve patient safety in partnership with the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare. He chaired the National Open Disclosure Pilot Project and regularly teaches Open Disclosure and other patient safety curricula. His research interests include patient safety culture, safety performance measurement and Open Disclosure. In 2011, he was awarded a public service medal for services to patient safety as part of the national Australia Day Awards.
Dr George is a paediatric critical care physician working in paediatric emergency medicine and paediatric intensive care at Gold Coast University Hospital. He is the clinical lead of children’s critical care research for Gold Coast Health, and is a Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland and Griffith University. Dr George is an early career researcher with a special interest in research in improving the safety of airway procedures in critical care and the use of haemostatic resuscitation techniques to reduce blood product requirements in paediatric haemorrhage. He is a member of the Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International collaborative (PREDICT) and the ANZICS Paediatric Study Group, through these networks he has collaborated on numerous multicentre projects.
Dr Kim Hansen is an experienced Emergency Consultant with a passion for Safety and Quality in healthcare. Dr Hansen is the Queensland Faculty Chair for ACEM (Australasian College for Emergency Medicine), a member of ACEM’s Council (CAPP), a member of the ACEM Quality and Patient Safety Committee and is the inaugural Chair of the IFEM’s Quality and Safety Special Interest Group. She has been heavily involved in several Patient Safety projects including EMER (Emergency Medicine Events Register), IFEM’s Quality Framework and the IHI Accelerated Patient Safety Course. Born and bred in Brisbane, Dr Hansen graduated from The University of Queensland with first class honours and a University Medal, completed her Emergency Medicine training in Melbourne and has recently completed an MBA. Dr Hansen works as Director of St Andrew’s Hospital Emergency as well as a Senior Staff Specialist at The Prince Charles Hospital Emergency Department. In her spare time she enjoys playing basketball, tennis and hiking with her family and friends.
Dr Jeremy Furyk is a senior emergency physician at the University Hospital Geelong, in Victoria. Prior to commencing his current role in 2018, he was a senior emergency physician and active clinical researcher at The Townsville Hospital in North Queensland for more than 10 years. Dr Furyk has undertaken a MPH&TM from James Cook University and a MSc (Clinical Trials) at London University. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry and School of Public Health. He has diverse professional and research interests and has successfully completed numerous single site and multicenter clinical trials as well as many other collaborations. A recent focus of research efforts has involved paediatrics with the Paediatric Research in Emergency Department International Collaborative (PREDICT) network. Dr Furyk is committed to the advancement of the research agenda within the emergency medicine community. He has been on the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Clinical Trials Group for several years and was recently appointed the newly established ACEM Research Committee. He has always advocated for the participation in research as ‘core business’ for emergency physicians and essential in the continued evolution of our specialty and critical to ensure the highest possible care to our patients.
Beth was appointed General Manager in July 2016, having previously been responsible for overseeing all aspects of financial management, company secretarial and statutory reporting obligations for EMF. Beth brings extensive experience from the private, public and not for profit sectors both in Australia and in the United Kingdom, with more than 20 years in senior positions.
Angie has extensive experience in university research and research management in Germany, USA, Switzerland and Australia. Prior to joining EMF, Angie worked in research management and administration at Griffith University and prior to that, The University of Queensland. Angie completed her PhD at the University of Zurich and worked as a Project Manager at the Regenerative Medicine group at the University Hospital Zurich.
Tegwen is responsible for overseeing the pilot phase of the EMF Research Support Network in Queensland. Tegwen brings to her role more than 20 years’ health research experience in Australia and Canada. She is an experienced health economist who has worked across the health spectrum, including public health, health economics, health policy, health technology assessment and clinical research. Tegwen has managed several large multi-site research projects in emergency medicine and cardiology, including the role of Senior Research Officer and Project Coordinator with the Headache Investigation Snapshot. In addition, Tegwen has also managed multi-disciplinary teams evaluating clinical, economic, ethical and social implications of emerging health research.
Julia has more than 20 years’ experience in communications and research, and specialises in communicating scientific, technical and research-based services, products or outcomes. Prior to joining EMF, Julia ran a corporate communications consultancy, Strategique Pty Ltd; collaborating with industry, universities, government and start-ups on a range of projects from developing communication strategies, marketing collateral, websites and annual reports to running innovation competitions. Julia began her career in molecular biology with CSIRO and then the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR). After completing a postgrad in journalism at The University of Queensland, Julia moved into communications and marketing with the Leukaemia Foundation. Before establishing Strategique, Julia was the Corporate Development Manager for UniQuest, The University of Queensland’s technology transfer company.