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.
Associate Professor Oakley is a paediatric emergency medicine specialist, Director of Emergency Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and an honorary research fellow at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He undertook training in emergency medicine in Australia and has worked as a paediatric emergency medicine specialist since 1998. He is a member of the Paediatric Leadership Group of the Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network, the Clinical trials group of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation and is a section editor of Emergency Medicine Australasia journal. Associate Professor Oakley is the chief investigator for the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Centre of Research Excellence and a chief investigator on several other National Health and Medical Research Council grants through the Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative. Associate Professor Oakley is also a member of the EMF Scientific Advisory Committee.
Associate Professor Sinnott is a Senior Staff Specialist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Emergency Department and an Associate Professor at The University of Queensland (UQ) School of Medicine. In addition, he is also the Director of the UQ-PAH Emergency Department Research Program. Previously Associate Professor Sinnott was the Director of Emergency Medicine Training and Chair of the General Clinical Training Committee. Throughout his career, he has been awarded $1.8 million in research grants (including being a co-investigator on two ARC linkage grants); $2 million in commercial grants and loans; produced more than 30 publications; and delivered 40 presentations and nine posters. He has been the driver behind two Australian Standards and successfully lobbied for 1 Australian Standard and Resolutions on Staff Safety by the Michigan House and Michigan Senate. He is the Managing Director of Qlicksmart Pty Ltd.
Dr Spain is Deputy Director and Staff Specialist with eminent status at Gold Coast University Hospital Emergency Department. He is an Adjunct Fellow (Research) at the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Clinical Senior Lecturer with Griffith University; and an Associate Professor with Bond University. With vast experience in clinical governance, complaint resolution and medical negligence, he also provides emergency medicine opinion to numerous government, private and judicial services. Dr Spain’s previous appointments include Medical Director Allamanda 24Hr Emergency Care Centre at Allamanda Private Hospital Southport, Clinical Senior Lecturer with The University of Queensland, and Chief Medical Officer Gold Coast Indy 300. He has vast committee participation experience, has published more than 30 articles in refereed journals and has developed 10 research papers.
Dr Isdale is the Managing Director of Intergyre Pty Ltd and the Chair of The Wetlands and Grasslands Foundation, Ecoreps Pty Ltd and ReefCSI.org. He has held directorships on boards of private, public and ASX-listed companies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific Rim for almost 40 years. He reached senior executive level with Transpacific Industries Group, an ASX150 corporation (Australia’s largest waste management and recycling group).Dr Isdale spent 15 years as a marine scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) before being appointed as the Institute’s Business Director. He has been involved in the authorship on more than 50 scientific papers in the field of marine science. In addition, he also has been the Chief Executive of technology translation companies for two major universities – The University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology – and is experienced in finding and bringing high quality research outcomes into practical, useful and enduring applications.His later career has included CEO and Board appointments in the fields of technology, innovation and conservation. He continues in advisory and mentoring roles to executives and board members of several organisations. Dr Isdale was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006 for services to marine science through research and as a contributor to the development and commercialisation of biotechnology. Dr Isdale is also chair of the Research Evaluation Panel.
Mr Currie has worked in the healthcare improvement and innovation space for more than a decade: delivering statewide improvement programs, establishing support programs for medical research, providing policy advice to government departments and working as a Patent Examiner in IP Australia. He has a passion for challenging the status quo, for fostering innovation and reducing the time delay between research creation and practice change. Mr Currie is also Chair of EMF Board’s Finance, Risk and Audit 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.
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.
Lisa has several years experience in university research innovation and knowledge transfer in Australia and New Zealand. In this sector, Lisa worked closely with researchers to identify and develop ways to translate their ideas into practice, focusing on relationship building and the translation of multi-disciplinary projects. Prior to joining EMF, Lisa was a Commercial Manager at qutbluebox, the Queensland University of Technology innovation and knowledge transfer company. She is committed to fostering research innovation and enhancing the impact of research outcomes through developing strategies, collaborations and partnerships.
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.