QEMRF was established on 23 October 2007 as a Queensland Government response to broader issues of high workloads in Emergency Departments and the increasing demands of treating large numbers of critically ill patients. At the time, Queensland emergency medicine doctors forfeited further salary negotiations in exchange for funding to conduct emergency medicine research. QEMRF was given the mission to conduct and facilitate research that improves the practice of Emergency Medicine in Queensland. It was intended that through the creation of new research capability and capacity in Queensland, it would stimulate a more intellectually challenging environment that would contribute toward the attraction and retention of specialists in Emergency Medicine in Queensland and particularly in Queensland’s public hospital system. In October 2014, QEMRF founded the Emergency Medicine Foundation to raise funding nationally for research projects and education campaigns to support emergency medicine. In 2016, the Board made the strategic decision to merge the two companies.
Streamlining our operations under one brand has created economies of scale, and reduced administrative costs also reduced confusion in the marketplace to help create a strengthened, cohesive national brand. We continue to run our dedicated Queensland Research Program and are looking to replicate this model in other States and Territories as well as developing national research programs aligned with Australian health priorities.
The following individuals and organisations were instrumental in negotiating and establishing our Foundation: