EMF welcomes new Board

January 2021

The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) has welcomed two new directors to its Board, Dr Viet Tran and Professor Hugh Grantham.

Dr Viet Tran is an emergency physician at Royal Hobart Hospital, as well as being the Director of TASER (Tasmanian Emergency Medicine Research Group) which he founded. Dr Tran is a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) committed to improving emergency medicine research capacity.

Professor Hugh Grantham brings extensive experience in prehospital and emergency medicine, education and clinical governance including previous roles as Medical Director of the South Australian Ambulance Service, and professor of paramedics at Flinders University. His existing commitment to EMF includes as Chair of the Research Committee.

The two new appointees replace Associate Professor Shane George and Dr Jeremy Furyk, who both retired from the EMF Board after each serving two years. Speaking on behalf of the Board, Chair Dr Kim Hansen expressed gratitude to A/Professor George and Dr Furyk for their contributions to EMF.

“As experienced clinicians with significant research commitments of their own, both A/Professor George and Dr Furyk have helped to shape the EMF.”

“On average our research programs distribute $1.3M annually through the Queensland Research Program which recently expanded to support all emergency healthcare clinicians including nurses, allied health professionals, paramedics, and rural generalists.”

“In 2020, the Board announced a Special COVID-19 grant round to help clinician-researchers to address new questions and issues. Through these initiatives, we’re extremely proud to foster a culture of research in emergency departments and support collaborations that extend nationally and internationally,” said Dr Hansen.

Dr Tran and Professor Grantham officially joined the EMF Board in November 2020. The Board includes four emergency medicine specialists and ACEM Fellows, a nominated Queensland Health representative, and two skills-based Directors elected by the Board.

Meet the EMF Board here.


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