New grants awarded: 2016

The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) has awarded 10 new Trainee and Staff Specialist grants totaling $334,765 to Queensland emergency medicine clinicians in Round 26 of the Queensland Research Program– see table below.

The grants were awarded as part of EMF’s Queensland Research Program, which is fully funded by Queensland Health.

EMF General Manager, Beth Chapman, said the grants would enable significant emergency medicine research projects to run in hospitals around the State, including Mt Isa, Townsville, Gold Coast, Nambour, Redcliffe and Ipswich.

“This was one of our most competitive grant rounds and our panel of independent reviewers spent hours reviewing and the applications before our Strategic Grants Committee met to deliberate over top ranking projects, which combined both scientific rigour and potential clinical application.

“We were particularly delighted to see applications from rural and regional hospitals with a focus on improving patient care and treatment in healthcare issues specific to medical emergencies in these locations.

“This was also the first time EMF had received and funded grants for Mt Isa Hospital and Logan Hospital.”

Of the projects selected, seven were clinical trials which will involve almost 4000 patients. Four of these projects had a combined $1.15 million in additional grants or in-kind funding associated with them.

Two new interventions will be trialled, with one looking to improve recovery after a mild traumatic brain injury and the other to reduce oxycodone addiction.

Other trials included: repurposing a steroid drug for treating Bell’s Palsy in children; testing an alternative sedative for mentally ill patients in aeromedical retrievals; and looking at the effectiveness of a commonly used sedative for treating headaches.

The next EMF Queensland Research Program grant round opens for applications on 13 February 2017. For more information visit:


Table: EMF Queensland Research Program Round 26 grant recipients

Principal investigator

Project title Site

Amount ($)

1 Dr Amy Archer-Jones Will a replicable ultrasound training intervention improve intravenous cannulation processes?

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Gold Coast University Hospital


2 Dr Rina Savage Prescribing patterns and communication for oxycodone on ED discharge

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Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital 34,955
3 Dr Sangeeth Mohan Carotid doppler ultrasound with passive leg raise for fluid responsiveness

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Logan Hospital 5,150
Staff Specialist
4 Dr Ogilvie Thom Link between clinical errors and emergency shift patterns?

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Nambour Hospital 19,796
5 Dr Shane George Is prednisolone an effective treatment for Bell’s Palsy in children?

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Gold Coast University Hospital 68,179
6 Dr Luke Burman Ketamine versus Propofol in sedation of psychiatric patients requiring retrieval

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The Townsville Hospital                 8,400
7 Dr Ulrich Orda Evaluating rates of skin colonisation with MRSA or Group A Streptococci

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Mt Isa Hospital 68,224
8 Dr Denise Blake First aid oxygen treatment of divers with decompression sickness

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The Townsville Hospital 30,003
9 Dr Shane Martin A brief psychological intervention to promote recovery after mild TBI

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Ipswich Hospital 69,657
10 Dr Erik Wood Propofol on Trial for Headaches in the Emergency Department setting

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Redcliffe Hospital 7,860


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