Latest EMF grant recipients grant round 32

December 2019

Emergency healthcare solutions for patients with mental ill-health and for children who need a cannulation, and approaches to approve emergency care for patients with diabetes and to combat the opioid crisis, are at the centre of the latest research grants awarded by the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF).

EMF awarded four new research grants worth $287,631 to fund emergency healthcare research projects thanks to core funding from Queensland Health.

EMF General Manager, Dr Sonĵ Hall said that EMF is investing in high quality emergency healthcare research and partnerships aimed at enhancing the patient experience and outcomes.

“EMF’s remit is to fund innovative research focusing on delivering better and more effective care for patients in an emergency,” said Dr Hall. “We anticipate the successful teams in this grant round will achieve high-impact outcomes that will help transfer research into rapid and practical benefits in medical emergencies.”

A broad research team of clinicians across six Emergency Departments in Metro South and West Moreton Hospital and Health Services, as well as researchers at The University of Queensland were awarded $99,513 by EMF. Their project investigates whether patients with minor road traffic crash injuries are prescribed unnecessary or excessive opioids after their treatment in the ED. The researchers aim to improve opioid stewardship and explore non-pharmacological options for these patients.

A Staff Specialist grant worth $96,676 was awarded to researchers at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and the University of Sunshine Coast to evaluate a collaborative ED mental health program. The project aims to describe a multidisciplinary ED mental health Model of Care and show its effectiveness.

Patients with Type 1 diabetes presenting to the ED are expected to benefit from a research project conducted at Caboolture Hospital. The researchers plan to develop and implement strategies that provide timely access to acute care advice and services for patients in a low socio-economic area. In a first for EMF, an emergency healthcare research grant worth $64,314 was awarded to a study focussed on patients with diabetes.

Gold Coast University Hospital researchers will use their $27,128 grant funding to investigate current cannula insertion practices in the paediatric ED. Cannulation is generally a stressful experience for children and caregivers, especially for children with difficult veins. The project aims to gather data to help inform future studies into improving cannulation in children.

The next EMF Queensland Research Program grant round opens for applications in February 2020.

The EMF Queensland Program is funded by Queensland Health.

Principal Investigator (PI)
Project Title
PI Institution
Amount awarded
Staff Specialist grant
Dr Siegfried Perez Patterns of prescription opioid use following ED presentation for minor road traffic crash injury: long-term community follow-up using data linkage Logan Hospital (Metro South HHS)


Dr Barrie Field An evaluative study of a collaborative ED mental health program Sunshine Coast University Hospital (Sunshine Coast HHS)


Dr Sean Clark Emergency department diabetic ketoacidosis presentations in people with type 1 diabetes: a pilot study to improve clinical and public health system outcomes Caboolture Hospital (Metro North HHS)


Trainee grant
Dr Lucy Dunstan Prospective Observational study of cannulation of Kids in the Emergency (POKIE) Gold Coast University Hospital (Gold Coast Health)



Posted: 23 Dec 2019


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