Latest EMF grant recipients

New research grants awarded by the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) will see Queensland emergency clinicians tackling key diseases and healthcare issues including asthma, sepsis, and trauma as well as improving services for the elderly and patient flow through emergency departments.

In its latest grant round, EMF awarded 11 new grants worth $846,157 to fund emergency healthcare research projects thanks to funding from Queensland Health.

The projects were selected from 23 grant applications, requesting more than $3.8 million in funding.

The grant round was highly competitive and reflected the increased emergency healthcare research taking place in Queensland, said EMF General Manager, Beth Chapman.

“Our independent reviewers were impressed by the quality of applications submitted from across the State,” said Ms Chapman.

“If we had more funding, we definitely would’ve awarded significantly more grants,” she said.

“We expect the successful research teams will deliver effective solutions for some of the most pressing issues facing emergency healthcare providers.”

Research led by clinicians at Caboolture Hospital and Sunshine Coast University Hospital are looking at ways to improve emergency healthcare for the elderly, who account for one in five  emergency department admissions.

Gold Coast University Hospital researchers are investigating treatments for children and adults with sepsis, which affects more than 18,000 Australians each year. Clinicians from the Hospital will also launch a larger multisite clinical trial looking at the use of fibrinogen to treat trauma patients with severe bleeding.

A team from The Prince Charles Hospital is looking at how pollen affects Queenslanders with asthma. This is part of a much larger study funded by an NHMRC grant (1116107) and an ARC Discovery grant (DP170101630).

EMF also awarded the first emergency research grant to Hervey Bay Hospital, whose clinicians are investigating a new model to improve patient flow through regional hospital emergency departments.

Other new projects include looking at using just one needle to sedate children, a better way to extract chest pain data from a central registry, and the impact of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast hospital emergency departments.

The next EMF Queensland Research Program grant round opens for applications on 12 February 2018.

The EMF Queensland Program is fully funded by Queensland Health.


EMF Queensland Research Program Round 29 grant recipients

Principal investigator

Project title Site

Amount ($)

Staff Specialist
1 Dr Megan King Can children be sedated effectively with only one needle?



Gold Coast University Hospital


2 Dr Sean Clark Understanding why aged care residents are transferred to the ED



Caboolture Hospital


3 Dr David Johnson Junior doctors at triage improve patient flow in the ED



Hervey Bay Hospital


Project grant
4 Dr Megan King Early Resuscitation in Paediatric Sepsis – A randomized controlled Pilot study



Gold Coast University Hospital


5 Dr Don Campbell Fibrinogen Early In Severe Trauma studY II (FEISTY II) Gold Coast University Hospital


6 Prof Gerben Keijzers Fluid Resuscitation in Emergency patients with Sepsis and Hypotension



Gold Coast University Hospital


7 Dr Frances Kinnear STOPAsthmaQLD: Study of pollen allergy impact on asthma in Queensland



The Prince Charles Hospital


8 Dr Michael Aitken International mass gathering impact on Gold Coast Hospitals emergency departments



Gold Coast University Hospital


Capacity building grant
9 Prof Louise Cullen The RBWH was awarded a third year of funding for an existing capacity building grant.



Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital


Research Scholarship
10 Dr Siegfried Perez Data Extraction from Electronic Health Records for a Chest Pain Clinical Data Registry: The Chest Pain DECoDeR Study



Logan Hospital


11 Dr Elizabeth Marsden The effect of a Geriatric Emergency Department Intervention (GEDI) program on outcomes for elderly residential care facility residents presenting to a regional emergency department: A mixed methods study.



Sunshine Coast University Hospital



Posted: 9 October 2018


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