Research Capacity Building Grant – The Prince Charles Hospital

Grant ID: EMCB-332R39-2023

Project Summary

The proposed Research Capacity Building grant aims to increase participation in research, strengthen the research culture and ensure that research becomes core business within The Prince Charles Hospital Emergency Department (TPCH-ED). The strategic vision includes strengthening of systems and structures that enable researchers, both novice and experienced, across all disciplines to participate in high-leverage, practice-changing research activities, with a view to embedding a research culture into day-to-day practice. A core element is the strengthening of collaborations between departments, across disciplines and with other health facilities. The proposed strategy is the training of a group of research nurses to equip them with the foundation skills, knowledge, and preliminary experience to actively promote and support research in the department. The model is one of appointment of experienced clinical nurses, new to research roles, in part-time sequential appointments. Recruitment from existing ED workforce would be ideal, allowing retention of a substantive position which the researcher would return to after the research immersion. This would assist in embedding a research culture amongst clinical nurses and provide opportunity for continuation of research engagement on return to clinical duties. The expected benefit of this approach is that there will be a highly visible research focus within the ED, with multiple opportunities for engagement, underpinned by the premise that depth and breadth in a research group, rather than reliance on a few key individuals, is paramount. This proposal would ensure that research enthusiasm and knowledge is shared across a multidisciplinary group of dedicated individuals and retained within the organization.



- Phipps, G., Sowden, N., Mikkelsen, K., Fincher, G., Ranasinghe, I., Atkins, L.,Jordan,F., Chan, W., 2023. Contemporary Management of Acute Heart Failure in the Emergency Department and the Potential Impact of Early Diuretic Therapy on Outcomes. Emergency Medicine Australasia. DOI: 10.1111/1742-6723.14301

- Fulbrook, P., Miles, S.J., McCann, B., Steele, M., 2023. A short multi-factor screening tool to assess falls-risk in older people presenting to an Australian emergency department: a feasibility study. International Emergency Nursing, 70, IENJ-101335.

- Spooner, L., Jordan, F., 2023. An Unusual Case of Hair Tourniquet: A Case Report. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 19:9, 104733. ISSN 1555-4155.

- Franklin, D., Babl, F.E., George, S., Oakley, E., Borland, M.L., Neutze, J., Acworth, J., Craig, S., Jones, M., Gannon, B. and Shellshear, D., 2023. Effect of early high-flow nasal oxygen vs standard oxygen therapy on length of hospital stay in hospitalized children with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure: the PARIS-2 Randomized Clinical Trial. Jama, 329(3), pp.224-234.


- Hetherington, A., Paeds with a Wheeze: Improving Patient Flow with Nurse Led Stretching of Inhaled Salbutamol (NLSIS) (Charlies Week Hour of Power Abstract, Finalist). TPCH Charlies Week, November 2023.

- Chan, W., SPAHF expedites treatment and reduces heart failure patients time spent in the Emergency Department (Charlies Week Hour of Power Abstract). TPCH Charlies Week, November 2023.

- Child Life therapy project. TPCH Charlies Week, November 2023.

- Chan, W., Use of a Streamlined Pathway for Diagnosis and Treatment for Suspected Acute Heart Failure Could Reduce Patients’ Time Spent in the Emergency Department. ACEM Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2023.

- Wadhwa, M. and Donaldson, A., Impact and prevention of paediatric procedural trauma. Paediatric Society of Queensland Annual Conference, October 2023.

- Wadhwa, M., Allied Health Symposium, 2 August 2023.

- Wadhwa, M., Child Life Therapy in Peadiatric Emergency. ACEM Autumn Symposium, June 2023.


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Grant Scheme


Principal Investigator:
Dr Faye Jordan

Co Investigators:
Prof Paul Fulbrook


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