Research ramps up

Photo: EMF grant recipients Dr Kate Hill, Dr Akmez Latona and Dr Katherine Stuart     

Wednesday 7 December, 2022

Increasing research opportunities for emergency clinicians is a key focus of the latest round of grants from the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF), with the aim to improve services and treatments for Queenslanders requiring emergency care.

A total of $528,650 funding has been awarded for 10 research projects in Round 38 of EMF’s flagship Queensland Research Program, for teams in emergency departments as well as ambulance and retrieval services.

EMF Board Chair Dr Kim Hansen congratulated all Round 38 grant recipients and said the variety of research topics funded reflected the broad range of emergency medicine and the need for ongoing research.

“Emergency medicine is a particularly diverse and wide-ranging area, with emergency clinicians inherently innovative and responsive due to the nature of the work – but it is all driven by research-informed outcomes.

“Research in emergency medicine is only a relatively new area, and with emergency healthcare feeling the pressure from COVID-19 and patient load demands, now is a critical time to ramp up research activity.

“It is vital we keep providing pathways, opportunities, and funding for clinician-researchers of all levels and backgrounds in emergency healthcare to identify solutions and improvements, and empower them to take those steps forward,” Dr Hansen said.

EMF General Manager Dr Angie Nguyen Vu said Round 38 of the Queensland Research Program had attracted new and novice researchers.

“We received fantastic applications this year across the state, and it is so pleasing to see some new teams and clinicians putting their projects forward.

“Finding research hours in emergency medicine can be extremely difficult, so EMF reinstated the Research Capacity Building grant scheme in Round 38 to enable more clinicians and facilities to undertake research.

“We’re very excited to be delivering more than $188,000 in this scheme to Sunshine Coast Health and Hospital Service and Retrieval Services Queensland, to ensure these services can conduct the research they need to improve outcomes for their patients,” Dr Nguyen Vu said.

Other successful grant recipients in Round 38 include clinicians from the Gold Coast University Hospital for a project on enhancing consumer involvement in emergency medicine research, Caboolture Hospital for a project investigating after-hours care for diabetes patients, Ipswich Hospital to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a drug used to treat gastrointestinal bleeding, and the Queensland Ambulance Service to assess pre-hospital care for patients with fractures and dislocations.

EMF congratulates all successful applicants.

The Queensland Research Program is funded by the Queensland Government through Queensland Health. The next grant round opens for applications in February 2023  with Emerge, Jumpstart, Leading Edge and Project grants available.

Successful grants in EMF Queensland Research Program Round 38

Principal Investigator (PI)
Project Title
PI Institution
Amount awarded

Ms Emily Brownlee Relief of chest pain in the Emergency Department (RELIEF) Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital


Dr Sean Clark Diabetes Service Mapping After Hours Caboolture Hospital $39,999
Prof Julia Crilly OAM Consumer engagement in emergency healthcare research: A national cross-sectional study Gold Coast University Hospital


Leading Edge
Dr Akmez Latona Prothrombinex-VF® for coagulopathy of liver disease in acutely bleeding patients; Too much of a good thing? Ipswich Hospital


Dr Kent Perkins Pharmacological Emergency management of Agitation in Children and Young People – randomised controlled trials of Oral and intraMuscular medication: PEAChY-O and PEAChY-M Sunshine Coast University Hospital


Emerge grants
Dr John Glasheen Safety and efficacy prehospital procedural sedation for fracture and dislocation reduction Queensland Ambulance Service


Ms Cassandra Ross Point of care lactate testing for the earlier recognition, antimicrobial administration, and definitive management of Paediatric Sepsis in the Emergency Department Redcliffe Hospital $10,000
Dr Henry Tsao Ultrasound-guided supraclavicular block versus Bier block for closed reduction of upper extremity injuries in the emergency department: an open-label, non-inferiority, randomised control trial Redland Hospital


Research Capacity Building
Dr Clinton Gibbs Research Capacity Building Grant Retrieval Services Queensland Retrieval Services Queensland


Dr Kent Perkins Research Capacity Building Grant Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Sunshine Coast University Hospital




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