In 2015, EMF launched a Research Support Network (RSN) for emergency medicine research in Queensland public hospitals. This Network is a strategic initiative to support and foster research by emergency medicine clinicians and staff. Through this network, EMF is providing on the ground Research Development Managers who facilitate research projects, multi-disciplinary collaborations and the translation of new knowledge into better clinical practice.
The EMF Board committed to funding the RSN for a three-year period. To continue the program beyond this period, EMF is actively seeking funding from government and industry.
The RSN operates via a ‘hub and spoke’ model. Each Hub has a dedicated, full-time Research Development Manager. However, in some hubs, this role is shared by part-time Managers responsible for specific hospitals or regions within the Hub. The Research Development Manager works closely with clinicians, nurses and allied health professionals and hospital executives along with academics and industry to build research capacity within the hub. An RSN Manager based in the EMF office coordinates the Network as well as providing support for hospitals and researchers based outside of the hubs.
Initially, EMF has three RSN hubs operating in the Gold Coast, West Moreton and Darling Downs Hub; a Children’s Health Queensland Hub; and a ‘North of the River’ Hub (Redcliffe, Caboolture, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Rockhampton).
Research Support Network Manager:
Ms Tegwen Howell
T: 07 3720 5700
Research Development Managers:
|Hub||Hospitals covered||Manager||Contact details|
|North of the River||Caboolture, Redcliffe, Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Caloundra, Nambour, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Rockhampton||Vaccant||TBA|
|Gold Coast, West Moreton and Darling Downs||Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina||Ms Amy Sweeny||E: Amy.Sweeny@health.qld.gov.au|
|Ipswich||Dr Camilla Thompson||E: Camilla.Thompson@health.qld.gov.au|
|Toowoomba||Mr Richard Henshaw||E: Richard.Henshaw@health.qld.gov.au|