Research Support Network (RSN)

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.

RSN Manager Tegwen Howell gives a 60 second explanation

What Redcliffe Hospital has to say about the RSN

How and where the RSN is operating

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).

The RSN Team

Pictured above L-R: Julia Hocking, Amy Sweeny, Tegwen Howell, Richard Henshaw, Sharleen Young, and Kelly Foster (who was formerly the Children’s Health Research Development Manager)


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 Dr Julia Hocking E:

M: 0406 407520

Gold Coast, West Moreton and Darling Downs Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Ms Amy Sweeny E:
Ipswich Ms Sharleen Young E:
Toowoomba Mr Richard Henshaw E:
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