Research Committee

Professor Hugh Grantham
Professor Grantham is adjunct Professor at Curtin University and a senior medical officer at the Flinders Medical Centre emergency department and the South Australian Ambulance Service. He brings his expertise from leading Australian Medical Assistance Teams and as a Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee member.


Dr Stephen Macdonald
BSc (Hons 2:1), MBChB, MRCGP, Dip Child Health, PhD, FRCP, FACEM
Dr Macdonald is an Emergency Medicine Staff Specialist, Clinical Associate Professor of the University of Western Australia Medical School and Research Fellow with the Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. In addition, he is also a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Perth Hospital. Dr Macdonald is actively engaged in collaborative multi-centre research and has been a recipient of several research grants. His main research interest is the diagnosis and management of sepsis in the emergency department.


Dr Amanda Neil
BSc Hons I, Grad Dip Economics, PhD
Dr Neil is a health economist who has worked in academia, government and as a consultant for industry. She currently holds a position as Select Foundation Senior Research Fellow, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, UTAS. Since joining Menzies, Dr Neil has established a research program focussed on health services and systems, and mental health across the life course, and in 2019, the Menzies’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Group. Since 2015 she has had 50 published manuscripts and has been on grants that have received over $7 million.


Ms Lila Pratap Lila joined the EMF as the organisation’s first consumer representative in 2020, bringing extensive experience in consumer roles with Queensland Health, including the Oral Health Safety and Quality Committee, Clinical Communication Committee and CALD Suicidal Prevention Committee. Lila is the Founder and President of the Damini Women’s Association of Qld Inc.


Dr Andrew Spiller
Dr Spiller is a vastly experienced emergency medicine specialist and clinical researcher. Currently, he holds a Staff Specialist position at Logan Hospital, where he is Deputy Director of the Emergency Department. Dr Spiller has also worked in emergency departments at Greenslopes Private Hospital, University Hospital (Reykjavik, Iceland), Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the former Mater Children’s Hospital. Prior to specialising in Emergency Medicine, he worked as a General Practitioner, before which he was a Medical Officer (Officer in Charge) with the Royal Australian Navy.


Dr Hong Nga (Angie) Nguyen Vu
As Research Manager, Angie is responsible for EMF’s research grants programs. She has extensive experience in university research and research management in Germany, USA, Switzerland and Australia. Prior to joining EMF, Angie worked in research management and administration at Griffith University and prior to that, the University of Queensland. Angie completed her PhD at the University of Zurich.


Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates
Professor Yates is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health at Queensland University of Technology and a Co-Director for QUT’s Centre for Healthcare Transformation. She is also Lead Researcher for the Cancer Nursing Professorial Precinct at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Director for Queensland Health’s state-wide Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education. Professor Yates leads a large competitively funded research program focused on developing workforce capacity in cancer, palliative and aged care, advancing the management of cancer related symptoms and treatment side effects, and strengthening the nexus between research, policy and practice in cancer, palliative, and aged care.

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