Celebrating collaboration

The month of October is an important time for raising awareness of mental health, emergency nurses, allied health professionals, evidence-based healthcare and work safety to name a few.

“While raising awareness of important issues and the frontline healthcare workers impacted by them, there is also an opportunity to highlight the broad scope of research led by multiple disciplines that EMF is proud to support,” said General Manager Beth Chapman.

Since the Queensland Research Program expanded to include all clinicians caring for patients within emergency departments, ambulance and medical retrieval services, the breadth of EMF-funded projects has grown to cover many facets of emergency medical care.

In this 2020 article, we highlighted nurse-led research funded by EMF. One of those featured was Logan Hospital nurse practitioner Grace Xu, whose study focused on a mindfulness mobile app to help frontline healthcare workers manage occupational stress. Find out the outcomes of the trial including TV coverage of the mobile app.

Rural and Remote grant recipient and nurse Sally West was highlighted in a showcase of rural health workers by the National Rural Health Alliance. Sally described the motivation for her research into the use of nasal high flow therapy to treat babies with bronchiolitis in regional areas.

“If a child with respiratory illness can access nasal high-flow therapy in a city, why shouldn’t children in the rural and remote setting receive the same treatment within the same timeframes?”

With its commitment to building research capacity, EMF has supported the appointment of research staff including Dr James Hughes. Following Dr Hughes’ appointment at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, there was a renewal of research among nursing and allied health clinicians, with increased collaboration across disciplines.

Last year, Dr Hughes received an EMF Leading Edge grant for his study using artificial intelligence and patient-reported outcomes to improve pain care in the emergency department.

Paediatric sepsis Clinical Nurse Consultant at Gold Coast University Hospital and Children’s Health Queensland, Amanda Harley is the recipient of multiple EMF grants. With more than one million childhood deaths per year due to sepsis, Amanda’s research focuses on diagnosis and treatment.  Amanda describes her research experience.


EMF supports all clinician-researchers delivering emergency medical care including nurses, paramedics, rural generalists, medical retrieval staff and allied health professionals. Find out more about EMF research grants


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