International mass gathering impact on Gold Coast Hospitals’ emergency departments

Grant ID: EMPJ-200R29-2018

Project Summary

The objective of this study is to describe the impact of the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Queensland, Australia on the emergency departments in the Gold Coast region. This research has two key aims, which align with two discrete but related studies:

Study 1 Aim: To describe and determine whether changes in patient, health service, and economic outcomes occur before, during and after the Commonwealth Games.
Study 2 Aim: To explore healthcare staff experience of planning, preparedness and lessons learnt from the Commonwealth Games.

Findings from this study will provide an evidence base regarding the impact of a large sporting mass gathering on public and private emergency departments, forming an invaluable resource for future Commonwealth Games planners, as well as response planning for other mass gatherings, sporting or otherwise.

Leveraged Funds

- Griffith University and Menzies Health Institute: $15,000
- Gold Coast Hospital Foundation: $52,878 [Crilly J, Ranse J, Aitken M, Walters B, Padowitz A, Arbon P, Hutton A, Johnston A, Zimmerman P, Ware R, Byrnes J, Romero B, Raftery C, Sutherland K, Wullschleger M. (2018). The impact of an international mass gathering (2018 Commonwealth Games) on Gold Coast hospitals emergency departments care delivery. ]
- Strategic Research Funding, Competitive Big Bid Scheme, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University: $5000 [Ranse J. (2018). Determining the impact of mass gathering events on emergency healthcare service usage and emergency healthcare provision. ]



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Principal Investigator:
Dr Michael Aitken

Co Investigators:
Prof Julia Crilly
Dr Jamie Ranse
Prof Paul Arbon
Prof Alison Hutton
Dr Anthony Padowitz
Dr Ben Walters
Dr Amy Johnston
Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman

Associate Investigators:
Prof Robert Ware
A/Prof Josh Byrnes
Bernadine Romero
Chris Raftery
Kaylene Sutherland


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