2017 People’s choice

In partnership with  Virgin Australia, EMF Research Symposium, we asked the public to vote for the Australian who has done the most to advance emergency medicine care  through research. You voted, and the winners of the 2017 People’s Choice awards are:



Dr Kylie Baker

Senior Medical Officer, Emergency Department, Ipswich Hospital senior

Dr Kylie Baker, is championing the use of lung ultrasound in Australia, particularly in the diagnosis and treatment of the elderly who present to the Emergency Department with breathing difficulties. Read more


Professor Louise Cullen

Pre-eminent Staff Specialist, Emergency & Trauma Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital; Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology; Associate Professor ,The University of Queensland

Professor Cullen’s acute cardiac research projects has led to national clinical guideline changes and the roll out of a two new diagnostic protocols in Queensland In addition, Professor Cullen has also published more than 100 academic publications, including a recent paper in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet. Read more

Other researchers who were also popular included, Professor Gerben Keijzers, Professor Julia Crilly, Professor Marianne Wallis, Dr Natalie Phillips and Associate Professor Franz Babl.

The prize

The winner received a Platinum Lounge Membership courtesy of Virgin Australia. The runner-up won a Gold Lounge Membership.

The nomination criteria

  1. Demonstrated excellence in emergency medicine research (leading to the provision of improved emergency medicine services or patient care)
  2. Demonstrated leadership, innovation or  creativity in emergency medicine research
  3. Recognised leader in the emergency medicine research community
  4. Contributed significantly to the development of an emergency medicine research culture in Australia, including  research networks, collaboration and research funding

The People’s Choice award was open to all health professionals (doctors, nurses, allied health) and/or academics. Nominees had to be either Australian or based in Australia. Individuals could only vote once per nominee, however, they could vote for more than one individual.

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