2017 Symposium speakers

Symposium keynote speaker

Professor Kathryn Maitland MMBS, MRCP, PhD

> Professor of Paediatric Tropical Infectious Diseases, Imperial College

> Director, ICCARE, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College

> Honorary Fellow at MRC Clinical Trials Unit, University College, London
















Prof Kath Maitland has spent the last 15 years based full-time in East Africa, where she leads a research group whose major research portfolio includes severe malaria, bacterial sepsis and severe malnutrition in children and clinical trials in emergency care.

Prof Maitland’s team have highlighted the unique importance of emergency-care research as a highly targeted and cost-effective means of tackling childhood mortality in resource-limited sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, her team conducted the largest trial of critically ill children ever undertaken in Africa, (FEAST) examining fluid resuscitation strategies in children with severe febrile illness, showing that fluid boluses increased mortality, which went on to win the prestigious BMJ Research Paper of the Year award.

Involvement with EMF: Prof Maitland is a co-investigator on a NHMRC and EMF-funded grant that has developed an animal model of septic shock and resuscitation to test the effectiveness of fluid resuscitation in treating sepsis. In addition, Prof Maitland is also collaborating on an EMF-funded project on high-flow cannula research. This project was a key stimulant for a successful £2.8m Wellcome Trust  grant, which is supporting her ‘Children Oxygenation Administration Strategies’ Trial. This trial is examining the optimum oxygen saturation threshold for which oxygen should be targeted and how best to administer oxygen, by high-flow or low-flow, in 4200 severely ill African children.


ABC interview (sepsis treatment in African children)


Symposium chair

Associate Professor Anthony Bell

> Director, Emergency Medicine Department, RBWH
> Chair, EMF

An emergency physician for more than 20 years, A/Prof Bell has also successfully secured several research grants and is committed to fostering clinical research in emergency medicine. He has a keen interest in quality improvement, clinical redesign, health services research and policy development at a system level. He holds academic appointments with two universities: he is an Associate Professor at The University of Queensland and an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Queensland University of Technology.



Symposium co-chair

Professor Victoria Brazil MBBS, MBA, FACEM

> Senior Staff Specialist, Gold Coast University Hospital
> Director of Clinical Simulation, Bond University

Victoria Brazil is an emergency physician and medical educator from the Gold Coast, Australia. Victoria’s main interests are in connecting education with patient care – through healthcare simulation, technology enabled learning, faculty development activities, and talking at conferences. Victoria is also an enthusiast in the social media and FOAMed world (@SocraticEM), and a keen runner.




Knowledge translation guest speaker

 Dr Tamika Heiden
BSci, PhD, PGCertKT

> Principal, Knowledge Translation Australia
> Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Western Australia

Based in Melbourne, Tamika is the Principal of Knowledge Translation Australia, a Consulting service to train researchers and research users in Knowledge Translation methods and tools. Tamika is one of only several individuals in Australia certified in Knowledge Translation, which facilitates the creation of relevant research and the delivery of findings through changes in practice, programs and policy. She has worked with many government and non-government organisations, shared her knowledge at more than a dozen conferences and symposiums, trained hundreds of individuals at workshops, been published in numerous professional and academic journals, and been involved in the development of Knowledge Translation strategies at the organisational and project levels.

Read more about Tamika’s workshop for EMF


Workshop keynote speaker

Professor Julia Crilly
RN, MEmergN(Hons), PhD

> Professor of Emergency Care, Griffith University & Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service

Julia is in a joint appointment position between Griffith University and Gold Coast Health as Professor of Emergency Care. She has a strong clinical background, having worked as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department for nearly 10 years before completing her PhD and progressing into full time research in 2007. Her program of research is primarily focussed on evaluating innovative service delivery models of care for vulnerable population groups as well as understanding and improving aspects of the ED workforce. Julia has led and been involved in multi-disciplinary and multi-site (local, state-wide and international) emergency care research that has attracted over $3.5 Million dollars and resulted in over 60 peer-review publications.

Workshop opening speaker

Professor Daniel Fatovich MBBS, PhD, FACEM

> Specialist in Emergency Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital

> Head, Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Royal Perth Hospital/University of Western Australia

> Member, EMF Scientific Advisory Committee

Prof Fatovich is well known for his research and publications in emergency medicine and has won the ACEM John Gilroy Potts Award in 1995, 2014 and 2015 he shared in another John Gilroy Potts Award, and also in 2015 he was a joint recipient of the Edward Brentnall Award. He supervises advanced trainee registrars for the research component of their Fellowship. He is a senior adjudicator for this for ACEM and was an inaugural member of the ACEM Trainee Research Committee, and is a member of the ACEM Clinical Trials Group.








 Presenters and Panel Members 

Mr Michael Walsh

BSc, DipED, BA(Hons),BEd, MBA

Michael Walsh is the Director-General for the Queensland Department of Health. During his most recent roles as Chief Executive of HealthShare NSW and Chief Executive/Chief Information Officer of eHealth NSW, Mr Walsh achieved major organisational change to improve statewide ICT and eHealth services in order to more effectively support the NSW public healthcare system. Mr Walsh’s expertise and passion for long-term organisational strategy and governance will help to guide Queensland Health in its mission to provide healthcare that Queenslanders value.
Professor Gerben Keijzers
Senior Staff Specialist Emergency Physician, Gold Coast University Hospital, Honorary Professor of Emergency Medicine, Bond University; Associate Professor, Griffith University
Professor Gerry FitzGerald
Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Health, QUT; Director of CEDM
Professor John Fraser
Professor of ICU and Anaesthesia, The University of Queensland; Director, Critical Care Research Group, The Prince Charles Hospital, QLD; Director of ICU, St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, QLD
Professor Louise Cullen
MBBS, PhD, FACEMPre-eminent Staff Specialist Staff , Emergency Medicine Department, RBWH
Since 2007, Prof Cullen has been proactively developing a research program focussing on the diagnosis and management of patients presenting with possible Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) in the Emergency Department. She is the author of the recent Lancet publication and has been extensively involved in translation of research findings into changed clinical practice.
Professor Peter Aitken, MBBS, EMDM, MClinEd, DrPH, FACEM Senior Director, Health Disaster Management Unit, Queensland Health; Associate Professor James Cook University; Adjunct Associate Professor, The University of Queensland (UQ)
Associate Professor Andreas Schibler MD,FJFICM, FCICM Senior Intensive Care Specialist, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital; Head, Paediatric Critical Care Research Group; Associate Professor, Children’s Health Queensland Clinical Unit, UQ
Dr Martin Than
 MBBS, FACEMDirector, Emergency Medicine Research, Christchurch Public Hospital; Senior Clinical Lecturer, Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago; Chair, Emergency Care Foundation
Dr Than is one of the most published emergency medicine physicians in Australasia and was recently awarded the inaugural New Zealand national medal for excellence in Health Service Delivery research. He is holds a Health Research Council of New Zealand fellowship for the investigation of cardiovascular disease in the Emergency Department and is a member of an international Federation for clinical chemistry expert task-force on “Education in Cardiovascular Biomarkers”. Martin is a strong believer in having a close working relationship between the ED, and other healthcare providers.
Associate Professor Cliff Pollard AM MBBS Director of Trauma Services, RBWH; Associate Professor, UQ
Associate Professor Ed Oakley
MBBS, FACEMChief of Critical Care, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne; Honorary Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne; EMF Board Member
A/Prof Oakley has a keen interest in research incorporating best care into clinical practice in emergency departments, and system monitoring to highlight variation in care and ensure sustainable change. He is the lead researcher in the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Centre of Research Excellence in Australia and is involved in research through the Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT) network.
Associate Professor Franz Babl
Director, Emergency Research, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne; Head, Emergency Research, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Associate Professor, University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Jason Acworth MBBS, FACEM, FRACP Director of Emergency, LCCH; Associate Professor, UQ; National Board Member, Advanced Paediatric Life Support Australia; President, First Aid Services Queensland, St John Ambulance Queensland
Associate Professor Jeremy Furyk MBBS, MPH&TM, MScCT, FACEM, FACTM A/Prof Furyk is a Senior Staff Specialist Emergency Department & Director of Emergency Research, The Townsville Hospital. His main professional interests are in evidence-based medicine, clinical trials, paediatrics and aeromedical retrieval and pre-hospital care.
Associate Professor Kevin Chu MBBS, MS, GCBioStatics, FACEM, FEMS Director of Emergency Medicine Research & Senior Staff Specialist, Department of Emergency Medicine, RBWH; Associate Professor, UQ; Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Adrienne Hudson BN, GDipN, MN,PhD Nurse Researcher & MET iCare Lead, Centre for Children’s Health Research, Honorary Research Fellow, UQ
Dr Andrew Staib MBBS, FACEM Medical Lead -Digital Health Improvement, Queensland Health; Deputy Director Emergency Medicine, Princess Alexandra Hospital
Dr Ben Lawton BSc(Hons) MBChB FRACP(PEM) Staff Specialist, Paediatric Emergency & Director of Simulation Training on Resuscitation for Kids Program, LCCH; Staff Specialist, Paediatric Emergency, Logan Hospital
Dr Bill Lukin MBBS, FACEM Senior Staff Specialist Emergency Department, RBWH
Dr Bronwyn Griffin BN, GDipAdvN, PhD Clinical Research Manager, Centre for Children’s Burns and Trauma Research, LCCH
Dr David Herd BSc, BHB, MBChB, DipObMedGyn, DipPaed, FRACP, PGCertMedSci, Senior Medical Officer, Emergency Department, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH); Adjunct Senior Lecturer, UQ; Visiting researcher, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Deborah Long BN, MN, PhD Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Nurse Researcher, LCCH; Nursing Lead, Paediatric Critical Care Research Group, Centre for Children’s Health Research; Research Fellow, Griffith University
Dr Don Campbell MBBS, FACEM Senior Staff Specialist, Emergency Department & Deputy Director, Trauma, Gold Coast University Hospital
Dr Fran Kinnear BSc(Hons), MBChB, PhD, FACEM Senior Emergency Specialist & Director of Research, Emergency & Children’s Services, The Prince Charles Hospital; Director, Emergency Medicine Research Group; Honorary Senior Lecturer, UQ; Chair, Qld Emergency Medicine Research Collaboration
Dr Jacqueline Jauncey-Cooke BN, MN, PhD General Paediatric Research, Children’s Health Queensland; Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, The University of Queensland (UQ)
Dr Julian Williams MBBS, FACEM Senior Staff Specialist, Emergency Department, RBWH
Dr Kylie Baker MBBS, FACEM Senior Medical Officer, Emergency Department, Ipswich Hospital; Senior Lecturer, UQ; Honorary faculty consultant, Australian Institute of Ultrasound.
Dr Natalie Phillips MBBS, MPhil, FACEM Staff Specialist, Paediatric Emergency Medicine LCCH
Dr Ogilvie Thom MBBS, FACEM, GCClinResMethods Senior Staff Specialist, Nambour General Hospital; Director, Emergency Medicine Research, Sunshine Coast HHS
Dr Tom Meehan BHealthSci, MSocSci,MPH, PhD Director of Service Evaluation and Research, The Park Centre for Mental Health; Associate Professor, UQ
Ms Kelly Foster RN, MNRS Research Development Manager, Children’s Health Queensland
Ms Amanda Smith Human Research Ethics Coordinator, Children’s Health Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee
Mr Darryl O’Callaghan Darryl survived horrific injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, which were considered to be unsurvivable. Now, after numerous surgeries and ongoing rehabilitation, Darryl wishes to use his experience of overcoming adversity to help others.
Mr Jesse Spurr BN, BHM (Scports Science), Grad Cert Intensive Care,
Nurse Educator Medical Emergency Response RBWH
Mr Spurr works as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Intensive care at Caboolture and Redcliffe Hospital in Queensland. Jesse has specific interest in the science of safety in healthcare,
clinical governance, mechanical ventilation, renal replacement therapy in the critically ill, and neurology in ICU. Jesse also has a love for teaching, healthcare simulation, graphic design and pod-casting. He runs the highly popular blog and podcast ‘Injectable Orange’.
Prof Marianne Wallis PhD Syd, Grad.Cert.HigherEd. Griffith., BSc (Hons)
Surrey, RN, FACN
Professor Wallis commenced in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in March 2013. She is the current Research Portfolio Leader for the School, the Leader of the NURTURE Research Cluster and has a Visiting Research Fellowship with SCHHS. Currently she is a Board Member of the Australian Vascular Access Society and a Member of the EMF’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
Dr Elizabeth Marsden MBBS, FACEM Dr Marsden is Emergency Staff Specialist and Medical Governance for ‘Geriatric Emergency Department Intervention’ (GEDI) at the Nambour Emergency Department in Queensland. Dr Marsden’s research and clinical work has been recognised through a range of awards, most notably the QLD Premier’s Awards for Excellence – Winner Customer focus category in 2016.
Ms Kaye Hewson RN, MPH Manager Health Technology Assessment and Evaluation,
Clinical Access and Redesign Unit. Health Services and Clinical Innovation Division at Queensland Health.
Ms Tanya Douglass



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