Research Portfolio

Research Scholarship Grant: Prof Louise Cullen

This study is important because it will more rapidly move patients out of acute beds. It will do this by diagnosing patients with heart attacks up to four hours earlier and allowing earlier testing of patients without a heart attack but with potential heart disease, thus preventing overnight admissions. Approximately 80 per cent of patients who present to our ED each year with chest pain do not have a heart problem. Therefore, early discharge or admission of these patients would free up significant hospital resources, improve hospital flows and reduce the economic burden on the health care system. It may…

Principal Investigator: Prof Louise Cullen
Amount Awarded: $225,000


Capacity Building Grant: Princess Alexandra Hospital

The Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Emergency Department is a designated Level 6 Trauma Centre. In 2012, in excess of 50,000 patients presented to the PAH ED, of which more than 35 per cent were admitted. Clinical expertise within the PAH ED is wide, with specific disease emphasis in toxicology, chronic disease, multi-system disease associated with the elderly population, cardiovascular disease, sepsis and septic shock, infectious diseases and critical care. The PAH ED is a tertiary referral hospital for trainees of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and excels in service delivery and education; areas in which it has a national…

Principal Investigator: Dr Michael Sinnott
Amount Awarded: $210,000


Noel Stevenson Research Scholarship – A/Prof Peter Aitken

Disasters have caused the loss of more than 12 million lives and affected more than 50 million people in the past 50 years alone. Disasters involve not just more patients, but a different type of patient in a system under extreme stress. Emergency Departments (ED), as the ‘front door’ to the health system are a key part of the disaster response and a well prepared ED is essential to save lives. Being prepared involves education and training however disaster health education is not well developed in Australia. The research program aim is the development of a disaster education framework for…

Principal Investigator: A/Prof Peter Aitken
Amount Awarded: $150,000


Comparing intern’s assessments using mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX) with existing workplace based assessments in emergency medicine term.

With increasing numbers of Australian medical graduates, there has been a significant increase in the intern teaching and supervision workload in emergency departments (EDs). As a result, there is the potential for dilution of supervision, making assessment of intern performance more challenging. The current process for evaluating interns has no formal requirement for direct observation of an intern’s history taking or clinical examination skills. Rather the assessment of their abilities is largely derived from the quality of presentation of their clinical findings to the senior doctors supervising them. In most EDs end of term assessments are based on facilitated discussion…

Principal Investigator: Dr Victoria Brazil
Amount Awarded: $8,774.87


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