Researchers recognised

The Emergency Medicine Foundation showcased the achievements of grant recipients with a special event attended by Queensland Health and other key supporters.

Frontline clinicians representing all areas of emergency medicine and various regions of Queensland joined with colleagues and fellow researchers at the 2022 EMF Grant Awards Ceremony on 20 July.

Speakers including department of health and Queensland Ambulance leaders and nurses leading research, focused on solutions to address the challenges impacting emergency healthcare.

Queensland Health Assistant Deputy Director General, Professor Keith McNeil talked about the impact of COVID-19 and forging a path to recovery for the hospital and healthcare system.

Professor McNeil urged attendees to continue striving for a resilient health system to support the needs of patients and clinicians.

Following on, Queensland Ambulance Service Medical Director Dr Stephen Rashford ASM shared his insights about the patient journey. Dr Rashford is a specialist emergency physician who has overseen expansion of prehospital trauma care in Queensland.

With extensive experience as a frontline clinician, researcher and peer reviewer, Dr Rashford spoke about the importance of establishing evidence-based care through research, including the new EMF Improving Patient Flow in Queensland Public Hospitals program.

There was also a spotlight on research led by nurses in urban and rural settings.

Grant recipient Dr Grace Xu from QEII spoke about EMF support throughout her journey from research novice to PhD candidate. Grace’s research is driven by a passion for supporting the wellbeing of clinicians and patients.

Fellow nurse and PhD student, Sally West travelled from Weipa to talk about the experiences that led to receiving the 2018 EMF Rural and Remote grant.

While coordinating nursing education at the James Cook University Centre for Rural and Remote Health, Sally is a passionate researcher driven to bridge the regional and urban healthcare divide.

Sally’s project investigating nasal high flow therapy for infants with bronchiolitis in a remote setting has gone on to receive further grants, including from the Medical Research Future Fund.

The first grants in the Trauma Care in Rural, Regional and Remote Queensland, supported by the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) were presented during the breakfast ceremony.

Although unable to attend, Queensland Insurance Commissioner Neil Singleton expressed his support for research into emergency trauma care across Queensland regions.

EMF Board Chair and event host, Dr Kim Hansen acknowledged the effort made by attendees, as challenges facing the hospital and health system across Queensland escalate.

“The continued commitment of clinicians to research in this environment is extraordinary. Clinician-led research underpins the foundations upon which we build new and improved systems and processes to address these issues,” said Dr Hansen.

“It is our great privilege to help to make this possible by providing research grants that respond to the needs of emergency healthcare clinicians managing the growing demands of the health system.

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Congratulations to all 2021-22 EMF grant recipients!


Trauma Care in Rural Regional and Remote Queensland

  • Dr Clinton Gibbs, Retrieval Services Queensland Northern Operations
  • Dr Tanya Mellett, Townsville University Hospital

Jump Start

  • Ms Angela Hills, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Dr Rachael Nightingale, Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Dr Richard Pellatt, Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Dr Eve Purdy, Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Dr Richard Stone, Cairns Hospital

Leading Edge

  • Dr Hui (Grace) Xu, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital
  • Dr Katrina Starmer, Cairns Hospital
  • Dr Vinay Gangathimmaiah, Townsville University Hospital
  • Ms Lauren Heslop, Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Dr Ya-Ling (Rebecca) Huang, Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Dr Wayne Loudon, Queensland Ambulance Service

Emerge grants

  • Ms Loren Barton, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital
  • Dr Peter Del Mar, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Dr Rajesh Sehdev, Townsville University Hospital

Learn more about the EMF Research Grant Recipients here.


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