Rural and Remote Research Program

About the Rural and Remote Research Program

The Rural and Remote Research Program supports collaborative research projects in the field of emergency medicine to improve patient outcomes in Australian rural and remote locations. Through this grants program, EMF awarded funding to three innovative research projects.


Implementation of Nasal High Flow: A Remote Context. This study is exploring the use of nasal high flow therapy to improve health outcomes for infants with bronchiolitis in isolated remote communities. The project is especially important for communities populated by Indigenous Australians who have a higher incidence rate of bronchiolitis.


Point-of-care testing for better management of acutely ill remote patients. This research project found that on-site pathology testing allows remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory to receive effective emergency medical treatment close to home, while also saving governments millions, and was featured on ABC.


Ketamine vs Propofol in Sedation of Psychiatric/Psychotic Patients requiring Retrieval. This research, led by a senior CareFlight nurse, involves a randomised clinical trial comparing the use of Ketamine and Propofol in sedating acute psychiatric patients for aeromedical retrieval to crew safety and to minimise patient distress.


More information

The Rural and Remote Research Program is currently closed. For more information about upcoming grant rounds, visit the Queensland Grant Program pages or please contact EMF on (07) 3720 5700 or







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