Practice changing projects and programs

Alfred Health Emergency has a strong and established interdisciplinary research program in collaboration with numerous departments within Alfred Health, at Monash University and internationally. Our team of investigators and staff collaborate both locally and abroad, with research spanning basic, translational, and clinical domains. AHE research is supported by a range of federal, state, philanthropic and industry sponsors.

Supporting our research output, in the last reporting year there were 20 authors who are current staff within AHE, including eight authors in a lead (first or last author) role.

In July 2018, researchers from AHE were awarded the MJA, MDA National Prize for Excellence in Medical Research for their work in reducing medication errors within the hospital. In October 2018, researchers from AHE were awarded the; Philippa Moore Publication Prize for the publication on ‘Perceptions of an educational programme for registered nurses who work at non-major trauma service in Victoria, Australia’.

Researchers from AHE were also recently awarded the Best Research Study Poster (1st prize) at the 16th International Conference for Emergency Nurses for their presentation on nurse led analgesia intervention in an urban emergency department.

A priority area of focus in 2018-19 was research directed at reducing immediate suffering through optimal management of pain by focusing on common conditions that present with pain to the ED such as migraine and renal colic, while evaluating interventions that may exacerbate pain such as cervical collars in older patients. Evaluation of falls in older patients continued through the RESPOND study, and we focused on minimising unnecessary stays in the emergency department through optimising chest pain pathways and rationalising the use of Troponin testing.

Our extensive collaboration with international sites continued with publications arising from collaborations with researchers in Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, India, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and The United Kingdom. Researchers from Alfred Health Emergency received awards for best oral presentations at Saudi Trauma (Jan 2019) and at the 2nd Scientific Research Week (Feb 2019; Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).

The ED maintained an extensive program of research training, continuing the Emergency Medicine Research Course – the most popular research training course for advanced trainees in Emergency Medicine in Australasia. Research training was also provided in introductory courses, including in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and at the Monash campus in Prato, Italy. Furthermore, there was the continuing supervision of PhD, Masters by research and Honours students.