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Symposium to showcase top Gold Coast Health emergency research

The Emergency Care Research Symposium will put the spotlight on the new knowledge generated by Gold Coast Health Emergency Departments (EDs) next month.

The event will feature the work of clinician researchers in the Emergency Care Research Group, based at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital, as well as guest speakers.

ED physicians Dr Jessica Forbes and Dr Richard Pellatt are among the presenters.

Dr Forbes will present on work comparing massive haemorrhage protocols from across Queensland and Dr Pellatt on his research into the factors underlying mental health re-presentations to EDs.

Dr Pellatt says the symposium will be a great opportunity for clinicians connect and share information that will drive forward evidence-based care in EDs and beyond.

“This Symposium will highlight the amazing breadth of research from our EDs; the presentations will be useful for clinicians from a range of specialist areas – orthopaedics, paediatrics, trauma, mental health, and more.”

Dr Forbes agreed, saying it was a great opportunity to discover the research projects ongoing at Gold Coast Health emergency departments and meet the clinicians behind them.

“There are some amazing, world-class research projects with international impact that come out of the Gold Coast Health EDs, so it is an excellent showcase,” she said.

Dr Pellatt said the strong research culture at the Gold Coast Health EDs, led by Professor Julia Crilly OAM and Professor Gerben Keijzers, facilitated a remarkable amount of new knowledge in the past year.

“Conducting research as a clinician is hard and challenging thing to do, and it’s astonishing to consider that around 100 published research papers came out of our EDs last year,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to presenting at the Symposium, meeting fellow clinicians and delegates and learning more about all this great work that is driving forward evidence-based emergency care.”

Keynote speakers at the Symposium will include Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton from Monash University, Bond University’s Professor Victoria Brazil and Associate Professor Helen Benham, Executive Director of Research and Clinical Translation Research Institute.

There will be focuses on ultrasound, paediatrics, vulnerable populations, education and simulation, appropriate emergency care, workforce, and trauma and pre-hospital.

The Emergency Care Research Symposium will be held on 23-24 May 2024 at the Gold Coast University Hospital Pathology and Education building.

For more information, visit the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation website.

Pictured: Dr Jessica Forbes, Emergency Care Research Trauma and Pre Hospital Pillar Lead at Gold Coast Health.

Last updated 10 May 2024