The Research Committee of CENA encourages emergency nurses to undertake quality research that contributes to the evidence base for emergency nursing and improvements in patient care and emergency systems.

The research committee welcome enquiries from emergency nurses who are looking for advice developing research, research collaborations or research by higher degrees.  Contact research@cena.org.au or contact the researcher directly, using the links below.

Dr Julia Morphet (Chair)

Julia is the Executive Director of CENA, and Chair of the Research Committee. Julia is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University, and an honorary Senior Research Fellow at Monash Health Emergency Departments.

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Research interests:

Julia leads two programs of research. The first is focused on health workforce, in particular, preparation for practice, simulation in teaching, transition to speciality practice, and management of occupational violence in healthcare. The second program is focused on the patient experience in the emergency department, in particular, patient flow models. Economic evaluation

Methodologies: mixed methods, quantitative

Contact: Julia.morphet@monash.edu

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Dr Marc Broadbent

Marc Broadbent commenced working as an academic in 2005 following a career in critical care and emergency nursing. He has worked as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator and nurse manager in emergency departments (ED) within Australia and overseas.

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Marc has published and presented both nationally and internationally in the area of emergency mental health triage and has completed his PhD that examined the factors that affect the relationship between emergency department and mental health triage nurses. The management of vulnerable populations in the ED, particularly those with a mental illness, is his research focus. Marc’s work has been cited as the best available evidence for the triage of clients with mental illness in the Australian National Emergency Triage Training Kit. Marc is a member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and Associate Editor – Mental Health for the Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal. Marc is currently an expert member of the Mental Health Advisory Group of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in HealthCare and is contributing to the development of national standards of care for mental health services.

For more information or to contact Marc please use the following link:

https://www.usc.edu.au/explore/structure/faculty-of-science-health-education-and-engineering/staff/dr-marc-broadbent

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Christopher Clarke

Chris Clarke graduated from the University of South Australia in 1994 and since that time he has worked in the emergency area in various roles.  Chris spent 12 months in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 2001 where he worked in the largest Emergency Department in the Middle East.

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In 2003, he commenced in his current position as Trauma Program Manager at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia.  His main interests include: clinical management of major trauma; trauma quality improvement; clinical education; and research.

Chris’ qualifications are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Nursing (University of South Australia)
  • Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing (University of Adelaide)
  • Masters of Nursing Science (University of Adelaide)
  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching (James Cook University)
  • Graduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrievals (James Cook University)
  • Graduate Certificate in Research Methodologies (University of South Australia)
  • PhD Candidate (University of South Australia)

Chris has spoken at several national and international conferences as well as co-authored several trauma related journal articles and reviewed book chapters and journal manuscripts.

Organisations/Affiliations:

  • Trauma Program Manager: Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
  • Clinical Lecturer: University of Adelaide, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
  • Flight Lieutenant: Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserves

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Professor Julie Considine

Professor Julie Considine is Deakin University’s Chair in Nursing at Eastern Heath, one of Victoria’s largest health care services with 5000 nurses and midwives. Julie has held clinical, education and research roles in emergency nursing over the last two decades and internationally recognised as a leader in research and education in emergency care.

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Her program of patient safety aims at improving nurses’ decisions, recognising and responding to deteriorating patients, increasing use of research evidence in practice, and ensuring effective models of nursing care delivery. Julie is a founding member of Deakin University’s Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research, has over 150 publications and has attracted over $5M in research and project funding. She has also supervised numerous PhD, Masters’ and Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) students to completion.  Julie is an expert educator and is an expert in the development, implementation and evaluation of education programs aimed at increasing workforce capability and safety and quality of care. Julie has led initiatives such as transition to speciality practice programs in Australian emergency nursing and in more recent years Australia’s only interprofessional graduate program for nursing-paramedicine double degree graduates. Currently Julie teaches in the Master of Nursing Practice Emergency Care and Nurse Practitioner degrees at Deakin University. She holds a number of teaching awards including university award for teaching excellence, a vice-chancellors award for distinguished teaching, and an Australian Government Learning and Teaching Council citation for outstanding contribution to student learning. Julie is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing, is a Founding Fellow of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA), and in 2013 was awarded the Julie Finucane OAM Medal for leadership in emergency nursing and commitment to CENA. She is a Senior Editor of the Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, represents the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia on the Australian Resuscitation Council, and is a member of the International Liaison Committee of Resuscitation Basic Life Support TaskForce.

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Professor Julia Crilly

Julia is in a joint appointment position between Griffith University and Gold Coast Health as Professor of Emergency Care. She has a strong clinical background, having worked as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department for nearly 10 years before completing her PhD and progressing into full time research in 2007.

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Her program of research is primarily focussed on evaluating innovative service delivery models of care for vulnerable population groups as well as understanding and improving aspects of the ED workforce. Julia has led and been involved in multi-disciplinary and multi-site (local, state-wide and international) emergency care research that has attracted over 5.5 Million dollars and resulted in over 65 peer-review publications.

Research interests: 1) Evaluating innovative service delivery models of care for vulnerable population groups and 2) Understanding and improving aspects of the ED workforce

Methodologies: Mixed methods

Contact email: Julia.Crilly@health.qld.gov.au

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Professor Kate Curtis

Professor Kate Curtis is an internationally renowned trauma nurse and researcher with a special interest in trauma models of care, emergency and trauma nursing and the financial aspects of trauma systems. She is a practicing emergency and trauma nurse, Profesorial fellow at the George Institute for Global Health, NHMRC Translation of Research into Practice Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Southampton, UK..

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“I am interested in conducting research that is meaningful and will make a difference to emergency/trauma patients and to those caring for them, in Australia and around the world” says Professor Curtis. “I also am passionate about mentoring clinicians to conduct research and translate their research into practice. Being at the coalface is crucial. It facilitates the generation of ideas, fosters good research conduct and enables speedy translation of research evidence into clinical practice. It also helps me to remain accessible to clinicians who are interested in research.” Her PhD study on the impact and relationship of trauma nursing care management intervention on patient outcomes was the first of its kind, with the resultant trauma case management model of care implemented in trauma centres in Australia and worldwide. She is lead investigator of a 6-year (>AUD 840K) research grant from the Day of Difference Foundation for the Paediatric Critical Injury Research Program and a NHMRC Partnership Grant (AUD 501K) awarded for one of the program’s projects. Professor Curtis is the founder of the Australian Trauma Nurse List and Board Member of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia. She has received numerous awards recognising her research, innovation and clinical work with the critically injured. In 2010, Sydney Magazine voted her one of Sydney’s Top 100 most influential people.

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Professor Margaret Fry

Professor Fry is nationally and internationally recognised as a researcher, clinician, supervisor and teacher in emergency care and advanced nursing practice. The focus of her applied research is on pain management, advanced practice and emergency nursing care. The nexus of these areas has led to significant change on emergency nursing practice and policy.

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Professor Fry is currently Director Research and Practice Development Nursing and Midwifery Directorate, Northern Sydney Local Health District which is a Professorial Chair appointment with the University of Technology Sydney.

Professor Fry is registered as a Category 1 Higher Research Degree Supervisor. Professor Fry has extensive senior nursing experience and a proven research track with over 125 peer reviewed publications and over $2.5million in grants, research tenders and/or scholarship funding. Professor Fry’s program of emergency care research has established her as a national and international leader with strong clinical credibility. She is an authorised Nurse Practitioner (NSW).  Awards in recognition of her distinguished career include: finalist for NSW Nursing Excellence Awards – ‘Excellence in Innovation in Research’ (2014), Invited Fellow of the Australasian College of Emergency Nursing (2012); Australasian Emergency Nurse of the Year (2005), St George Hospital Nurse of the Year (2001) and awarded NSW Better HealthCare Awards (2002; 2001) for innovative research and practice impact. She currently serves on state, national and international advisory committees to support healthcare service delivery and is Senior Editor for the Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal and editorial board member for the International Emergency Nursing Journal (United Kingdom).

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Bronwyn Griffin

Bronwyn is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow, managing the Centre for Children’s Burns and Trauma Research – QUT, based at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. Bronwyn worked as an emergency nurse, predominantly in paediatrics,  for over 10 years before embarking on her PhD in 2009.

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Her PhD identified the incidence and characteristics of low speed vehicle run overs in Queensland children, her findings influencing a statewide prevention campaign.After completing her PhD in 2014, Dr Griffin worked with the Collaborative Emergency Access Research (CLEAR) Group at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane, addressing the challenges of emergency patient flow using a combination of digital and clinical innovative solutions.

Eventually her path led back to children, commencing as the Clinical Research Manager for the Centre for Children’s Burns and Trauma Research in 2015. Her program of work now integrates the spectrum of paediatric burn and trauma care from injury prevention/public health, first aid, acute care, scar management and psychosocial and cultural influences. Bronwyn’s research has attracted over $600,000 and resulted in over 20 research publications.

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Dr Amy Johnston

Amy is a conjoint senior lecturer/senior research fellow at University of Queensland and Metro South Emergency, based at Princess Alexandra Hospital, after completing a 3 year position as conjoint senior research fellow between Gold Coast Health and Menzies Health Institute Queensland/School of Nursing and Midwifery Griffith University.

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She is deeply committed to bringing research skills, confidence and capacity to emergency staff, focusing primarily on ED nurses. She is committed to exploring, developing and implementing evidence-based ED care strategies that enhance staff capacity, and enhance care delivery in local EDs. She is a widely published and cited academic and registered nurse with experience in a range of research techniques. Her love of clinical research is heartfelt and (hopefully) infectious. She is involved in HDR student supervision, onsite development of ED staff research skills and education for clinical staff and tertiary programs leading to registration.

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Associate Professor Lisa Kuhn

Lisa is an emergency nurse researcher whose national research profile is well established and growing internationally.  Lisa commenced her career as an emergency nurse and has over 25 years of clinical, academic and research experience in this area.

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Her main research interests involve ensuring equity in early cardiovascular healthcare for women and disadvantaged groups through generating and translating evidence into practice.  She uses quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods to research a broad range of issues including heart disease, emergency care and mental health.  Lisa has received several peer-reviewed scientific awards and the prestigious Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.  She is developing a strong track record in publications, invited presentations and attracting grant support.  Current supervision includes students at Honours, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy level.

Contact: lisa.kuhn@monash.edu

Researcher Profile: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/nursing/about/staff/lisa-kuhn

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Jamie Ranse

Jamie is currently employed as a Research Fellow in Emergency Care. This is a joint appointment between Griffith University and the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service. His work focuses on emergency health care, primarily in the areas of high visibility, high consequence events that are either planned (such as mass gatherings / major events) or unplanned (such as disasters).

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Jamie completed his Doctor of Philosophy in 2017 at Flinders University. Using a phenomenological approach he researched Australian nurses experience of assisting in the out-of-hospital disaster environment.

Jamie is an active member of a number of national and international nursing associations. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and College of Emergency Nursing Australasia. Additionally, Jamie Chairs the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, International Mass Gathering Special Interest Group; and Chairs the Australian College of Nursing Disaster Health Community of Interest. Jamie volunteered with St John Ambulance Australia for over 20 years; previously holding the high-level national strategic position of Chief Nurse.

His work can be viewed here: www.jamieranse.com

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Professor Ramon Shaban

Professor Ramon Shaban is Editor-in-Chief of the Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal. As an emergency nurse and credentialled expert infection control practitioner with an extensive background in clinical sciences and practice, his inter-professional expertise in infectious diseases, infection control and emergency care are the basis of a highly successful and integrated program of teaching, practice, and research.

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Professor Shaban is the Inaugural Clinical Chair and Professor of Infection Prevention and Control at the University of Sydney and Western Sydney Local Health District, within the Sydney Nursing School and Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity. He is a statutory member of the Australian Government Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, a member of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare Healthcare-associated Infection Advisory Committee, and 2016-2017 President of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention. He is a member of the World Health Organization Global Outbreak and Response Network, and in 2016 Ramon served as Technical Advisor (Antimicrobial Resistance) to the World Health Organization. Ramon is particularly interested in the role emergency nurses play in the management, prevention and control of infectious diseases and healthcare-associated infection.

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Wayne Varndell

Wayne is the Clinical Nurse Consultant at Prince of Wales Hospital Emergency Department, NSW Branch Director and Associate Executive Director for the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia.  He has held various educational and advanced practice roles in emergency nursing in Australia and the UK, and is an active academic within the field of emergency care and nursing.

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His research interests include quality of care and illness experiences of individuals presenting to ED, the role of extended and advanced nursing practice models of care, and pain and sedation management of critically ill patients in ED.  He is an author of several academic texts.  He has received over $1.1M in competitive research and project funding. In 2014, he was awarded Australasian Emergency Nurse of the Year.

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