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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.

In the setting of the global pandemic of COVID-19, multiple projects were directed towards outputs to inform the day-to-day emergency care of patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus disease. Researchers from AHE secured two COVID-19 related research grants, including a project led by Associate Professor Gerard O’Reilly that was awarded the prestigious Morson-Taylor research grant by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

AHE was the leader in setting up a novel registry for patients with suspected COVID-19 presenting to Emergency Departments in Victoria, Tasmania, NSW and Queensland. The latest report from this registry included over 12,000 patients and was invaluable in informing emergency clinicians on the epidemiology of the disease in Australia.

A program of work on mild traumatic brain injury in Australian football continued to attract attention with recent findings focused on differences in injury patterns among women players. The diagnosis of multi traumatic brain injury will be enhanced by two grants awarded on the topic- from The Department of Defence, Commonwealth of Australia and the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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