Dr Stuart Dalziel, Chair
Dr Dalziel is a paediatric emergency medicine specialist, Director of Emergency Medicine Research Children’s Emergency Department, Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand.
Stuart undertook his paediatric training in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, including a Fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Stuart has a PhD in Epidemiology. He is an executive member of the global Pediatric Emergency Research Network, (PERN). In PREDICT Stuart is the lead investigator of a cluster randomised trial of knowledge translation in emergency departments and a randomised controlled trial comparing anticonvulsant treatment for status epilepticus.
A/Prof Ed Oakley, Past Chair
Associate Professor Oakley is a paediatric emergency medicine specialist, Director of Emergency Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and an honorary research fellow at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. He is an associate professor at the University of Melbourne.
Ed undertook training in emergency medicine in Australia and has worked as a paediatric emergency medicine specialist for 15 years. Ed is a member of the Paediatric Leadership Group of the Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network; the Clinical Trials Group of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine; the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation, and a Board member of the Emergency Medicine Foundation. In PREDICT, Ed is the chief investigator for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded Paediatric Emergency Medicine Centre of Research Excellence and a chief investigator on several other NHMRC funded multicentre studies.
A/Prof Franz Babl, Vice Chair (1)
Associate Professor Franz Babl is a paediatric emergency medicine specialist, Director of Research at the emergency department of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and Head of Emergency Research at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. He is an associate professor at the University of Melbourne.
Franz is the founding chair of PREDICT, the paediatric emergency research network in Australia and New Zealand. Franz is also affiliated with the National Trauma Research Institute and is an executive committee member of PERN, the global collaboration of pediatric emergency research networks. Franz supervises a number of PhD and MD students. He is section editor of Emergency Medicine Australasia. In PREDICT he is a chief investigator on several National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants including an observational study on paediatric head injury and neuroimaging, a randomised controlled trial on Bell’s palsy, a randomised controlled trial on high flow nasal cannula therapy for bronchiolitis and a chief investigator for the NHMRC funded Paediatric Emergency Medicine Centre of Research Excellence and a chief investigator on several other NHMRC funded multicentre studies.
Dr Simon Craig, Vice Chair (2)
Dr Simon Craig is an emergency physician and Director of Emergency Medicine Training at Monash Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.
Simon undertook his emergency medicine training in Victoria, including a fellowship in paediatric emergency medicine. Simon is actively involved in education and research, has completed a Masters in Health Professional Education, and is a member of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Trainee Research Committee. Simon’s research interests are wide, and include projects relating to medical education, diagnostic testing, procedural pain and distress, and clinical procedures.
Dr Michael Zhang, Treasurer
Dr Michael Zhang is an emergency medicine specialist in the Emergency Department of John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, Australia.
Michael undertook his medicine training in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia, including dual Fellowships in Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine. He also has a Master’s degree in Medical Statistics. Michael has a broad interest in a variety of clinical research, especially in the areas of infectious diseases, quality improvement, and occupational health.
Dr Elliot Long, Higher Degree Representative
Elliot is a paediatric emergency medicine specialist practicing at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.
Elliot undertook his medical training in Victoria, Australia and completed a fellowship in paediatric intensive care at the BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada. Elliot is completing a PhD through the University of Melbourne on the topic of fluid resuscitation for paediatric sepsis. His clinical research interests include sepsis and airway management.
Sharon O’Brien, Secretary
Sharon is a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Western Australia and a Research Nurse for Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative network (PREDICT).
Sharon trained at the West Australian School of Nursing and Edith Cowan University and has completed a Certificate of Paediatrics. She has been working in Paediatric Intensive Care and Emergency for over 25 years and has been involved with research within the Emergency Department since 2009. Sharon coordinates the research being undertaken within the Emergency Department at PMH and is currently involved with PREDICT Bronchiolitis Guideline Development and Knowledge Translation projects. Sharon is a Master of Philosophy candidate and her work with PREDICT on the formulation of an evidence based, Australasian clinical practice guideline for infants presenting to, and admitted into hospital, with bronchiolitis will contribute to her master degree.
Kelly Foster, Research Assistant
Kelly is the Research development manager for Children’s Health Queensland in a jointly funded position through the Emergency Medicine Foundation and PREDICT. The role supports emergency medicine research from concept through to translation and acts as an enabler for multi-site collaborative research. Kelly trained in the UK a specialist paediatric critical care nurse and has been working in paediatric emergency and critical care research for over ten years. She is an active member of an ethics committee and her special area of interest and subject for her PhD is ‘Which factors affect recognition and escalation of deteriorating children within the setting of Emergency Departments?’