Prof Meredith Borland, Chair
Meredith Borland is a paediatric emergency physician and the Director of Emergency Medicine at Perth Children’s Hospital in Perth, Western Australia. She was a founding member of the PREDICT Executive and is the current chair of PREDICT. She is an active researcher, both within PREDICT and with local Western Australian collaborators. She has a particular interest in intranasal fentanyl for acute pain, having been instrumental in the initial studies for this therapy in Australia. She also has active studies in acute respiratory conditions (including viral induced wheeze, asthma and croup) and the management of head injuries and abdominal pain in the ED setting. She has been actively involved in the development of the Australasian Bronchiolitis guideline and subsequent research into methods to effectively translate the guideline into clinical practice.
Dr Stuart Dalziel, Past 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.
Prof Franz Babl, Vice Chair (1)
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 a 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.
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.
Dr Elliot Long, Treasurer
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.
Dr Charmaine Gray, Research Higher Degree
Charmaine Gray is an advanced trainee in paediatric emergency medicine at the Women and Children’s in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
Charmaine undertook her post-graduate medical studies in Perth, Western Australia after initially completing her Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology. Following this, she worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne before returning to work in Adelaide. In addition to her clinical work she is currently undertaking a research Masters at Adelaide University, with a focus on research techniques in studies of acute severe paediatric asthma and how to incorporate qualitative work into core outcome sets. She is passionate about teaching and encouraging others to engage in the field of research.
Brooke Charters, Research Assistant
Brooke is a paediatric emergency nurse and research co-ordinator for the Emergency Department in Logan Hospital, Queensland.
Brooke undertook her training on the Gold Coast in Queensland and has since completed her post grad certificate in paediatric acute care. Working in the Paediatric emergency has given Brooke a wide variety of clinical research interests, especially in cannulation, respiratory illnesses as well as pain and distress management.
Brooke’s role as a Research nurse in the Emergency sees her co-ordinate research projects in the department, many that have been involved with PREDICT. Brooke was awarded an Emergency Medicine Foundation grant for a multi-site RCT examining cannula securement in children the PRECARE trial which will commence recruitment in 2019.