2020 has been a unique and challenging year for everyone during the COVID 19 pandemic. Despite this PREDICT research has continued to progress and there has still been significant growth in our network.  It also marks the first year of our 2020-2024 NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) collaboration which will continue to support a program of excellent research in the years to come.

Please join us in reflecting on these and other outstanding achievements:

  • PREDICT now has 162 members – in the past year we welcomed 40 new members.
  • PREDICT has continued working actively with consumers in our research. Our mental health consumer group recruited for “The Kids are not Okay” program of research have been actively involved in the development of the Mental Health Delphi project, the PEACHY – O and PEACHY-M projects, and the Enhanced Safety Planning project. The Perth Children’s Hospital ED consumers have been involved in our PROMPT Bolus and our Research Priorities studies.  Lots of valuable insight has been gained.
  • 54 hospitals across Australia and New Zealand have been actively involved in PREDICT research!
  • The Acute Head Injury Guidelines are completed and will be available soon!  Congratulations to the team for finishing
    the marathon!
  • This year we have two committed teams undertaking Cochrane reviews which are now well underway including:
    “Triage tools for detecting cervical spine injury in paediatric trauma patients”
    “Parenteral medication for the management of acute severe behavioural disturbance (ASBD) in the emergency department”
  • Data collection was completed for the BellPIC RCT (after 5 years), the PERN pneumonia and the PARIS II project! Congratulations to these teams.
  • We continue to undertake work collaboratively with the international PERN Pediatric Emergency Research Network) group on the PERN COVID 19 project, the PERC BIPED study (Dexamethasone and Adrenalin for bronchiolitis), and the PAINT study (Pain Management and Sedation in Pediatric Ileocolic Intussusception: A Global, Multicenter, Retrospective Study).
  • Other international studies include the PROMPT Bolus Study (US and Canada) and the SONIC study (Study of neck injuries in children: A prospective observational study to develop a new or validate existing international clinical decision rules for children presenting to the emergency department with suspected cervical spine injuries).
  • Voting was undertaken by 73 members to select a new PREDICT Executive committee of eight members.
  • The PREDICT Executive reviewed and endorsed 11 new projects, most of which are now in various stages of development.
  • We continue to mentor 6 PhD scholars and two MDs.
  • There have been 7 successful grant applications with combined funds of $8,176,376.
  • Twenty-four papers were published in various Journals including the PLoS 1, Emergency Medicine Journal, Journal of Paed Child Health, BMC Paediatrics and others!
  • The annual PREDICT members meeting was held online via zoom and attended by 53 members.

Thank you to all members and collaborators for your contributions and support.