We are very excited to announce that we have received NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) CRE funding ($2.5m) for the next 5 years which will support us to continue our PREDICT research plans.
The new CRE will continue to target conditions including sepsis and acute respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchiolitis and pneumonia. Additionally there will be a focus on improving family input at all stages of the trial design and execution and improved translation plus tracking of changes in care.
Over the next five years, the grant will also fund the creation of a family-facing smartphone app for families for certain high-risk conditions and an emergency department-focused implementation toolkit that can be adapted for hospitals across Australia and New Zealand.
The NHMRC funding will also develop Australia’s future workforce, training emerging leaders in emergency care through the creation of higher degree scholarships and postdoctoral opportunities. Through research and the implementation of best evidence, students and researchers within the CRE in Paediatric Emergency Medicine will be mentored across specialties and disciplines to become independent researchers who can improve the lives of all children who visit emergency departments.
The application was a massive collaborative effort from many people across many sites and thanks goes to all involved in this successful application.
We will discuss the CRE at the next PREDICT members meeting in November and look forward to an exciting and productive future for PREDICT!