Research education sessions

The first of our education sessions is scheduled for 7th March from 11am-12noon (AEDT), it will include: 

  • Different types of research designs
  • Consumer Involvement

Calendar invites have been forwarded.  See timetable for further details of sessions and topics for the remainder of the year.

PREDICT Members Meeting – 15th November 2023 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration is now open for the PREDICT members meeting to be held in November 2023.  This is a hybrid event so both face to face and virtual attendance is offered, however we are hoping for as many members as possible to attend in person. Registration via Trybooking is required for both modes of attendance.   See draft agenda.

PLEASE NOTE:  Registration closes on FRIDAY 27/10/23 and date cannot be extended.

DATE: Wednesday 15/11/23 (one day meeting)

TIME: 9.30am – 4.30pm

VENUE: The Cox Walford Room, Level 5 West, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, 50 Flemington Rd, Parkville, Melbourne.


  • All attendees (virtual and face to face) must register via Trybooking and be a PREDICT member. Registration closes FRIDAY 27/10/23.
  • Please ensure you indicate dietary requirements during the booking process, regardless of whether or not you are attending the dinner, as catering will also be provided during the meeting.
  • If you wish to attend and are not a PREDICT member contact regarding membership application prior to proceeding with Trybooking.
  • PREDICT will not sponsor attendance this year.  All accommodation and travel to be booked by the individual (excluding PREDICT executive members who will be attending the PREDICT executive meeting the day before).
  • Suggested accommodation close to RCH/MCRI
    The Larwill Art Series Hotel
    Mercure North Melbourne

  • The PREDICT dinner will be held on 14/11/2023 (NIGHT PRIOR TO MEETING) from 6.30pm – 9.00pm at the Leveson Hotel, 46 Leveson St, North Melbourne which is a short walk from the Larwill Hotel/MCRI.
  • The dinner includes a 3 course menu with a range of meat, seafood and vegetarian options.  Drinks are available at bar prices.
  • Payment of $60 (plus 50 cent booking fee) must be made via Trybooking during the registration process.  Choose “In person + dinner option”.
  • Booking and payment must be received by Friday 27/10/23.


Please contact

Project Snapshot – BIPED

BI-PED Study

A Randomised Controlled Trial Comparing Epinephrine and Dexamethasone to Placebo in the Treatment of Infants with Bronchiolitis

Co-ordinating PI:

Amy Plint (Canada), Ed Oakley (Australia), Stuart Dalziel (New Zealand)

Study Co-ordinator ANZ

Sharon O’Brien

Study design:

International, multicentre, Phase 111, double-blind, randomised controlled trial

For further details about the study please see:

Current status:

The research team are pleased to announce that the 5th season of the BIPED trial has been the most successful yet, reaching 598/864 participants recruited! The yearly recruitment was 28% of our total sample size; almost 100 more participants were enrolled in season 5 than were enrolled in season 4.

We have just over 30% (266) of our sample size left to recruit!
Please see below a number of charts which show study progress both locally and internationally.

CountrySiteTotal RecruitmentSeason 5 recruiment
CanadaChildren's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHE)
CanadaCHU Sainte Justine (STJ)4712
CanadaAlberta Children's Hospital (ACH)449
CanadaStollery Children's Hospital (SCH)217
CanadaChildren's Hospital of Winnepeg (WPG)183
CanadaLondon Health Sciences (LHC)111
AustraliaPerth Children's Hospital (PCH)14360
AustraliaWomen's and Children's Hospital (WCH)4831
AustraliaMonash Medical Center (MMC)3626
New ZealandStarship Children's Hospital (SSH)5233
New ZealandKidz First Middlemore Hospital (KFH)2117
New ZealandWaikato Hospital) (WHH)155

New PREDICT publications

Congratulations to the following PREDICT authors:

Parr M, Wilson CL, Jones B, Crawford NW, Ferguson S, Ramesh S, Eapen N, Craig S, Hearps S, Babl FE.
“Emergency Department Presentations for Chest Complaints after Mrna Covid-19 Vaccinations in Children and Adolescents.” Emerg Med Australas  (Accepted Sept. 2023, in press).

PhD Opportunity – UTAS – IMPACT project

An exciting PhD opportunity to join the MRFF-funded Implementing clinical Pathways for Acute Care in Tasmania (IMPACT) project team, led by Dr Viet Tran (Royal Hobart Hospital and Statewide Director of Emergency Medicine Research).

The aims of the PhD are to improve care in Tasmanian EDs by embedding implementation science principles in health care systems and developing strategies to increase uptake of acute clinical pathways and reduce variations in care. The target acute care clinical improvement area will be co-developed with the candidate, dependent on clinical research interest.

Further details can be found here: Implementation Science improving ED care | University of Tasmania ( or contact Emma Tavender ( if you have any specific questions.

Amit Kochar wins Research Award!

Congratulations to Dr Amit Kochar who was awarded the Research and Innovation Award at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network Excellence Awards ceremony held on Friday, August 11th, 2023.

Amit has been a strong leader, motivating the team at WCHN to continuously strive for improvement and reach goals. Undoubtedly, achieving success in  research trials within the Paediatric Emergency Department is a collaborative effort involving a vast array of hospital personnel, nursing and medical staff.

Congratulations to Amit and the WCH team from PREDICT! 



Project Snapshot – PEACHY O & M

PEAChY – O: Pharmacological Emergency management of Agitation in Children and Young people – A randomised controlled trial of Oral medication

Co-ordinating PI:  Elyssia Bourke

Study Co-ordinator: Kate Klein
Study design:

Randomised, controlled, open-label, multi-centre, phase III superiority effectiveness trial of: ORAL olanzapine vs ORAL diazepam.

For further background information see:

Current status:

  • Study target sample size of 348 participants currently at 94% (N = 325 recruited). Nearing completion, over 12 months ahead of schedule!
  • PEAChY-O is on track to be complete by mid-September 2023.
  • Data cleaning is set to be finalised at all participating sites by late October, ready for final analysis.
  • An abstract is planned for presentation at the PAS in January 2024.


PEAChY- M: Pharmacological Emergency management of Agitation in Children and Young people – A randomised controlled trial of IntraMuscular medication

Study design:

Randomised, controlled, open-label, multi-centre, phase III superiority effectiveness trial of: INTRAMUSCULAR olanzapine vs INTRAMUSCULAR droperidol.

For further background information see:

Current status:

  • Currently, 36% of the total number of participants required to meet the target sample size of 348 have been recruited.
  • Low recruitment across all sites due to several reasons. For example, management of ASBD events in the ED environment can be challenging and, commonly, many enrolled participants subsequently de-escalate (in behaviour) and no longer require IM medication (i.e. they either accept oral medication or no longer require any medication).
  • Education of clinical staff related to PEAChY-M continues at all sites to improve recruitment rates.

SAVE THE DATE – PREDICT members meeting 15th November 2023

The PREDICT members meeting has been moved to 15th November 2023.  An amended calendar invite has been forwarded to all members.  Please accept the invite to ensure you have the correct date in your calendar.

The event will be held in Melbourne at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
Registrations for the meeting via Try Booking will open in late September – you will be notified of this.

Present your “New Research Idea” at PREDICT Members meeting (15/11/23)

We have scheduled up to three  “New research idea” presentations at the PREDICT members meeting being held face to face and via ZOOM on Wednesday 15th of November 2023.

Do you have a proposal you would like to develop and present for feedback?

If so, please email the PREDICT research co-ordinator, a 1 – 2 page proposal by Friday 15th September 2023.

The 3 researchers selected to present their idea will receive mentoring from one of the PREDICT Executive with relevant expertise.

Presenters will be given 5 minutes to present the idea with an extra 10 minutes for discussion and questions. Presentations will be confirmed by 13th October 2023 and presentation times given later on.


We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Relocation of information on the PREDICT website

You may have already noticed that the “Education” tab that was on the home page of our website is no longer there! 
This has been replaced by a tab for “Guidelines” and will soon house our paediatric head injury guidelines and our bronchiolitis guidelines. 

The information that was under the Education tab has been relocated in a couple of spots. 
Information about our “Research Higher Degree program” now sits under the “About Us” tab.
Information about “How to get started in Research” and our “Podcasts”  sit under the “Resources” tab (link).