Publicity for PeaChY in WA

Some great publicity with commentary provided by Meredith Borland from Perth Children’s Hospital, appearing in The West Australian (22/10/20).  Under the headline “Youth mental health boost” it highlights the increasing rate of children with severe mental health issues currently accessing emergency departments, and outlines the “ground-breaking research” to be undertaken by PeaChY on behalf of PREDICT which will investigate treatment options for these children.



PREDICT members meeting held 28/10/20

The first “virtual” PREDICT members meeting was held last Wednesday 28/10/20.  It was well attended with 53 members “zooming” in to hear the latest updates on research being undertaken by the network.

Whilst nothing beats a real face-to-face meeting complete (with catering and time to catch up with friends), this was a great opportunity to connect with our growing membership base and to plan for an exciting year ahead.

Thanks to all the presenters, chairs and those who attended the event.  Special thanks to Marian Chandler, Cate Wilson and Simon Craig for the preparatory work and coordinating proceedings on the day.

If you weren’t able to attend, powerpoint presentations will be made available in the “secure staff area” of the website (accessible via your login) in due course.  A combined written report on all the status of all the projects is also available.

Voting outcome for PREDICT executive 2021-22

  • Nine people nominated themselves for eight positions on the next PREDICT Executive (2021-2022).
  • 73 votes were received over a four week voting period.

Congratulations to the following PREDICT members who were elected to be part of the next PREDICT Executive:
Shane George, Simon Craig, Natalie Phillips, Sharon O’Brien, Bronwyn Griffin, Amanda Williams,
Meredith Borland and Elliot Long.

We look forward to working with our new executive committee.

Calls for nominations of the Research Higher Degree and Research Assistant candidates will be made soon.




New PREDICT publications

Congratulations to the following authors:

Craig SS, Dalziel SR, Powell CVE, Graudins A, Babl FE, Lunny C. Interventions for escalation of therapy for acute exacerbations of asthma in children: An overview of Cochrane reviews. Paediatr Respir Rev. 2020 Aug 20:S1526-0542(20)30122-6. doi: 10.1016/j.prrv.2020.08.006. PMID: 32952049. [Epub ahead of print]. [link].

McMullan BJ, Haeusler GM, Hall L, Cooley L, Stewardson AJ, Blyth CC, Jones CA, Konecny P, Babl FE, Mechinaud F, Thursky K; Australian PICNICC study group and the PREDICT network. Aminoglycoside use in paediatric febrile neutropenia – Outcomes from a nationwide prospective cohort study. PLoS One. 2020 Sep 16;15(9):e0238787. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0238787. eCollection 2020.PMID: 32936822 Free article. [link].

George S, Long E, Gelbart B, Dalziel S, Babl FE, Schibler A. Paediatric Critical Care Research Group (PCCRG), Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Paediatric Study Group (ANZICS PSG) and Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT) research networks. Intubation Practices for Children in Emergency Departments and Intensive Care Units across Australia and New Zealand: A Survey of Medical Staff.
EMA. First published: 23 September 2020 [Epub ahead of print]. [link].

Getting to know you – meet Julian Stella

Our “Getting to Know You” segment ensures PREDICT members are aware of new members, their interests and areas of expertise and where they are located.

This month we introduce Dr Julian Stella from University Hospital Geelong.  Welcome to PREDICT Julian.

I am a Senior Staff Specialist at University Hospital Geelong (UHG) Emergency Department in Geelong Victoria. UHG is a mixed ED which over 70,000 patients annually of which more than a quarter are children. I am the Head of research in the ED and also help oversee the Deakin medical student experience in the ED.

We are interested in a broad range of systems, public health, education and clinical research. The department has participated in a number of funded national, international and local research projects and already has a number of active PREDICT researchers.


Project Snapshot – BellPIC study finishes recruiting

BellPIC study: A randomised, triple blinded, placebo controlled trial for the use of prednisolone to improve recovery from Bell’s palsy at 1 month.

Recruitment finished September 1st 2020.

Since commencement of recruitment in 2015 at 10 hospitals within the Australian and New Zealand PREDICT research network, we have randomised 186 participants aged between 6 months and 18 years of age.

A HUGE thank you to all the sites who have dedicated their time and expertise to contributing to this fantastic recruitment number and data collection. With this large multicentre randomised trial, it will allow the definitive assessment of the efficacy of prednisolone compared with placebo in the treatment of Bell’s palsy in children.

Data cleaning is underway by the RCH Research Trial Co-ordinator, with participant follow up continuing until March 2021 and data analysis to be performed mid-2021.

Watch this space!

PREDICT Members Meeting Online – October 28th 2020

The PREDICT members meeting will be held on Wednesday October 28th 2020 online via Zoom, time: 11.00am – 2.00pm (AEST).

Please find AGENDA attached. There may be slight adjustments as things progress so check the website for the latest version.  Due to time constraints this year, presentations will be very focused and questions contained.  Written reports on the status of all PREDICT projects and the relevant project contact, will be made available to all members.

An outlook invitation has been sent to all PREDICT members which contains the Zoom link to join the meeting.  All you need to do is to accept the invitation. 

We hope you can join us on the day.

Please contact

PREDICT project endorsement reminder

All surveys and projects, (including pilot studies) to be carried out with the PREDICT network, must first be submitted to the PREDICT Executive for review and endorsement.

Our endorsement process is available on the website.  Please read the latest information here.