New PREDICT publications

Congratulations to the following PREDICT authors:

Franklin D, Babl FE, George S, Oakley E, Borland ML, Neutze J, Acworth J, Craig S, Jones M, Gannon B, Shellshear D, McCay H, Wallace A, Hoeppner T, Wildman M, Mattes J, Pham TMT, Miller L, Williams A, O’Brien S, Lawrence S, Bonisch M, Gibbons K, Moloney S, Waugh J, Hobbins S, Grew S, Fahy R, Dalziel SR, Schibler A. Effect of Early High-Flow Nasal Oxygen vs Standard Oxygen Therapy on Length of Hospital Stay in Hospitalized Children With Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure: The PARIS-2 Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2023 Jan 17;329(3):224-234. doi: 10.1001/jama.2022.21805. PMID: 36648469 Clinical Trial. 

Franklin D, Babl FE, Neutze J, Craig S, Oakley E, Furyk J, Frampton CM, Hasan N, Pham TM, Miller L, Fraser JF, Dalziel SR, Schibler A. Predictors of intensive care admission in hypoxemic bronchiolitis infants Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Trial. J Pediatr. 2022 Dec 14:S0022-3476(22)01122-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2022.12.006. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36528052.

Gray C, Xu Y, Babl FE, Dalziel SR, Powell CVE, Chong S, Roland D, Lyttle MD, Fernandes RM, Benito J, Johnson M, Yock-Corrales A, Santhanam I, Schuh S, Cheema B, Couper J, Craig S, On behalf of the Pediatric Emergency Research Network (PERN). International perspective on research priorities and outcome measures of importance in the care of children with acute exacerbations of asthma: a qualitative interview study. BMJ Open Resp Res. 2023;10:e001502. doi:10.1136/bmjresp-2022-001502.



PARIS-2 paper published amid much fanfare

The PARIS-2 paper entitled “Effect of Early High-Flow Nasal Oxygen vs Standard Oxygen Therapy on Length of Hospital Stay in Hospitalized Children With Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure – The PARIS-2 Randomized Clinical Trial” has just been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) to much fanfare.

The story has been taken up by a range of media outlets, both national and international.

The significance of this study feeds into PREDICT member Dr Donna Franklin’s new project “PARIS on Country” on which she is Chief Investigator. Donna’s team will work in collaboration with the Wesley Research Institute to promote health equity and reduce transfers of sick children with respiratory disease to city hospitals in 18 rural and remote hospitals.”  Read the full story published on the Wesley Research Institute website here.

Big congratulations to Donna Franklin and the PARIS team.


Getting to know you – meet Corinne Langstaff

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 Corinne Langstaff from Wollongong Hospital.

“I initially worked as a Paediatric Nephrologist in Nottingham, UK, undertaking an MD investigating endothelial cell activation in haemolytic uraemic syndrome as part of my training. After moving to Australia 7 years ago, I transitioned to emergency medicine and am currently working as a CMO covering paediatrics at Wollongong Emergency Dept.

My passion is to see good clinical research translate to practice and I am keen to be involved in recruitment to studies relevant to the paediatric emergency setting.”

Welcome to PREDICT Corinne.

Congratulations Dr Libby Haskell

All the hard work has finally paid off for Libby Haskell who graduated with her PhD from the University of Auckland in December.  Her PhD was entitled Improving the care of infants with bronchiolitis.

Well done and congratulations Libby.


Getting to know you – meet Gabriel Blecher

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 Gabriel Blecher who is the Clinical Director of Emergency at Peninsula Health Emergency (Frankston and Rosebud)

“Peninsula Health is the major metropolitan health service for Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. We care for a population of around 300,000 people, which swells to over 400,000 people during the peak tourism season between December and March. Frankston Hospital is currently undergoing a $1.1 billion redevelopment which will deliver a new 12-storey clinical services tower and main entrance and includes a dedicated paediatric emergency department.

My research interests include point-of-care ultrasound, reducing low value care and optimising care of the elderly.”

Welcome to PREDICT Gabriel.


2022 has been another challenging year due to the pandemic and natural disasters however things are gradually looking up and we can reflect on another significant year for our network – despite these things!

This year also marks the third 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 183 members – in the past year we welcomed 34 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 has been actively involved in the development and fine tuning of the Mental Health Delphi project, the PEACHY O and M studies, and the Prospective Observational study.
  • We have commenced a Head injury/Concussion Co-design project that involves parents, youths and clinicians working in partnership to develop discharge materials for children with mild head injury/concussion. Lots of valuable insight has been gained to date.
  • 47 hospitals across Australia and New Zealand have been actively involved in PREDICT research!
  • This year we have had 2 large successful grants to the value of $6.4M.
  • The Acute Head Injury Guidelines are completed and are available on our website! Supplementary materials, including a video on use of the head injury algorithm, and other education modules, are now also available.
  • A mRNA Vaccine Chest Pain guideline has been developed in collaboration with ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation), IMAC (Immunisation Advisory Centre NZ) and CSANZ (Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand) to support an approach to the initial assessment and workup of children and adolescents presenting to the ED with vaccine-related symptoms. This is available on our website now with a recent update added in September 2022.
  • Our two committed teams undertaking Cochrane reviews continue to progress work on:
    “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” 
  • A number of studies are now well underway and recruiting this year after significant preparatory work and overcoming teething problems.  These include: The Sepsis Observational (SENTINEL) study, currently enrolling in Australia and New Zealand (11 sites). The PEACHY O and PEACHY M RCT studies which focus on the care of children with acute severe behavioural disturbance in the ED are currently enrolling (7 sites + addition of 3 new sites); the SONIC study; and the Bronchiolitis Sustainability study is also underway with 23 Australian and New Zealand sites participating: the SPASMS project (on assessment of abdominal pain has commenced recruiting in WA with other sites identified and commencing in 2023.
  • We continue to undertake work collaboratively with the international PERN Pediatric Emergency Research Network) group on the PERN COVID 19 project, and the PAINT study (Pain Management and Sedation in Pediatric Ileocolic Intussusception: A Global Multicenter, Retrospective Study). With PERC we continue to recruit in the BIPED study (Dexamethasone and Adrenalin for bronchiolitis) and our other international studies include the PROMPT Bolus Study (with PECARN (US) and PERC (Canada)).
  • Kids THRIVE – the RCT on high flow for intubation has completed enrolment.
  • BELLPiC – the RCT has been published in Neurology and further secondary papers are in draft from or have been submitted.
  • Data analysis is complete and papers are underway for COVID 19 Audit; Western Australia Bronchiolitis Knowledge Translation Adaptability study; PERN pneumonia; PAINT study; Deferred Consent and the PARIS II.
  • The PREDICT Executive reviewed and endorsed 11 new projects, many of which are now in various stages of development.
  • We continue to mentor 10 PhD scholars and congratulate 2 PhD students- Sharon O’Brien (Perth) and Sonia Singh (UC Davis/Melbourne) – have recently submitted their thesis!
  • Thirteen papers were published in various journals including The Lancet, Archives of Disease in Childhood, Neurology, BMC Health Services Research, BMJ Open Respiratory Research, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, Emergency Medicine Journal, Paediatric Critical Care, Medical Journal Australia and others!
  • The annual PREDICT members meeting was held in October in Melbourne with a live and online audience of 65 members.  It was great to be able to see people again!

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

New PREDICT publications

Congratulations to the following PREDICT authors:

Bourke EM, Knott JC, Craig S, Babl FE; Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT) Research Network. Management of paediatric acute severe behavioural disturbance in emergency departments across Australia: A PREDICT survey of senior medical staff. Emerg Med Australas. 2022 Nov 3. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.14105. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36328402.

Borland ML, Dalziel SR, Phillips N, Dalton S, Lyttle MD, Bressan S, Oakley E, Kochar A, Furyk J, Cheek JA, Neutze J, Eapen N, Hearps SJ, Rausa VC, Babl FE; Paediatric Research in Emergency Department International Collaborative (PREDICT) group. Incidence of traumatic brain injuries in head-injured children with seizures. Emerg Med Australas. 2022 Nov 2. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.14112. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36323396.





PREDICT Members Meeting 2022

The annual PREDICT members meeting was held on Thursday October 20th 2022 with 30 people attending in person (in Melbourne at the Larwill hotel) and another 26 – 36 online at various stages of the meeting.   

The meeting included a range of informative presentations from the project leads covering projects now analysed, those in development and those that are currently active.  It was also a great opportunity to hear ideas for new research projects and to thrash these out with the membership.  We also enjoyed hearing from our Research Higher Degree students, (both new students, just completed and post doctorate stages) about the trials and tribulations of doing a PhD and what it involved and demanded of them to take this journey.   

We thank everyone who involved (presenters, chairs and audience) and hope you enjoyed it.  Apologies for the technical issues experienced at the beginning of the meeting that affected the sound and visuals for the online audience – running hybrid events is a new thing for us and our technical support was not as good as it could have been.

We look forward to another exciting year of collaborative research and another meeting in 2023!

Elliot, Libby, Sonia and Elyssia on the discussion panel.

Group dinner at Captain Melville.

Our executive team meets on 19/10/22

New PREDICT Executive

Each two years the eight positions on the PREDICT Executive are re-elected.  This year there were exactly eight nominees from our membership, so all of these people automatically became the new Executive members (without further vote) and they selected a new Chair and two Vice Chairs.

Congratulation to:

  • Simon Craig – Chair
  • Elliot Long – vice Chair (1)
  • Shane George – Vice chair (2)
  • Amanda Williams
  • Sharon O’Brien
  • Bronwyn Griffin
  • Libby Haskell
  • Natalie Phillips

The Executive also elects non-officio Executive members for their support and expertise.  These members include:

  • Meredith Borland (Past Chair)
  • Franz Babl
  • Stuart Dalziel
  • Emma Tavender
  • Cate Wilson
  • Ed Oakley

We will also be calling for a Research Assistant and a Research Higher Degree candidate in the next months.

Finally, we would like to thank Meredith Borland for her work as Chair of PREDICT over the past four years – her commitment to this role has been exceptional.