PhD Candidate – Dr Jeremy Furyk

Jeremy Furyk is an Emergency Physician at The Townsville Hospital and an Adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University (JCU). He is passionate about evidence based medicine and research. He has diverse clinical and research interests but more recently is focussing on paediatric emergency research with the Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT). Jeremy is a PhD candidate with James Cook University, under the supervision of A/Prof Kerrianne Watt, Dr Theophilus Emeto, A/Prof Franz Babl and Dr Stuart Dalziel on a research program on the acute management of paediatric convulsive status epilepticus including aspects of the ConSEPT trial, an evaluation of Levetiracetam versus phenytoin as second line management of CSE in children and qualitative and observational work exploring aspects of CSE acute management .

PhD Candidate – Dr Elliot Long

Elliot is a PhD candidate through the University of Melbourne Department of Medicine, School of Paediatrics and Child Health. His supervisors are Dr Trevor Duke, Dr Franz Babl, and Dr Ed Oakley. Elliot is an Emergency Consultant at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. His PhD project uses ultrasound to clarify the role of fluid resuscitation in paediatric sepsis. The aim is to translate this information into practice through the Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT) network.


PhD Candidate – Libby Haskell

Libby is a PhD candidate through the University of Auckland, School of Nursing.  Her primary supervisor is A/Prof Nicolette Sheridan with co-supervisors Dr Stuart Dalziel and A/Prof Cameron Grant.

Libby was New Zealand’s first Paediatric Emergency Nurse Practitioner and is currently based in the Children’s Emergency Department at Starship Children’s Health, Auckland, New Zealand.  She has over 25 years of paediatric nursing experience with 13 years of these being in emergency care.

Her PhD will focus on the effect that tailoring theory-informed knowledge translation interventions has on the management of infants with bronchiolitis.  Her PhD is based on the PREDICT knowledge translation cluster randomised controlled bronchiolitis study.

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Masters Candidate – Sharon O’Brien

Sharon is a MPHil. candidate through Curtin University Western Australia, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine.  Her supervisors are Dr Fenella Gill, Dr Sally Wilson, A/Prof Meredith Borland and Dr Stuart Dalziel.

Sharon is a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and a Project Officer for PREDICT. The aim of her Masters project is to formulate an evidence based, Australasian clinical practice guideline for infants presenting to, and admitted into hospital, with bronchiolitis. The final guideline structure will consist of a useable clinical interface for bed-side functionality (including flow diagrams and tables of key points for example) with a descriptive summary of the evidence base and evidence tables (NHMRC and GRADE) appendices for each key statement.

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Masters Candidate – Charmaine Gray

Charmaine is a Masters candidate through the University of Adelaide Department of Medicine, School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health. Her supervisors are Dr Jennifer Couper and Dr Simon Craig. Charmaine is an advanced trainee in Emergency medicine and General paediatrics at the Women and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide. Her project is aiming to clarify the current treatment for patients with severe asthma, work towards an international consensus on outcomes used in asthma research and develop a pilot study focusing on outcomes that are important to families of children with asthma.