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.

PREDICT publications guideline reminder

All PREDICT endorsed research that is published needs to conform with our approved Guidelines so please ensure you read our guidelines (updated in February 2020) here.

Key points we wish to bring to your attention are:

  • All PREDICT publications must be reviewed by the Chair of PREDICT prior to submission to a journal.
  • Please allow approximately 2 weeks for your draft to be reviewed and email directly.
  • Please read the “Requirements for authorship”  – which provides guidance on how to make authorship decisions when there are large groups of potential authors.
  • A new planning template and example is provided.
  • Please ensure you acknowledge the Centre for Research Excellence grant using the wording noted in the guidelines.
  • Contributors  who do not meet the criteria for authorship but who have contributed to the study should be acknowledged.
  • Please remember to acknowledge all funding groups appropriately and invite them to use a prepared media release if available/relevant.

PREDICT Executive – nominations and voting

We were pleased to have 9 people nominate themselves for the 8 positions on the next PREDICT Executive (2021 – 2022).

Voting has now been opened to all PREDICT members and you have been emailed a personalised link to enable you to give your vote.  If you haven’t voted yet – there is still time. We will send you a reminder email next week which will contain your link to the voting page.

Voting will close at 5PM on Monday the 12th of October 2020.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Getting to know you – new member Hannah Elborough

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 Hannah Elborough from the Emergency Research Group, MCRI.

“Hi everyone, it’s a pleasure and privilege to be part of such a world renowned and dynamic organisation as PREDICT. My background is as an experienced paediatric emergency nurse, originally from the UK, who has a passion for evidence based practice and translating research into practice to improve the outcomes of all sick children. This is what led me to work within the Emergency Research team at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) over 10 years ago. Since then I have also worked in clinical allergy research yet found myself drawn back to emergency research nursing during a pandemic! I look forward to being part of the many innovative research projects at RCH and within the PREDICT network.”

Call for new research idea presentations

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

Three proposals will be selected for brief presentation at the PREDICT MEMBERS Meeting (Wednesday 28th October 11 – 2 (AEST).  Your presentation would be 6 minutes long, (max. 6 slides), 3 minutes is allowed for questions.

Presentation times will be confirmed in early October.   

If you would like to submit a proposal, please email a half to 1 page proposal by Friday 25th September 2020 to 

This proposal could later be developed and submitted to the PREDICT Executive for potential endorsement.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Getting to know you – new member Faye Jordan

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 Faye Jordan from The Prince Charles Hospital.  Welcome to PREDICT Faye.

“I work at The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) in Brisbane, a hospital that is approximately 10 km from the major Adult and Children’s Hospitals in Brisbane. It is a busy hospital with a large elderly population, and a separate Children’s emergency department that sees in excess of 30,000 children each year. I am an Emergency Specialist with dual fellowships in Paediatric Emergency Medicine (FRACP) and Emergency Medicine (FACEM). I am a member of our local adult and children’s research committee and assist with the support of research undertaken within our emergency departments. I am especially interested in paediatric emergency medicine and vulnerable adolescents.”