Determining best practice for safe discharge of the older emergency patient.



The research team:

Professor Peter Cameron (CIA)
Head, Critical Care Division, Monash University
Academic Director, Emergency & Trauma Centre, The Alfred Hospital
President, The International Federation of Emergency Medicine
Professor Cameron is an interntaionally recognised clinician in emergency medicine and health systmes development.  Much of his research has been related to issues in emergency medicine with direct impact on Victorian, national and global health systems. For more information click here.

Dr De Villiers Smit (CIB)
Director, Emergency & Trauma Centre, The Alfred Hospital
Direcor, Emergency Services, Alfred Health
Dr Smit's career in emergency medicine has spanned the globe involving work in South Africa, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Hong Kong and rural Victoria.  He is involved in innovative redesign of Emergency Department practice and a number of clinical research projects.

Associate Professor Harvey Newnham (CIC)
Clinical Program Director, Emergency & Acute Medicine, Alfred Health
Director, General Medicine, Alfred Health
Associate Professor Newnham has responsibility for clinical programs in the Emergency Departments of The Alfred Hospital and Sandringham Hospitals, as well as Acute and General Medicine at The Alfred and Sandringham Hospitals and a seat on the Alfred Health Executive Committee.  He is actively involved in clinical services development and research in the area of acute medical patient flow and Health information technology.

Associate Professor Peter Hunter (CID)
Clinical Program Director, Rehabilitation, Aged & Community Care, Alfred Health
Associate Professor Hunter has a keen interest in managing patient flow including timely discharge to the community with appropriate support, and has been recognised for his role in developing the coordination of community and ambulatory programs at a government level. He has led innovation in clinical redesign which has placed Alfred Health at the forefront of clinical performance nationally.

Assoicate Professor Caroline Brand (CIE)
Associate Director, Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety, Monash University
Associate Professor Brand has a clinical background and extensive research experience. Her work hsa been focused on implementation of evidence into practice and improving quality of care, policy level development of clinical practice guidelines, design and implementation, and evaluation of new models of care in hospital settings.  She also brings to the project a broad range of research methodological skills, including randomised controlled trial design, knowledge translation methods and program evaluation skills and an established research interest in aged care quality and safety. For more information click here.

Dr Anna Barker
Senior Research Fellow, Centre of Reserach Excellence in Patient Safety, Monash University
Dr Barker is a clinical physiotherapist with specific interest in the management of older patients.  Her primary research interst is in falls and fall prevention.  Dr Barker is currently CIA on an NHMRC funded, national cluster randomised trial reviewing fall data and interventions involving 40,000 patients. For more information click here.

Dr Judy Lowthian
Senior Research Fellow, Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety, Monash University
Judy Lowthian is a senior research fellow, having completed her doctorate entitled "Increasing demand for emergency patient services: underlying drivers, implications and potential solutions" supported by an NHMRC Postgraduate scholarship in 2011. Her research includes longitudinal analyses and linkage of population-based datasets, epidemiological modelling of the effects of numerous factors on health service utilisation with predictive modelling and forecasting of future demand; qualitative analyses of patient- and doctor-based interviews; and management of large research studies. Her research is underpinned by a clinical background in speech pathology rehabilitation and health service management in Australia and the UK. Her specific research interests are health services research to improve patient care.  Judy’s article “The challenges of population ageing: accelerating demand for emergency ambulance services by older patients, 1995-2015”, was awarded the 2011 Sir Richard Stawell Memorial Prize. This prize is awarded annually for an article ‘on a medical subject of clinical significance’ published in the Medical Journal of Australia.  For more information click here.

Cathie Smith
Allied Health Team Leader, Emergency & Trauma Centre, The Alfred Hospital
Cathie is a Social Worker, having worked at The Alfred for 15 years. She has lead the Allied Health Team in the Emergency & Trauma Centre since the service was introduced in 2001. The Allied Health Team are an interdisciplinary team of social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, who work solely in the Emergency & Trauma Centre. Their aim is to promote patient health and quality of life after their visit to the Emergency & Trauma Centre. This is achieved through comprehensive assessment, development of individual care plans and referral to community services.

Chris Batey
Nurse Unit Manager, Emergency & Trauma Centre, The Alfred Hospital

Chris’ extensive experience in Critical Care Nursing enables her to fulfil her role as Nurse Unit Manager at the Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre. Chris is devoted to developing a nursing team that provides quality patient-centred care, and demonstrates commitment to the nursing values of the Emergency and Trauma Centre. This culminates in a reflexive approach that responds to The Alfred community’s expectations.