• International OHCA Registry Network – Singapore
    October 2018
    Professor Judith Finn, as Director of Aus-ROC, attended the inaugural meeting of the “International OHCA Registry Network” in Singapore 28 – 30 October 2018. The meeting was hosted by Professor Marcus Ong at Singapore General Hospital, with representatives from the CARES, PAROS, EuReCa and Aus-ROC international OHCA registries; and registry managers from various national OHCA registries
  • European Resuscitation Congress (ERC) 2018
    September 2018
    Professor Judith Finn travelled to Bologna, Italy for the ERC “Resuscitation 2018: New technologies in Resuscitation”. Professor Finn co-chaired two sessions:
    1) with Peter Morley:
    – All patients with sustained ROSC should go for urgent coronary angiography after cardiac arrest
    – Cardiac arrest centres improve patient outcomes
    2) with Clare Morden:
    – Lessons from the past we shouldn’t forget
    – Insights from science fiction
    – Conscious awareness, mental and cognitive experiences during cardiac arrest
    – Technologies of the future.
    Professor Finn was a panel member for the following:
    – Panel discussion about PARAMEDIC2 – The Adrenaline Trial Peter Morley, Vinay Nadkarni, Jasmeet Soar, Bernd W. Böttiger, Robert W. Neumar, Theresa M. Olasveengen, Judith Finn, Jerry Nolan
    – Panel Discussion about ALPS (amiodarone, lidocaine, placebo study)
    Michael W. Donnino, Andrea Scapigliati, Jasmeet Soar, Laurie J. Morrison, Judith Finn, John Long1311 people attended the ERC from 58 different countries. Professor Finn completed the trip by attending the Journal “Resuscitation” Annual Board meeting on Thursday 21 September as a Board member
    August 2018
    The CSANZ (Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand) ASM was held in Brisbane 2 – 5 August 2018. Professor Judith Finn attended as the Cardiovascular Nursing Lecturer, presenting the topic “Out of hospital cardiac arrest and considerations for cardiac rehabilitation”
  • Dr Peter Buzzacott joins the PRECRU Team
    July 2018
    Dr Peter Buzzacott has joined the PRECRU team as the new Senior Research Fellow. Peter has relocated from North Carolina, USA, where he was the Director, Injury Monitoring and Prevention at Divers Alert Network. Dr Buzzacott’s research is focused on injury epidemiology and he will initially be focussing on the management of ‘falls’ by the ambulance service
  • PEC-ANZ PhD Scholarship Student, Elizabeth Brown, publication
    June 2018
    PRECRU PhD Student and PEC-ANZ Scholarship recipient Elizabeth Brown has had her journal publication accepted on the 24 June 2018 in “Emergency Medicine Australasia” entitled: “The epidemiology of trauma patients attended by ambulance paramedics in Perth, Western Australia” – her first paper accepted for publication.
    Read publication here
  • Dr Stephen Ball’s poster presentation EMS Conference Copenhagen
    April 2018
    During April 2018 Dr Stephen Ball, PRECRU Deputy Director, presented a poster at the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. The poster was entitled: “The influence of agonal breathing on call-taker recognition of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest” and focused on the outcomes from research undertaken for the NHMRC funded project “Improving ambulance dispatch to time critical-emergencies”
  • Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) and streamlining Emergency Response Calls
    3 April 2018
    St John Ambulance WA Clinical Services Director and PRECRU Adjunct, Dr Paul Bailey was interviewed by Andrea Gibbs ABC presenter from “Weekends with Andrea Gibbs” regarding the cardiac arrest linguistic research that PRECRU and SJA WA have undertaken collaboratively. Dr Bailey was also interviewed by Emma Young for WA Today, “Every Breath you take, every move they make counts for WA Paramedics”. This research, undertaken at PRECRU by Dr Stephen Ball and Dr Marine Riou collaborative with St John Ambulance WA, is aligned to the NHMRC funded project “Improving ambulance dispatch to time-critical emergencies”
    Read article here
  • Medical Journal of Australia article explores how PEC-ANZ Centre of Research Excellence addresses pre-hospital care knowledge gaps
    11 December 2017
    Read more
  • SJA Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest report 2016 released
    27 October 2017
    The Inaugural St John Ambulance WA Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest Annual Report for 2016 was released. The report found, based on data from a cardiac arrest registry managed by PRECRU and updated by Dr Madoka Inoue, that people are more likely to survive cardiac arrest and have a good quality of life compared with a decade ago.
    Read more
  • PRECRU Grant Successes
    9 October 2017
  • AUS-ROC Scholarship recipient Nicole McKenzie one of top posters in Curtin University Innovation and Research Week
    22 September 2017
    PhD Student and AUS-ROC Scholarship recipient Nicole McKenzie was selected as one of the 5 top-ranked posters in Curtin’s Innovation and Research week for her poster entitled: Neurological outcome in adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients – not all doom and gloom!
    Authors: McKenzie, Cheetham, Williams, Inoue, Fatovich, Celenza, Sprivulis, Jenkins, Tohira, Ho, Bailey and Finn. 
    View poster
  • SJA State Conference held August 25 and 26 August 2017
    26 August 2017
  • PRECRU Outcomes Presentation
    10 July 2017
  • Dr Marine Riou wins best poster at European Emergency Medical Congress
    24 May 2017
  • PhD student Nicole McKenzie presents at the Bard Medical Clinical Training and Education Program
    31 March 2017
  • Conferences and presentations September-November
    18 November 2016
  • Dr Teresa Williams grant success
    18 November 2016
  • PRECRU staff present in Canada, New Zealand and Singapore
    1 September 2016
  • Recent awards for outstanding work
    September 2016
  • Dr Marine Riou joins the PRECRU team
    1 September 2016

Previous news

NHMRC Partnership grant success Posted: 26 May 2014

Title: Improving ambulance dispatch to time-critical emergencies.
A NHMRC Partnership project between Curtin University and St John Ambulance WA

Professor Judith Finn (PRECRU, Curtin University) will lead an interdisciplinary team of researchers to work together with St John Ambulance WA to improve the accuracy of the dispatch of ambulances.

The project – to commence in July 2014 – has received three years of funding under the highly competitive NHMRC Partnership Projects initiative – see

Chief Investigators (CIs):

CIA: Prof Judith Finn Curtin University / St John Ambulance WA / Monash University
CIB: Prof Ian Jacobs Curtin University / St John Ambulance WA
CIC: Prof Daniel Fatovich Royal Perth Hospital / The University of Western Australia
CID: A/Prof Karen Smith Ambulance Victoria / Monash University
CIE: Dr Teresa Williams Curtin University / St John Ambulance WA
CIF: Dr Delia Hendrie Curtin University
CIG: A/Prof Kay O’Halloran Curtin University
CIH: Professor Peter Cameron Monash University

Associate Investigators:

Mr Tony Ahern St John Ambulance WA
Mr Deon Brink St John Ambulance WA
Prof Phillip Della Curtin University
Dr Madoka Inoue Curtin University
Mr Iain Langridge St John Ambulance WA
Mr Craig McKemmish St John Ambulance WA
Mr Austin Whiteside St John Ambulance WA

Consumer Representative:
Dr Anne Atkinson

Project synopsis:
The optimal management of critically ill patients is a continuum of care through the healthcare system; seamlessly extending from the prehospital and emergency department phases to the Intensive Care Unit and rehabilitation services.  The prehospital management of critically ill patients begins with the emergency ‘000’ phone call for an ambulance.  This is where the first suspicion of a time-critical emergency presents and it is on the basis of this ‘first link in the chain of survival’ that ambulance dispatch priority is determined.  However, as asserted at the recent inaugural European Emergency Medical Dispatch conference, “there is a paucity of dispatch research in the published medical literature…and the optimum method of handling calls and dispatching emergency medical resources remains largely unknown”.

This partnership project brings together an interdisciplinary team to work collaboratively with St John Ambulance Service in Western Australia to investigate strategies to improve the accuracy of emergency medical dispatch.  All ambulance services in Australia (except ACT) (and many internationally) use the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS).  Hence our study findings will be of relevance to emergency medical systems throughout the world.
We will use quantitative and qualitative methods, drawing on unique data sources not readily accessible in any other jurisdictions in Australia, to address questions such as:

  1. How accurately does the MPDS emergency dispatch system identify time-critical emergency conditions?
  2. What has been the experience of the end-users of MPDS?
  3. What characteristics of the communication between call taker / caller can lead to inappropriate dispatch priority?
  4. What are the EMS demand management implications of over-triage of calls?
  5. What are the economic and service implications of inappropriate triage of calls?

Further information can be obtained from:
Professor Judith Finn

Judith Finn contributes to ILCOR meeting on international recommendations on resuscitation Posted: 26 May 2014

In February 2015, Judith Finn joined 200 delegates in Dallas, Texas, to develop draft international recommendations on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care, as part of the International Liaison Committee On Resuscitation (ILCOR).

The outcomes of this meeting will contribute to the Consensus on Science with Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR), scheduled for online publication in the medical journals Circulation and Resuscitation on October 15, 2015.

PRECRU research appears in 2014 highlights of the journal Resuscitation Posted: 26 May 2014

The international journal, Resuscitation, has included two papers by PRECRU researchers in its 2014 list of highlights.

Among Resuscitation’s favourite papers for 2014 were Janet Bray’s paper on trends in the incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Perth.  This study found a statistically significant reduction in the age-and-sex-standardised incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Perth over the years 1997-2010.  This paper was co-authored by PRECRU’s Judith Finn and Ian Jacobs.

Also listed was Shelley Kirkbright’s paper on the use of audiovisual feedback devices by paramedics during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  This study found that while feedback technology allows CPR providers to improve performance, a systematic review found no consistent evidence that this translates into improved patient outcomes.  This paper was co-authored by PRECRU’s Judith Finn, Hideo Tohira and Ian Jacobs.

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