Research Rumble at Curtin
March 2019
Congratulations to Professor Judith Finn who was awarded the Faculty “Researcher of the Year” award at the Mark Liveris Health Science Seminar and to
PRECRU PhD student Elizabeth Brown who was awarded a high commendation for her poster “Major trauma patients: They are not who you think they are” at the Curtin library display during the Research Rumble

Professor Judith Finn makes 2018 Altmetric Top 100
February 2019
Professor Judith Finn has been recognised in the 2018 Altmetric Top 100 with the publication “A Randomized Trial of Epinephrine in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest” which was ranked at number 27. This list highlights the top 100 most-mentioned scholarly articles published for 2018. The Altmetric website states that “In the past year, Altmetric has tracked over 25 million mentions of 2.8 million research outputs” and the top 100 most-mentioned scholarly articles published for 2018 are “those which have truly captured the public imagination” Read more

Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis
January 2019
Professor Judith Finn’s Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis “Adrenaline and Vasopressin for cardiac arrest” co-authored by Ian Jacobs, Teresa Williams, Simon Gates and Gavin Perkins has been published on the Cochrane Library Read more

Another publication for PEC-ANZ Scholarship recipient Elizabeth Brown
January 2019
PEC-ANZ Scholarship recipient Elizabeth Brown’s journal article “Older age is associated with a reduced likelihood of ambulance transport to a trauma centre after major trauma in Perth” has been accepted for publication by Emergency Medicine Australasia. This publication is co-authored by Hideo Tohira, Paul Bailey, Gavin Pereira and Professor Judith Finn.

Professor Judith Finn conferred the title of “John Curtin Distinguished Professor”
December 2018
At the beginning of December 2018 it was announced that Professor Judith Finn will be conferred the title of “John Curtin Distinguished Professor”. This prestigious honour is in recognition of Professor Finn’s significant and sustained contribution to the University. This title recognises Professor Finn’s distinguished national and international academic reputation, exceptional research and teaching skills and the distinguished record of service to professional and public life.

Heart Foundation 2018 Vanguard Grant Success
November 2018
Professor Judith Finn and Deputy Director Stephen Ball were successful in their grant application “Development of an empirical model for the strategic placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public locations: improving survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest” awarded from the Heart Foundation, Australia. The Vanguard grant is designed to “encourage research and innovation in clinical or public health interventions and cardiovascular health practices” which can ultimately improve cardiovascular health.

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

Resuscitation Academy Network Events
6-7 August 2018
Dr Stephen Ball gave an oral presentation at the Resuscitation Academy Network Events. This research, led by linguist Dr Marine Riou, found that during emergency ambulance calls, the choice of words by call-takers can have a big impact on whether a patient receives CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Callers were much more likely to agree to perform CPR on a patient if the call-taker framed it as something that will, or needs to happen (e.g “We’re going to do CPR” or “We need to do CPR”), rather than something that depends on the caller’s willingness (e.g. “Are you willing to start CPR?”). This research can help to redefine the way call-takers provide over-the-phone assistance to patients in cardiac arrest, where every second counts.

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
18 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”

NZ Resus Conference 2018
19-21 April 2018
Professor Judith Finn travelled to New Zealand for the NZ Resus Conference held in Wellington. On behalf of the Aus-ROC Epistry Steering Committee Professor Finn presented “Regional variation in the characteristics, incidence and outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Australia and New Zealand” and later presented “‘She’s sort of breathing’: what linguistic factors determine call-taker recognition of agonal breathing in emergency calls for cardiac arrest?”

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
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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

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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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