The PRECRU team
- Professor Judith Finn – Professor
- Dr Teresa Williams – Senior Research Fellow
- Dr Hideo Tohira – Research Fellow
- Dr Stephen Ball – Research Fellow
- Dr Marine Riou – Research Fellow
- Dr Madoka Inoue – Research Associate
- Ms Sarah Fulford – Research Support
- Ms Shelley Cheetham – Research Officer
- Ms Nicole Frances Mckenzie – Research Assistant
- Professor Glen Ardents – Adjunct Associate Professor
- Associate Professor Paul Bailey – Adjunct Associate Professor
- Associate Professor Janet Bray – Adjunct Associate Professor
- Mr Deon Brink – Adjunct Research Associate
- Mr Austin Whiteside – Adjunct Research Associate
- Professor Daniel Fatovich – Adjunct Professor
- Professor Hugh Grantham – Adjunct Professor
BSc(Hons), MSc(Paramedical Science)
The Pre-Hospital Management of Major Trauma in Western Australia
My doctoral research seeks to describe the epidemiology of major trauma managed by paramedics in Perth, Western Australia over a five year period, with a focus on the pre-hospital management. Using St John Ambulance data linked to death and emergency department data, I plan to identify pre-hospital factors associated with patient survival outcomes.
Elizabeth is a paramedic currently employed by St John Ambulance Western Australia. Previously she worked as a paramedic with the London Ambulance Service in the UK.
Ellen Ceklic PhD thesis: Pre-hospital emergency medical services prioritisation of road crash victims: a retrospective study using population based linked data.
Pre-hospital emergency medical services prioritisation of road crash victims: a retrospective study using population based linked data.
Ellen’s doctoral research seeks to understand how on-scene characteristics of a road crash such as air bag deployment or speed zone could be used by medical dispatchers to triage patients. Ellen will use linked administrative data sourced from: St John Ambulance data; police crash reports; personal injury claims; hospital admissions; emergency department attendance; trauma registries and death registrations.
Ellen has worked as an analyst for various state and federal government departments. She is skilled in the analysis of complex linked datasets.
MPH, PG Dip (Critical Care), B Nurs, RN
Nicole Mckenzie is a Research Nurse in the Prehospital, Resuscitation and Emergency Care Research Unit (PRECRU) in the School of Nursing & Midwifery in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University. Nicole was awarded a post graduate qualification in critical care nursing in 2000 and completed a Master of Public Health in 2009. She has a background in critical care nursing in Australia and the Middle East and has had the privilege of participating in humanitarian work in East Africa. Nicole started work at Curtin University in 2010 as a research nurse collecting data in an ICU follow up study. Nicole is now involved in a follow up study of patients who survived to hospital admission after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Mr David Majewski PhD Thesis: Pre hospital identification and management of sepsis in Western Australia
DPM, BSc, Dip
Pre hospital identification and management of sepsis in Western Australia
David’s doctoral research seeks to describe the epidemiology and characteristics of sepsis attended to by paramedics in Perth, Western Australia. It also aims to identify new methods for identifying and treating sepsis in the ambulance. David will use linked administrative data from St John Ambulance WA, the emergency department, hospital admissions and death registrations.
David is currently a podiatrist and has previously worked as a paramedic.
Elaine Schneiker PhD Thesis: Communication factors and triage accuracy in emergency calls to ambulance services for suspected Stroke
BSc (Hons1st), GradDip. PH, Certified Practicing Speech Language Pathologist (CPSLP)
Communication factors and triage accuracy in emergency calls to ambulance services for suspected Stroke
The emergency call is the ‘first link in the chain of survival’ for patients with time-critical conditions, yet there is a lack of research on this link. My PhD will investigate how communication factors during emergency calls may impact the accuracy of triage in suspected stroke cases.
Why my research is important
If a patient’s condition and severity is underestimated during an emergency call they may miss out on the timely arrival of critical care; alternatively, if a patient’s condition and severity is overestimated, this means that fewer ambulances are available for other patients in greater need. Identifying and describing communication difficulties within an emergency call can assist in managing over- and under- triage. This information can potentially improve patient outcomes, training for Communications Officers, and overall system efficiency.
Milena Talikowska PhD Thesis: The relationship between the quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed by paramedics and survival outcomes from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).
MPhil, BEng (Hons), BSc
The relationship between the quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed by paramedics and survival outcomes from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).
Milena’s doctoral research seeks to quantify the relationship between CPR quality and survival outcomes in OHCA patients attended by St John Ambulance (SJA) paramedics in Perth, Western Australia.
Data on CPR quality including compression rate, depth, and fraction, will be collected using the Philips HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator which features the Q-CPR™ measurement/feedback tool.
Patient outcome data will be obtained from the SJA-WA OHCA database which contains information from SJA-WA Patient Care Records for OHCAs attended by SJA-WA paramedics and is linked to the WA death registry and supplemented by hospital medical record review.
Statistical analysis will be performed using STATA to determine whether a relationship exists between CPR quality and survival outcomes in the study population.
Why my research is important
Cardiac arrest (CA) is a significant global health issue, yet survival rates remain low (often less than 10%). CA is managed, in the first instance, using cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation. Over the past decade there has been an increased emphasis upon CPR quality. This study aims to quantify the relationship between CPR quality and patient outcomes, and in doing so may identify new ways by which to increase survival rates.
Milena is an Aus-ROC PhD scholar (https://www.ausroc.org.au/) who has also been awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and a Curtin University Postgraduate Scholarship (CUPS) to fund her research.