Emergency medicine research

Research in the specialty of emergency medicine continues to expand at St John of God Health Care, helping improve patient treatments and outcomes. 

The research team, led by Professor Ian Rogers, has strong links with the St John of God Murdoch Hospital Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research. Valuable collaborations have also been established with many West Australian universities and hospitals, and we are increasingly developing key interstate and international collaborations.

  • It is estimated that nearly 1 in 4 Australians seek emergency care each year. 
  • There were 7.4 million presentations to emergency departments in Australia between July 2014 and June 2015. 
  • About 10 per cent of emergency presentations are to private hospital emergency departments. St John of God Murdoch Hospital Emergency Department is the only private emergency department in Western Australia state conducting this type of research.
  • Palliative care, emergency department service redesign and the medicine of endurance exercise have been significant focus areas for us since the research team was established in 2012. 
  • Pain assessment and management is now at the centre of our ongoing in-department research plans. We consider this a core area of emergency practice and are using the links between research and clinical practice to strengthen our performance in this area.
  • Research collaborations remain fundamental to our work. 
  • Our strong links with the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research at St John of God Murdoch Hospital have seen us collaborate on many projects, particularly relating to palliative care. Our research and publications offer caregivers a framework for palliative care education.  
  • Our relationship with the Pre-Hospital Care Research Unit at Curtin University has produced a series of papers centred on paramedic models of care. 
  • Collaborations with St John Ambulance and pre-hospital researchers in other states have led to Professor Ian Rogers and Director of Emergency Medicine Paul Bailey being involved in the chief investigator group for the trials. 
  • Upcoming collaborations with emergency researchers at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Auckland Public Hospital which will lead to an Australasian wide survey of emergency physicians.
Professor Ian Rogers
Professor of Emergency Medicine

Emogene Aldridge
Academic Support Officer

Below is a select list of our publications.

Joslin J, Hoffman MD, Rogers IR, Worthing R, Ladbrook M, Mularella J:
Special considerations in medical screening for participants in remote endurance events Sports Medicine 2015:45:1121-1131

Rogers IR, Shearer FM, Rogers JR, Ross-Adjie G, Monterosso L, Finn J:
Paramedics’ perceptions and educational needs with respect to palliative care. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine 2015:12: 5A3 

Hew-Butler T, Rosner MH, Fowkes-Godek S, Dugas JP, Hoffman MD, Lewis DP, Maughan RJ, Miller KC, Montain SJ, Rehrer NJ, Roberts WO, Rogers IR, Siegel AJ, Stuempfle KJ, Winger JM, Verbalis JG:
Consensus Statement of the 3rd International Exercise Associated Hyponatremia (EAH) Consensus Development Conference, Carlsbad, California, 2015. Co-published in Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine 2015;25:303-320 & British Journal of Sports Medicine 2015;49:1432-1446

Russ A, Mountain D, Rogers IR, Shearer F, Monterosso L, Ross-Adjie G, Rogers JR:
Staff perceptions of palliative care in a public Australian, metropolitan Emergency Department Emergency Medicine Australasia 2015;27:287-294 

Rogers IR, Lukin B:
Applying palliative care principles and practice to emergency medicine. Emergency Medicine Australasia 2015;27:612-615

Tohira H, Fatovich D, Williams T, Bremner A, Arendts G, Rogers IR, Celenza A, Mountain D, Cameron P, Sprivulis P, Ahern T, Finn J:
Is it appropriate for patients to be discharged at the scene by paramedics? Pre-Hospital and Emergency Care 2016;20:539-549 

Monterosso L, Ross-Adjie G, Rogers IR, Rogers JR, Shearer FM:
How well do we understand healthcare professional's perceptions and needs for the provision of palliative care? A mixed methods study Journal of Palliative Medicine 2016;19:720-727

Aldridge ES, Rogers IR, Bailey PM, Rogers JR:
Emergency department ‘undercrowding’ is associated with decreased waiting times. Emergency Medicine Australasia 2016;28:268-272 

Tohira H, Jacobs I, Fatovich D, Williams T, Bremner A, Arendts G, Rogers IR, Celenza A, Mountain D, Cameron P, Sprivulis P, Ahern T, Finn J:
Paramedic checklists do not accurately identify post-ictal or hypoglycaemic patients suitable for discharge at the scene.
Pre-Hospital & Disaster Medicine 2016;31:282-293

Hoffman MD, Hew-Butler T, Roberts WO, Rogers IR, Rosner MH:
Is post-event intravenous hydration an appropriate service at endurance competitions? Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 2016;27:7-9