Critical Care Research

In September 2020 we focused on MARC members from Critical Care Research.

Monash University is an international leader in critical care research, investigating improvements to patient care encompassing pre-hospital, emergency and trauma, ICU and anaesthesia. The Critical Care Division's areas of expertise include clinical medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, data management, and health economics.


Dr Ben Beck is Head of Sustainable Mobility and Safety Research, and Deputy Head of Prehospital, Emergency and Trauma Research within the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM). He is the current President of the Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN).

Dr Beck is a current Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow and a Chief Investigator on the Victorian State Trauma Registry. He leads a broad body of trauma and injury prevention research at Monash University, with a focus on improving safety for cyclists, identifying emerging injury trends, monitoring and improving trauma systems, and developing injury prevention strategies.

Dr Beck currently collaborates with MARC members on the following projects:

“Linking Victorian State Trauma Registry and Ambo Data to Explore the relationships between trauma, alcohol and drug use, self-harm and mental health”

MARC Co-investigatos: Dr Debbie Scott (Turning Point), Dr Rowan Ogeil (Turning Point), Dr Dhanya Kumar (Turning Point), Prof Karen Smith (Ambulance Victoria), and Prof Dan Lubman (Turning Point).

In collaboration with: Prof Belinda Gabbe (SPHPM)

This is a MARC-funded study.

Georgina Lau’s PhD project investigating alcohol and other drugs in non-road transport injury

MARC Co-investigators: Prof Paul Dietze (Burnet Institute),

In collaboration with :Prof Belinda Gabbe (SPHPM), Prof Biswadev Mitra (The Alfred) and Dr Sandra Braaf (SPHPM).

Alcohol and other drugs in fatal injury events

MARC Co-investigator: Dr Jennifer Schumann (VIFM).

He is also currently developing the National Injury Prevention Strategy with the Federal Department of Health, which will have a strong focus on the role of alcohol and other drugs in injury.


Dr Melita Giummarra is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University; the Institute of Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research; and Caulfield Pain Management and Research Centre in Australia.

Dr Giummarra is leading a program of research on pain following injury, chronic pain, and the social context of pain and suffering. Since 2013 she has worked in close partnership with the Victorian Transport Accident Commission in studies that are investigating the role of compensation system experience in chronic pain and function following injury. She works with clinical service providers and policymakers in health.

Dr Giummarra currently collaborates with MARC members on the following projects:

TAC Poject T034 - Ageing with lifelong accident injuries: Building a body of evidence

MARC Co-investigators: Dr Ben Beck (CCR), A/Prof Sharon Newnam (MUARC)