Monash Emergency Research Collaborative (MERC)

About MERC

Monash Emergency Research Collaborative (MERC) is a multi-disciplinary collaborative network consisting of both clinical and research focused staff in emergency care.

The group encompasses the three emergency departments (ED) of Monash Health at Clayton, Dandenong and Casey.

The collaborative has affiliations with Monash University and the Australian Catholic University. We focus on providing translational research to achieve best practice in emergency care. We believe that emergency departments and therefore patient care will benefit from evidence based, problem orientated and patient focused approach.

About Emergency at Monash Health

In the last financial year our hospitals treated more than 193,000 inpatients, triaged more than 180,000 emergency presentations, performed over 39,000 operations, and assisted with the delivery of over 9,000 new Victorians.

Find out more about Emergency at Monash Health.

Research projects

Group head

Professor Andis Graudins

We often think of paracetamol as a ‘safe' painkiller. But Professor Andis Graudin's new research has found that around 150 Australians end up in hospital with paracetamol poisoning every week.

Along with paracetamol poisoning, Professor Graudin's toxicology interests include treatment of severe cardiovascular drug poisoning, and investigation of novel antidotes for treatment of drug poisoning. He's involved in both clinical and basic science toxicology research including pharamcokinetics and animal models of severe CVS poisoning.

Find out more about Professor Andis Graudins and listen to Paracetemol Poisoning on 2GB now.

Our staff

Meet the MERC team.


PhD opportunity in toxicology research

Our clinical research can be broken into four key areas, or pillars:

  • Paediatric
  • Therapeutics and toxicology
  • Vulnerable population and mental health
  • Clinical service outcomes and appraisal.

Find out more about our research and current projects.


Read and access a selection of our publications.

We like to collaborate

We partner with a number of hospitals, institutions, groups and centres  to deliver fantastic and relevent research, teaching and emergency  department services. Meet our partners.