Research interests of MERC are wide-ranging and include clinical research in emergency medicine and toxicology. Our clinical research focuses on pragmatic patient-centric research that is aimed at driving innovation and change. Our key research areas are listed below:

Toxicology and Therapeutics


The Monash Emergency Medicine Service supports one of only two specialised clinical toxicology units located in Melbourne.

The Monash Toxicology Unit provides clinical services for assessment, management and treatment of suspected poisonings presenting to the Monash Emergency network as well as provides teaching in clinical toxicology to a wide variety of clinical staff across Monash Health.

Toxicology and Therapeutics research encompass one of the pillars of MERC research goals.

Toxicology research encompasses both basic science and clinical translational research into the risk assessment, diagnosis and treatment of various poisoning scenarios. Specific toxicology research interests include; risk assessment and assessment of novel acetylcysteine treatment regimens for paracetamol poisoning, assessment of novel treatments for cardiovascular drug poisoning, adolescent poisoning epidemiology, assessment and recommendations for rational antidote use.

Therapeutic interests include the assessment of the utility of intranasal drug delivery in the emergency department, assessment of analgesic regimens for acute pain and development of evidence based guidelines for the assessment and use of antiemetics for emergency department nausea and vomiting.  Meet the research area head, Professor Andis Graudins

Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The paediatric emergency medicine research is based at our tertiary paediatric ED (Monash Medical Centre in Clayton), and extends to our mixed adult-paediatric departments at Dandenong and Casey. Over 60,000 children are seen across the three Monash Health emergency departments each year.

Our paediatric emergency medicine has wide interests in all aspects of the emergency care of children, including critical care and resuscitation, common illnesses and clinical procedures, diagnostic testing, pain management and clinical decision rules. We have strong links with all Monash Children's inpatient units, as well as the Royal Children's Hospital ED and other paediatric EDs across Australia and New Zealand.  Meet the research area head, Prof Simon Craig

Public Health and Preventive Care

Public health

Meet the research area head, Prof Diana Egerton-Warburton.