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Monash Emergency Research Collaborative (MERC) staff

Andis Graudins  Professor Andis Graudins (Director,Monash Clinical Toxicology Service and Clinical Toxicology Training at Monash Health) is the Head of MERC and has extensive experience in clinical toxicology research. His specific interests lie in the areas of paracetamol poisoning and management, cardiovascular drug, and antidepressant poisoning and envenomation treatment. Recent emergency research has included acute analgesia research and pharmacokinetic evaluation of intranasal drug delivery.  Recent publications
simon-craigProfessor Simon Craig (Adjunct Professor; Director Emergency Medicine Training) specialises in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and is currently involved in the oversight of a number of Clinical Trials (PREDICT network) and many investigator driven research studies within the Paediatric ED at Monash Medical Centre.  Recent publications
Diana Egerton-WarburtonProfessor Diana Egerton-Warburton (Adjunct Professor; Director Emergency Medicine Research, Monash Medical Centre ED) is an Emergency Physician with a passion for patient and community advocacy. She is a Professor at the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University and National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University.  She has led and participated in a number of multi-site clinical trials and clinical research projects, with an emphasis on focused on pragmatic, patient-centered research, to influence practice. She has received numerous research grants including NHMRC and VicHealth. She is chair of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Public Health Committee and has led an international project to highlight and reduce the harmful effects of alcohol. She is a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and other Drugs (ANACAD) providing policy advice to the Commonwealth Government. As a supporter of #foamED (Free Open Access Medical Education) she believes in the use of social media as an education, research and advocacy tool.  Recent publications.  Follow Diana on Twitter.
gabriel-blecherDr Gabriel Blecher (Senior Adjunct lecturer. Emergency Physician, Monash Medical Centre and Cabrini Hospital EDs) is involved in driving research in examining the efficiency and suitability of diagnostic testing practices in EDs and the qualitative analyses of patient ED experiences.  Recent publications
Robert MeekDr Robert Meek (Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor; Emergency research and medical student teaching co-ordinator, Dandenong ED) has experience in conducting a number of clinical trials with an emphasis on determining the suitability and efficacy of analgesics and antiemetics used for common ED presentations.  Recent publications
Lisa Kuhn  Associate Professor Lisa Kuhn (Associate Professor, Nursing & Midwifery, Monash University) is an emergency nurse with more than 25 years of experience in clinical, academic and research nursing.  Lisa’s current research involves developing and testing a predictive model to reduce unwarranted variation from evidence-based practice for heart attacks in women.  Future research will involve translating the model into practice to improve patient outcomes.  Lisa is currently supervising Honours and Masters students who are doing exciting studies to improve care in cardiac catheter laboratories and mental health units.  Lisa has been a member of a Low Risk Ethics Committee and is an active member of several professional organisations.  She regularly provides peer review for numerous international and Australian journals.
Pourya PouryahyaDr Pourya Pouryahya (Senior lecturer; Emergency Medicine Consultant and Director of emergency medicine research ( DEMR), Department of Emergency Medicine, Casey ED) has published multiple case reports and investigated research and initiatives to improve the identification and management of sepsis in EDs and is also examining the incidence and impact of violence against ED staff as well as the utility of Point If Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in EDs.
Julia MorphetDr Julia Morphet (Senior Lecturer Nursing & Midwifery, Monash University; Senior Research Fellow, Emergency Department, Dandenong Hospital). Julia leads two programs of research. The first is focused on health workforce, in particular, preparation for practice, simulation in teaching, transition to speciality practice, and management of occupational violence in healthcare. The second program is focused on the patient experience in the emergency department, in particular, patient flow models. She has had more than 30 research papers published and has supervised 11 students to completion of higher degrees.  Recent publications
Anselm WongAssociate Professor Anselm Wong is a NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow in Emergency Medicine and Toxicology at the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University and an honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is a consultant Toxicologist with the Austin Toxicology Service, Victorian and NSW Poisons Information Centre. He is also an Emergency Physician at Austin Health. Anselm completed a PhD on the management and risk prediction of paracetamol overdose. Anselm's Toxicology research interests include paracetamol poisoning management and risk prediction, drug trials, biomarker research, drug pharmacokinetics in poisoning, epidemiological studies and global toxicology education.  Recent publications
robert-seithAdjunct Lecturer
Dr Robert Seith
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adam-westSenior Lecturer
Director, Paediatric Emergency
Dr Adam West
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Chhavi BhatResearch & Development Manager
Dr Chhavi Raj Bhatt, PhD (Epidemiology)
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Adjunct Associate Professor

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