Karen Smith


BSci(Hons), Grad Cert Exec BA, Grad Dip Epi and Biostats, PhD

Karen Smith is the Manager of Research and Evaluation at Ambulance  Victoria.  She is an epidemiologist with  extensive experience in pre-hospital research and clinical trials. Karen  completed a PhD in 2003 at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine,  Monash University. She was the recipient a NHMRC PhD scholarship and a NHMRC  Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Karen has retained an Honorary Senior Lecturer  position at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.  She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor - Emergency  Medicine Discipline at the University of Western Australia. In addition, she is  a member of the Falck Foundation Medical Advisory Committee, which supports and  promotes pre-hospital research.

Karen co-founded and chairs the Victorian Cardiac Arrest Registry  (VACAR) which contains information for all patients in Victoria, who suffer  cardiac arrest and receive ambulance attendance. This registry is regarded  internationally as a key OHCA quality assurance activity and fosters a large  research program and international collaboration. Karen also co-founded the  Victorian State Trauma Registry (VSTR) at Monash University and remains on the  Steering Committee.  In 2012 she won the  Ambulance Victoria Inaugural CEO Award for Leadership Excellence.

Karen is a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC funded  Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Centre for Research Excellence,  established in 2012. She has also been a Chief Investigator on numerous NHMRC  funded randomised controlled trials in OHCA, heart attack and trauma patients.  She has a significant track record in  attracting research funding and publishing research outcomes.

Karen also supervisors post graduate students, many of whom are paramedics.