Professor Karen Smith

Researcher Profile


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

Prof Smith is the Director of the Centre for Research and Evaluation at Ambulance Victoria (AV). She is an epidemiologist with extensive experience in the epidemiological analysis of patients accessing ambulance care and in the design and implementation of clinical trials. She holds Adjunct Professorial positions with the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and the School of Primary Health Care, Monash University. Professor Smith has attracted over 22 million dollars in competitive grants including 10 NHMRC grants. Prof Smith is a Chief Investigator on two NHMRC funded Centres for Research Excellence (CRE)-the CRE in Prehospital Emergency Care established in 2016 and the Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (AUS-ROC) CRE established in 2012.  Both CREs aim to promote and conduct multicentre clinical research in pre-hospital care with the AUS-ROC CRE focusing specifically on cardiac arrest and resuscitation.

Prof Smith co-founded and chairs the Victorian Cardiac Arrest Registry which contains information for all patients in Victoria, who suffer cardiac arrest and receive ambulance attendance. She also co-founded the Victorian State Trauma Registry at Monash University and sits on the Steering Committee. Prof Smith collaborates extensively with Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Centre on a registry of all drug and alcohol and/or mental health patients attended by Ambulance in Victoria (the “Ambo” Project). She has published over 210 peer reviewed articles. She supervisors multiple post graduate students, many of whom are paramedics.