Pre-Hospital, Emergency and Trauma Research

Belinda Gabbe

The Pre-hospital, Emergency and Trauma Unit is headed by Professor Belinda Gabbe and is a rapidly growing research unit. The unit is responsible for a number of leading clinical quality registries including the Victorian State Trauma Outcomes Registry Monitoring Group (VSTORM), the Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry (VOTOR) and the Burns Registry of Australia and New Zealand (BRANZ). These registries play an important role in the health system and involve high-level interaction with senior industry, government, medical specialists and other professional and academic personnel. The unit also manages the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (Aus-ROC), the NHMRC funded RINSE trial (The rapid infusion of cold normal saline by paramedics during CPR) and the Safe Emergency Elderly Discharge (SEED) project funded by an Alfred Health Research Grant.


Professor Belinda Gabbe BPhysio, GradDip(Biostatistics), MAppSc, PhD, NHMRC CDF.


Please direct all enquiries to the unit Senior Project Manager, Ms Mimi Morgan, who can be contacted on 9903 0996 or via email at


The unit has more than thirty dedicated specialist medical, academic and professional staff, and postgraduate students undertaking a variety of study programs. Our expertise include data management, epidemiology, injury prevention, pre-hospital care and emergency and trauma research.


Research Projects

To find out more about the clinical quality registries or research projects please see below:

Victorian State Trauma Outcomes Registry and Monitoring (VSTORM)

Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry (VOTOR)

Burns Registry of Australia and New Zealand (BRANZ)

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Lower Limb Trauma (HOLLT)

Rapid Infusion of Cold Normal Saline (RINSE)

Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (Aus-ROC)

Safe Elderly Emergency Discharge (SEED)

Improving Outcomes for People with Spinal Cord Injury (Access to Care)

Improving the measurement of non-fatal injury burden - validating the GBD methods (Injury Vibes)

REDIRECT: Reducing older patients' avoidable presentations for emergency care treatment


How R U? HOspital and patients WoRking in Unity

EEDRa: Elderly ED Re-attendance

Outcomes after serious injury: What is the recovery trajectory and how do the priorities for treatment and disability services change over time? (RESTORE)

Rate, type and cost of complications experienced by spinal cord injury patients: Usage of linked data sources (ISCRR)

Australian Trauma Registry (ATR)

Developing a community based Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Education Program

The impact of the FAST stroke awareness campaigns on emergency health care utilisation.

Use of ambulance for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in residential aged care facilities (RACF) - a good use of service or a service well-used?

Post Resuscitation Care in Victoria understanding current practice to improve outcomes for out of hospital cardiac arrest patients

Reduction of oxygen after cardiac arrest (The EXACT Trial)

Bladder management post spinal cord injury in the community

Evaluation of the implementation of a new model of bladder management care at the Victorian Spinal Cord Service


The Pre-hospital, Emergency and Trauma Unit staff have had articles published in many leading medical journals, including The Lancet and Annals of Internal Medicine. Please select from the year groupings below to see a full list of publications.