NSLHD News January 29

RNSH Emergency Department Research Unit The emergency department (ED) at Royal North Shore Hospital is one of the busiest

EDs in NSW, seeing over 90,000 patients per year. The RNSH ED Research Unit is tasked with performing medical research on the wide spectrum of patients who walk through its doors. It is headed by Associate Professor Mark Gillett who oversees a research team including a project support officer, 20 research volunteers and doctors/ nurses/medical students/PhD students from the ED, many other disciplines at RNSH and researchers from other hospitals, interstate and overseas. “Our team of 20-25 research volunteers are a varied group of students and retirees who generously give their time to both recruit and provide follow up for our studies,” A/ Prof Gillett said. “Many areas of emergency medicine still remain under of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day Honours. Dr Van Nunen was recognised for her service to medicine, particularly to clinical immunology and allergy. Up until last year, she was a senior staff specialist with the Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and was previously the head of the department of allergy

Some of those involved in the ED Research Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital

researched. However, the ED is an area of medicine that demands high quality medical research in order to provide better treatment for the patients who attend there. “ Currently RNSH ED is running over 20 research projects in areas such as bicycle injuries; musculoskeletal injuries including back/neck/knee pain; pain relief in fractures; use of diagnostic ultrasound in EDs and many other areas. In the past three years, the research group has published over 20 scientific journal practice, Dr van Nunen is also a Visiting Medical Officer at Northern Beaches Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor of the Northern Clinical School of Sydney She is well known for her research into tick-induced allergies and holds a number of positions including a member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Medical School at the University of Sydney.

papers. “The ED is a difficult area of the hospital in which to perform research due to the large patient numbers, their high medical acuity and the need for research funding, ,” A/Prof Gillett said. “We are always looking for support in order to carry on the research we are currently conducting.” To find out more, or to find out how to donate to ED research, contact Associate Professor Mark Gillett at mgillett@med.usyd.edu.au

Former staff member named in Australia day Honours Former Royal North Shore immunologist, Dr Sheryl van Nunen has received a Medal from 1985 to 2012. Now working in private

a member of the National Asthma Council and a reviewer for the Therapeutics Goods Administrations since 1995.



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