In 2014, the QEMRF Board approved the establishment of the Research Support Network to provide leadership, support and collaborative opportunities for emergency medicine research professionals. The RSN will advance QEMRF’s mission by facilitating an environment that encourages quality emergency medicine research, multi-disciplinary collaboration and translation of new knowledge into better clinical practice in emergencies.
The Research Support Network:
- aims to provide at least six Research Development Manager Positions supplying research support across Queensland public hospitals and emergency services for three years;
- fosters relationships between individuals and teams in an open forum, creating support networks of professionals with a common purpose;
- encourages and supports excellence by coordinating multi-site projects, thereby improving research capacity, productivity, research activity, and research outputs;
- creates opportunities for collaboration amongst emergency medicine researchers across disciplines, Hospitals and Health Services, and research organisations;
- offers centrally-based oversight via QEMRF.
Currently in a pilot phase, three initial hubs are being established to assist in making informed strategic decisions on the roll out of the Research Support Network. The graphic below illustrates how the pilot will operate and the hospitals/institutions involved for this phase. The aim is to expand the network to include additional Queensland Hospital and Health Service sites in the future, including but not limited to:
- North and West Queensland Mt Isa Hospital, Mackay Hospital, The Townsville Hopsital, Cairns Hospital, Rockhampton Hospital
- Brisbane Region QEII Hospital, Redland Bay Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Logan Hospital, The Mater Adult Hospital, Prince Charles Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
- Other Queensland Ambulance Service, Retrieval Services (Queensland Health).
QEMRF acknowledges the support and funding received from the Queensland Government through Queensland Health