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The University Hospital Geelong Emergency Department research team has been involved in a wide range of clinical and systems based research around emergency department care over many years. Multisite and collaborative studies have been undertaken investigating both acute emergencies, diagnostics, treatments and public health issues around emergency presentations.

A wide range of methodologies have been employed in previous and current research including quantitative as well as qualitative and mixed methodology approaches. The wide range of clinical care provided in the University Hospital Geelong Emergency Department has lent itself to a broad range of clinical, translational and systems care research with multiple internal and external collaborations to broaden the scope of research outside of local emergency care.

The early uptake of new modalities of care, systems approaches and models of supervision has also been a consistent theme of the emergency department and is reflected in the research undertaken both in the past and currently. Increasing participation in larger collaborative clinical research projects is an ongoing focus.

Research Areas

Collaborating Organisations

Ambulance Victoria 

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine AFL 


Deakin University Epworth HealthCare


Regional healthcare groups including South West Healthcare and Colac Area Health  St John of God Health Care 


Research Team

Research Staff

We have a whole of department approach to research with many contributors from medical, nursing and other clinical groups. Key contributors include:

Research News

Research Grants

  • NHMRC - Driving Change: 2018-2020
  • NHMRC - The Kids Are Not OK: 2019-2021
  • AFL - Injury profiles of female Australian Rules Football players: a survey of Geelong and South-Western Victoria: 2019-2021

Featured Publications

Why do ‘fast track’ patients stay more than four hours in the emergency department? an investigation of factors that predict length of stay. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Gill SD, Lane SE, Sheridan M, Ellis E, Smith D, Stella J. Emerg Med Australas. 2018;30: 641-647.

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Consumer preferences regarding physiotherapy practitioners and nurse practitioners in emergency departments – a qualitative investigation. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract].  Gill SD, Stella J, McManus L. J Interprof Care. 2018;33: 209-215.

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Cancer diagnosed in the emergency department of a regional health service. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Rogers MJ, Matheson LM, Garrard B, Mukaro V, Riches S, Sheridan M, Ashley D, Pitson G. Aust J Rural Health. 2016;24: 409-414.

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Management of mental health patients in Victorian emergency departments: A 10 year follow-up study. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Alarcon Manchego P, Knott J, Graudins A, Bartley B, Mitra B. Emerg Med Australas. 2015;27: 529-536.

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Australasian disasters of national significance: An epidemiological analysis, 1900-2012. Bradt DA, Bartley B, Hibble BA, Varshney K. Emerg Med Australas. 2015;27: 132-138.

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A prospective observational study of prevalence and outcomes of patients with gold standard framework criteria in a tertiary regional australian hospital. [NOTE – Abstract only, Barwon Health staff can request full text from Library]. Milnes S, Orford NR, Berkeley L, Lambert N, Simpson N, Elderkin T, Corke C, Bailey M. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2015;9: 92-99.

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Prospective observational study of emergent endotracheal intubation practice in the intensive care unit and emergency department of an Australian regional tertiary hospital. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Phillips L, Orford N, Ragg M. Emerg Med Australas. 2014;26: 368-375.

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Implementation and performance evaluation of an emergency department primary practitioner physiotherapy service for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Gill SD, Stella J. Emerg Med Australas. 2013;25: 558-564.

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Introduction of a prehospital critical incident monitoring System—Final results. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Stella J, Bartley B, Jennings P. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2010;25: 515-520.

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Use of ultrasound to facilitate accurate femoral nerve block in the emergency department. Reid N, Stella J, Ryan M, Ragg M. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Emerg Med Australas. 2009;21: 124-130.

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Support Our Research

Participate in a clinical trial

To find out about clinical trials currently underway at Barwon Health, click here.


Clinical trials require ongoing investment and there are several ways to support this amazing work.

You can make a donation today and contribute to an item on our research wish list, consider a bequest in your will, or establish a lasting legacy fund in your name. No matter what size, your philanthropic support with deliver an immediate impact.

To donate now or for more information and further discuss your support, please contact the Barwon Health Foundation.

Wish List

  1. Small donations of $1000 up to $5000 would provide hours of nursing support to assist in a number of projects requiring data and coding inputs

  2. Medium donations could provide seed funding for larger projects requiring more input. This could be put towards a number of projects exploring the impact of COVID and lockdown laws on ED presentations. $16000 would create a 0.3 EFT nursing research assistant position for half a year

  3. Larger donations could help fund the ongoing research assistant position with $30000+ funding the research assistant for a year at 0.3+ EFT.

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Last Modified: Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Research Lead


Dr Julian Stella MBBS, FACEM

Head of Research
Emergency Department
University Hospital Geelong
Ryrie St, Geelong Vic 3220