The Pre-hospital Emergency Care Australia and New Zealand (PEC-ANZ) group is a National Health and Medical Research funded Centre for Research Excellence (CRE). It involves investigators from Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and across three universities. The aim of the CRE is to provide optimal strategy for health service to deliver "the right care, in the right place, at the right time". PEC-ANZ has four streams, one of which is Behaviours of Concern. Behaviours of Concern includes drug and alcohol use, mental health, homelessness, and agitation. There are a range of quantitative and qualitative projects available that contribute to improving the patient experience in the pre-hospital setting, as well as patient management and outcomes. These projects will involve data collected from ambulance services and emergency department, record linkage to state-level databases, and semi-structured interviews with service providers and users. Projects can be discussed at an individual basis depending on student interest and expertise. The rich datasets available provide a variety of opportunities for analyses, and potentially impactful publications in international journals. It will also entail training in quantitative and qualitative methods, and the opportunity to work with a collaborative group in pre-hospital emergency care across Australia and New Zealand with a supervisor experienced in teaching and mentoring.
agitation, emergency department, pre-hospital care, drug use, mental health
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Masters by research
Top-up scholarship funding available
553 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne (adjacent to The Alfred)