Author Biography

Qualifications BHlthInfoManagement GradCertClinTrials GradDipClinEpi MClinEpi PhD

Background Clinical Epidemiology Public Health Disaster Health and Emergency Preparedness

Current Erin is a Research Fellow and Lecturer with the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice at Monash University. Erin also acts as Course Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate Emergency Health (Disaster Health & Emergency Preparedness) and is Field Coordinator of the Cochrane Collaboration's Prehospital and Emergency Health Field. Erin is Section Editor (Cochrane Corner) of the Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care, and member of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM), Australian College of Ambulance Professionals (ACAP), the Public Health Special Interest Group - Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA), and the Australian Epidemiology Association (AEA).

Interests Disaster Health Emergency Health Emergency Management Emergency Preparedness Community Emergency Public Health Public Health Emergencies

JEPHC PUBLICATIONS EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE Oxygen for reducing nausea and vomiting during emergency ambulance tansportation: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials

CLINICAL PRACTICE Avian Influenza: Clinical and Epidemiological Information for Paramedics and Emergency Healthcare Workers

POLICY AND SERVICE DELIVERY National Disaster Preparedness in Australia Before and After 9/11 Willingness to work during a terrorist attack: A case-study of first responders during the 9/11 World Trade Centre terrorist attacks

COCHRANE CORNER Prophylactic metoclopramide for opioid induced nausea and vomiting following treatment of acute pain in the prehospital setting The development of a prehospital search filter for the Cochrane Library Automatic external defibrillation by first responders for out of hospital cardiac arrest EDITORIALS Proposed Cochrane "Prehospital Care Field"

About Cochrane Corner ACAP ABSTRACTS "Development of a Quality Checklist for Ambulance Trauma Patient Care Records" WEBSITE REVIEWS Using the World Wide Web to access the Cochrane Collaboration and the Cochrane Library


Frank is currently the director of the Monash University Centre for Ambulance and Paramedic Studies. He was previously the State Ambulance Medical Director for Victoria in the Department of Human Services - a position he had held for the previous 20 years. He also has a concurrent appointment as one of the four Medical Directors for the Metropolitan Ambulance Service in Melbourne.

Frank's first contact with the ambulance service was when he was employed as an Ambulance Officer during his long vacations whilst a medical student. He presented his first paper at the First Seminar on the Management of Road Traffic Casualties conducted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1999. The title of his paper was, "Care Before Casualty - Current Shortcomings".

Following his graduation and hospital residencies, Frank combined clinical practice as a general practitioner with (initially) a four year period teaching anatomy to medical students at Monash University and later in a range of appointments within the Ambulance Service. Frank commenced a formal appointment as the "Ambulance Service Medical Officer" in 1976, combining responsibilities primarily for the development of the Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance program in Victoria, within both the Department of Human Services and the Metropolitan Ambulance Service, whilst based at the Ambulance Officers' Training Centre. These concurrent appointments continued until his appointment at Monash University in May 1999.

During these ambulance appointments, Frank has been a member of many teams which have led a series of innovations in ambulance policy, research and development, clinical practice education and operations, many of which have been benchmarks for interstate programs and have attracted international attention.

Frank has post graduate clinical fellowships in general practice, immediate medical care and public health medicine. He is also a member of a number of national and international committees in the area of prehospital care.