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Sunshine Children’s Emergency Department is actively participating in research and also part of Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT).

What's On

The Essential Concussion Study

Concussion Essentials Study  (commenced 10 May 2021)

Aim of the study? 
The Concussion Essentials Study is run by the Take CARe (Concussion Assessment and Recovery) research team at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
The overall focus of the Take CARe team is to improve treatment and recovery for children who have experienced a head injury.
Study team would like to find out whether treatment that is tailored to a child’s persisting post-concussion symptoms can help speed up their recovery.

Referral link click Here

Further info here

Confidence around Child and Adolescent Acute Mental Health Presentations to Sunshine Children's ED


Many clinicians find acute mental health in ED challenging, but this has never been studied specifically in paediatric ED.

We want to see if these teaching sessions improve clinicians’ confidence in this area.

Ultimately, we’d like to improve how we deliver mental health training to ED staff.


We are involving all clinicians working at SHED KIDS in Term 1 and 2 2022 to participate in the study.


-Initial online survey – email invitation will be sent
-Attendance at the Wednesday registrar CAPS teaching sessions (recordings can also be accessed online)
-Short online feedback after each session
-3-month follow-up online survey
-6-month follow-up online survey
Any questions? Please contact or

The CAT-PD Study

Dear Paediatric Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to participate in ‘Clinical staff’s ATtitudes to Procedural Discomfort (Intraosseous Needle Insertion): The CAT-PD Study’ by completing a brief anonymous online survey (5 minutes).*

As paediatric emergency clinical staff, we have several procedures. and tools available to us for use in the critically unwell child. Some of these are skills that we use on a daily basis. Others, like the insertion of an intraosseous needle, are rarely required. For this reason, our comfort and knowledge around using this potentially lifesaving procedure may be a barrier to its use when required.

With this study, we aim to determine the attitudes and perceptions of paediatric emergency staff  (medical and nursing) in regard to the use of IO in children. The findings will be used to create and develop training opportunities and to mitigate barriers to the use of intraosseous access in paediatric emergency.

You can access the survey by clicking on the this link.

If you have any questions about the study please contact:

Dr. Doris Tham or

Dr. Jenna Pyper or

Dr. Alyah Seif  

Thank you. 

Kind regards,

The Cat PD study team



Coming Up

Head injury Advise

Research Update

New Head Injury Guideline

Previous Research Projects

PREDICT Project KIDS NOT OKAY: Delphi Study

Are you interested in improving the care of children and young people attending the ED with mental health concerns?

We want  your personal input and opinions to help design future research projects to improve the care we provide for children and young people below 18 years of age

How can you help as a clinician working at SHED KIDS?

  • Please consider participating by completing the email survey to be sent to you. If you haven’t received it, please contact Doris (Paed ED consultant)
  • Please invite patients and families who presented to ED with mental health concerns to participate in this study. They can fill in their details using the link in via the attached QR code.


SHED KIDS Kids Not Okay - Delphi

patient information : link here

Patient information (with Intellectual Disability): link here


(1) Recruitment (within ED, hospital clinics, etc) and survey round 1: 2nd May to 5th July 2022

(2) Stop recruitment and closing survey 1. 6th July 2022

­(3) Analysis of survey round 1: 6th July to 3rd August 2022

(4) Survey round 2 distributed by email: Planning for 4th August (followed by reminders). Closes 2 months later.

(5) Survey round 2 analysis and development of survey round 3. October.

(6) Survey round 3 distributed – late October / early November (followed by reminders). Closes 1 month afterwards 


Nitrous Oxide Staff Surveillance (Survey Closed)

A survey across multiple different staff groups about the use of nitrous oxide. Even if you don’t use nitrous oxide, your response as someone who works in an area that uses nitrous oxide is valuable.

The survey is expected to take 5-10 minutes to complete. It is an anonymous survey and your responses will not be able to be linked to you. It will be open for another two weeks and one further reminder email will be sent during this time. (end of July 2022)

Participant Information Statement here

If you have any questions, please contact