Bright minds gather for research symposium at Auburn Hospital

Auburn Hospital-based researchers Grahame Elder and Sarah Tapp were each recipients of Westmead Reasearch and Education Network grants this year.

Maternal health, kidney disease, chest pain and emergency department ‘frequent flyers’ will be among the topics discussed at the annual Auburn Hospital research symposium tomorrow.

Auburn Hospital clinical services director Dr Mary Boyd-Turner said research at the hospital is growing and strengthening, in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) School of Medicine’s Auburn Clinical School.

“This year Auburn is participating in its first international trial,” Dr Boyd-Turner said.

“Other studies are looking at areas including sterile water injections for back pain during labour, and how redesigning the birth environment could improve outcomes for women and babies.”

The program comprises presentations from the hospital and the university on:

  • Use of the Auburn chest pain pathway in the emergency department: A before and after study
  • The incidence of pre-eclampsia in women receiving antenatal care in the Western Sydney Local Health District and differences between ethnic groups
  • Predicting and treating fracture risk in end-stage kidney disease
  • A scoping review and study proposal to investigate factors affecting frequent use of the emergency department

UNDA medical students, Vlad Danaila and Billie Cordell, and PhD candidate Dr Ziad Al-Rubaie will be among the presenters, as well as emergency department director Dr Romesh Singam, renal physician Dr Ahmed Shahir and renal medicine staff specialist Professor Grahame Elder.

The forum is being held on Wednesday 24 July from 2-3.30pm in Conference Room 1 on Level 5 of Auburn Hospital. RSVP not required.