Dr Lisa Sharwood

PhD MPH GradDip Crit Care BN RN
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Medicine, Northern Clinical School

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Biographical details

Dr Lisa Sharwood is a post doctoral fellow working within the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, funded predominantly on a large grant from icare. Her primary project is 'CoCOST - Costs of Care of Spinal Trauma', interrogating a large record linked data set, containing all cases of traumatic spinal cord injury from 2013-2016. A prospective cohort is linked within this, for which patients with TSCI were followed from the point of injury and up to 2 years post. This project will this model will provide:

- an accurate description of acute care costs for patients with traumatic spinal cord injury across NSW,

- a clear understanding of the drivers of higher treatment costs in the acute care setting, enabling targeted practice change to reduce those costs which are amenable to change,

- a replicable model enabling similar works to be conducted across other injury groups eg. traumatic brain injury, severe burns, very severe orthopaedic injury.

Lisa conducted her PhD at the George Institute for Global Health, an ARC Linkage funded study on the crash risk of commercial vehicle drivers related to medical conditions, in particular obstructive sleep apnoea, as well as issues such as remuneration and scheduling.

Prior to moving to Sydney, Lisa worked as Research Coordinator for the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in the Emergency Department research group and before this at the Monash University Accident Research Centre on a variety of real world crash investigation projects while completing her Masters in Public Health. Her interest in injury prevention and health care outcomes research originally germinated from a clinical career as a Critical Care nurse; spent predominantly in the trauma services at The Alfred hospital, Melbourne, as well as several countries overseas, with some work additionally in developing countries.

Research interests

I am passionate about injury research – from epidemiology and prevention, treatment, the health service response to the injured person, the outcomes for the patient, how are health system affects this and in particular what all of this costs.

I am also an active member of Clovelly Surf Lifesaving Club; and an Age Manager in Nippers.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Improving Care Standards and Costs for Spinal Trauma Patients Bharat VAIKUNTAM

Current projects

From a background as a Critical Care Nurse at the forefront of trauma care, I progressed into injury research firstly involved in road accident investigations where we studied patient injuries and contextualised crash scenarios with further information from vehicle and environment examinations as well as the human factors perspective. This piqued my passion to ‘do more’ in injury scenarios – not only towards prevention but also the care of injuries in a given health service, to ensure the best outcomes for the patient regardless. My doctoral studies developed my experience further and since then my research has predominantly focussed on health services for injury management and patient outcomes. Adding health economics to my skill set is also part of my current granted projects, and I am excited to be working with government bodies and key stakeholders in doing this. I aim to use my research findings to drive policy change for the betterment of the healthcare system to care for patients with traumatic injury. I have so far been successful in being named principal investigator on three research grants

Associations

Member - Deputy Chairs (Ethics) Review Committee (2015 ongoing)
• Reviewer – Ramsay Research and Teaching Travel Awards (2014 ongoing)
• Reviewer – Ramsay Research and Teaching Project Grants (2015 ongoing)
• Organiser – Monthly Staff Research Forum (John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation)
• Reviewer – Journals: Injury Prevention, BMJ, BMC Public Health, Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, Emergency Medicine Journal, Neural Regeneration Research.

Awards and honours

Jun 2016 Early Career Researcher Overseas Travel Grant –Sydney University Medical School - $2500

Jun 2016 Ramsay Health Foundation International Travel Award - $1500

Nov 2014 Travel Grant in memory of Rosalind Nicholson – Spinal Cord Injury Network $1500

Nov 2013 John Chalmers Doctoral Award – best PhD student paper across The George Institute for Global Health – in four countries - $500

Dec 2011 Sydney University Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation & Development Program Writing Award – winner - $500

Nov 2011 Australian Injury Prevention Network Student Writing Competition - $500

July 2011 Sydney University Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) funding awarded to support attendance and presentation to the Injury Prevention conference - $800

July 2009 Sydney University Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) funding for the purchase of a laptop computer for study field work – $1000

In the media

April 2012 Press Release** for publication in journal of Sleep

Media radio interviews: local ABC Radio Stations in - Broken Hill, Alice Springs, Darwin, Adelaide, Orange/Western NSW Region, Cairns, Gold Coast and Perth

** picked up nationally and internationally by sources such as various road safety websites, ‘truckers’ websites and online magazines

April 2012 ‘Driver Safety’ with Russell White weekly radio segment – keynote interviewee

4BC Radio Brisbane

May 2012 Keynote speaker at Australian Truckers Association annual convention – Driver Health and Sleep Apnea - media following that – both onsite and on radio

Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney

August 2012 Invited keynote speaker at Ministerial Breakfast hosted by the Australian Truckers Association – “Truck Driver Health and Sleep Apnea” (39 Ministers in attendance including Minister for Transport and Shadow Minister for Transport), Parliament House, Canberra

August 2012 WIN News Interview – see http://youtu.be/ODrUvhoImrg.

March 2012 Press Release by BMJ and The George Institute publication in BMJ. Extensive media reporting of this nationally and internationally:

- Articles in the NY Times, French Tribune, Arab Times, TopNews Arab Emirates, Men’s Health Magazine, BBC News, BBC twitter, Metro, Times of India, New Zealand Herald, Spanish News (article found written in Spanish), Metro, i09.com

Current Research Grants
Sharwood LN
“Improving Care Standards and Costs for Spinal Trauma Patients.”
$330,610 (2016-18) Lifetime Care and Support Authority of NSW
Sharwood LN, Middleton JW, Ball J, Rigby O.
“Improving Care Standards and Costs for Spinal Trauma Patients Across NSW.”
$75,000 (2016-17) Ramsay Research and Teaching Fund 2015
Sharwood LN
“Defining Best Practice Standards for spinal trauma patients and identifying barriers or facilitators to their adherence.”
$25,000 (2015-16) Sydney Medical School, Early Career Researcher grant

Selected grants

2016

  • Improving care standards and costs for spinal trauma patients; Sharwood L; Lifetime Care and Support Authority of NSW/Research Grants.

2015

  • Defining Best Practices Standards for Spinal Trauma Patients and Identifying Barriers or Facilitators to their Adherence: A pilot program; Sharwood L; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Sharwood, L., Stanford, R., Middleton, J., Burns, B., Joseph, A., Flower, O., Rigby, O., Ball, J., Dhaliwal, S. (2017). Improving care standards for patients with spinal trauma combining a modified e-Delphi process and stakeholder interviews: A study protocol. BMJ Open, 7(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Battistuzzo, C., Armstrong, A., Clark, J., Worley, L., Sharwood, L., Lin, P., Rooke, G., Skeers, P., Nolan, S., Geraghty, T., Middleton, J., et al (2016). Early decompression following cervical spinal cord injury: examining the process of care from accident scene to surgery. Journal of Neurotrauma, 33(12), 1161-1169. [More Information]
  • Middleton, J., Sharwood, L., Cameron, P., Middleton, P., Harrison, J., Brown, D., McClure, R., Smith, K., Muecke, S., Healy, S. (2014). Right care, right time, right place: improving outcomes for people with spinal cord injury through early access to intervention and improved access to specialised care: study protocol. BMC Health Services Research, 14(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Stevenson, M., Elkington, J., Sharwood, L., Meuleners, L., Ivers, R., Boufous, S., Williamson, A., Haworth, N., Quinlan, M., Grunstein, R., Norton, R., Wong, K. (2014). The Role of Sleepiness, Sleep Disorders, and the Work Environment on Heavy-Vehicle Crashes in 2 Australian States. American Journal of Epidemiology, 179(5), 594-601. [More Information]
  • Elkington, J., Stevenson, M., Haworth, N., Sharwood, L. (2014). Using police crash databases for injury prevention research - A comparison of opt-out and opt-in approaches to study recruitment. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 38(3), 286-289. [More Information]
  • Sharwood, L., Elkington, J., Meuleners, L., Ivers, R., Boufous, S., Stevenson, M. (2013). Use of caffeinated substances and risk of crashes in long distance drivers of commercial vehicles: case-control study. BMJ, 346(7900), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Sharwood, L., Elkington, J., Stevenson, M., Grunstein, R., Meuleners, L., Ivers, R., Haworth, N., Norton, R., Wong, K. (2012). Assessing sleepiness and sleep disorders in Australian long-distance commercial vehicle drivers: self-report versus an "at home" monitoring device. Sleep, 35(4), 469-475. [More Information]
  • Hopper, S., Woo, J., Sharwood, L., Babl, F., Long, E. (2012). Prevalence of suicidality in asymptomatic adolescents in the paediatric emergency department and utility of a screening tool. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 24(5), 540-546. [More Information]
  • Stevenson, M., Sharwood, L., Wong, K., Elkington, J., Meuleners, L., Ivers, R., Grunstein, R., Williamson, A., Haworth, N., Norton, R. (2010). The Heavy Vehicle Study: a case-control study investigating risk factors for crash in long distance heavy vehicle drivers in Australia. BMC Public Health, 10(162), 162-1-162-5. [More Information]
  • Ramaswamy, P., Babl, F., Deasy, C., Sharwood, L. (2009). Pediatric procedural sedation with ketamine: time to discharge after intramuscular versus intravenous administration. Academic Emergency Medicine, 16(2), 101-107. [More Information]
  • Sharwood, L., Babl, F. (2009). The efficacy and effect of opioid analgesia in undifferentiated abdominal pain in children: a review of four studies. Paediatric Anaesthesia, 19(5), 445-451. [More Information]
  • Babl, F., Oakley, E., Sharwood, L. (2009). The utility of nitrous oxide. Emergency Medicine Journal, 26(7), 544-545. [More Information]
  • Babl, F., Oakley, E., Seaman, C., Barnett, P., Sharwood, L. (2008). High-concentration nitrous oxide for procedural sedation in children: adverse events and depth of sedation. Pediatrics, 121(3), e528-532. [More Information]
  • Babl, F., Oakley, E., Puspitadewi, A., Sharwood, L. (2008). Limited analgesic efficacy of nitrous oxide for painful procedures in children. Emergency Medicine Journal, 25(11), 717-721. [More Information]
  • Marasco, S., Sharwood, L., Abramson, M. (2008). No improvement in neurocognitive outcomes after off-pump versus on-pump coronary revascularisation: a meta-analysis. European Journal Of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 33(6), 961-970. [More Information]
  • Babl, F., Sharwood, L. (2008). Research governance: current knowledge among clinical researchers. Medical Journal of Australia, 188(11), 649-652. [More Information]
  • Bevan, C., Babl, F., Bolt, P., Sharwood, L. (2008). The increasing problem of motorcycle injuries in children and adolescents. Medical Journal of Australia, 189(1), 17-20. [More Information]
  • Bolt, P., Barnett, P., Babl, F., Sharwood, L. (2008). Topical lignocaine for pain relief in acute otitis media: results of a double-blind placebo-controlled randomised trial. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 93(1), 40-44. [More Information]

2017

  • Sharwood, L., Stanford, R., Middleton, J., Burns, B., Joseph, A., Flower, O., Rigby, O., Ball, J., Dhaliwal, S. (2017). Improving care standards for patients with spinal trauma combining a modified e-Delphi process and stakeholder interviews: A study protocol. BMJ Open, 7(1), 1-6. [More Information]

2016

  • Battistuzzo, C., Armstrong, A., Clark, J., Worley, L., Sharwood, L., Lin, P., Rooke, G., Skeers, P., Nolan, S., Geraghty, T., Middleton, J., et al (2016). Early decompression following cervical spinal cord injury: examining the process of care from accident scene to surgery. Journal of Neurotrauma, 33(12), 1161-1169. [More Information]

2014

  • Middleton, J., Sharwood, L., Cameron, P., Middleton, P., Harrison, J., Brown, D., McClure, R., Smith, K., Muecke, S., Healy, S. (2014). Right care, right time, right place: improving outcomes for people with spinal cord injury through early access to intervention and improved access to specialised care: study protocol. BMC Health Services Research, 14(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Stevenson, M., Elkington, J., Sharwood, L., Meuleners, L., Ivers, R., Boufous, S., Williamson, A., Haworth, N., Quinlan, M., Grunstein, R., Norton, R., Wong, K. (2014). The Role of Sleepiness, Sleep Disorders, and the Work Environment on Heavy-Vehicle Crashes in 2 Australian States. American Journal of Epidemiology, 179(5), 594-601. [More Information]
  • Elkington, J., Stevenson, M., Haworth, N., Sharwood, L. (2014). Using police crash databases for injury prevention research - A comparison of opt-out and opt-in approaches to study recruitment. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 38(3), 286-289. [More Information]

2013

  • Sharwood, L., Elkington, J., Meuleners, L., Ivers, R., Boufous, S., Stevenson, M. (2013). Use of caffeinated substances and risk of crashes in long distance drivers of commercial vehicles: case-control study. BMJ, 346(7900), 1-7. [More Information]

2012

  • Sharwood, L., Elkington, J., Stevenson, M., Grunstein, R., Meuleners, L., Ivers, R., Haworth, N., Norton, R., Wong, K. (2012). Assessing sleepiness and sleep disorders in Australian long-distance commercial vehicle drivers: self-report versus an "at home" monitoring device. Sleep, 35(4), 469-475. [More Information]
  • Hopper, S., Woo, J., Sharwood, L., Babl, F., Long, E. (2012). Prevalence of suicidality in asymptomatic adolescents in the paediatric emergency department and utility of a screening tool. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 24(5), 540-546. [More Information]

2010

  • Stevenson, M., Sharwood, L., Wong, K., Elkington, J., Meuleners, L., Ivers, R., Grunstein, R., Williamson, A., Haworth, N., Norton, R. (2010). The Heavy Vehicle Study: a case-control study investigating risk factors for crash in long distance heavy vehicle drivers in Australia. BMC Public Health, 10(162), 162-1-162-5. [More Information]

2009

  • Ramaswamy, P., Babl, F., Deasy, C., Sharwood, L. (2009). Pediatric procedural sedation with ketamine: time to discharge after intramuscular versus intravenous administration. Academic Emergency Medicine, 16(2), 101-107. [More Information]
  • Sharwood, L., Babl, F. (2009). The efficacy and effect of opioid analgesia in undifferentiated abdominal pain in children: a review of four studies. Paediatric Anaesthesia, 19(5), 445-451. [More Information]
  • Babl, F., Oakley, E., Sharwood, L. (2009). The utility of nitrous oxide. Emergency Medicine Journal, 26(7), 544-545. [More Information]

2008

  • Babl, F., Oakley, E., Seaman, C., Barnett, P., Sharwood, L. (2008). High-concentration nitrous oxide for procedural sedation in children: adverse events and depth of sedation. Pediatrics, 121(3), e528-532. [More Information]
  • Babl, F., Oakley, E., Puspitadewi, A., Sharwood, L. (2008). Limited analgesic efficacy of nitrous oxide for painful procedures in children. Emergency Medicine Journal, 25(11), 717-721. [More Information]
  • Marasco, S., Sharwood, L., Abramson, M. (2008). No improvement in neurocognitive outcomes after off-pump versus on-pump coronary revascularisation: a meta-analysis. European Journal Of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 33(6), 961-970. [More Information]
  • Babl, F., Sharwood, L. (2008). Research governance: current knowledge among clinical researchers. Medical Journal of Australia, 188(11), 649-652. [More Information]
  • Bevan, C., Babl, F., Bolt, P., Sharwood, L. (2008). The increasing problem of motorcycle injuries in children and adolescents. Medical Journal of Australia, 189(1), 17-20. [More Information]
  • Bolt, P., Barnett, P., Babl, F., Sharwood, L. (2008). Topical lignocaine for pain relief in acute otitis media: results of a double-blind placebo-controlled randomised trial. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 93(1), 40-44. [More Information]

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