Dr Lisa Sharwood

PhD MPH GradDip Crit Care BN RN
Injury Epidemiologist / Expert Witness
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Medicine, Northern Clinical School

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Biographical details

Dr Lisa Sharwood is an injury epidemiologist and post doctoral fellow working within the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, and Sydney Medical School. Dr Sharwood has significant experience as a clinician in acute care / trauma settings both nationally and internationally, and uses this to inform her research using big data to understand traumatic injury epidemiology, care pathways and costs within our health service and outcomes in relation to this. She has lead several large multi-state research projects to successful completion, using findings where possible to inform the public of risk and relevant stakeholders of their need to change practice or policy.

Lisa is a sought after Expert Witness in injury litigation cases in the courts of NSW, providing expert report and testimony regarding a range of injuries, their occurrence, the related standards and legislation that apply in each case.

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.

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 for Nippers.

Teaching and supervision

  • Tutor – Stage 3 Year 3 Population Medicine (2018)
  • Examiner - Evidenced Based Medicine Stage 2 Medical Students (2017-18)
  • PPD Portfolio Interviewer – Stage 1 and 2 Medical students (2016)
  • Summer Research Scholarships students (2 x supported project students 2016, 1 in 2017)

Current research students

Project title Research student
Economic impacts of deviation from best practice care standards for patients with traumatic spinal cord injury 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 – Modifications Review (Ethics ) Committee (2015 ongoing)
  • Associate Editor – BMC Health Services Research Journal (2016 ongoing)
  • Australian Standards Committee - CS-005 Children's playgrounds and surfacing - University of Sydney Endorsed Member (2016 ongoing)
  • Reviewer – Ramsay Research and Teaching Travel Awards (2015 / 2016)
  • Reviewer – Ramsay Research and Teaching Project Grants (2015 / 2016 / 2017)
  • Convener – Monthly Staff Research Forum John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation (2015-17)
  • Reviewer – Journals: Injury Prevention, BMJ, BMJ Open, BMC Public Health, Open Journal of
  • Preventive Medicine, Emergency Medicine Journal, Neural Regeneration Research

Member – Modifications Review (Ethics ) Committee (2015 ongoing)
 Associate Editor – BMC Health Services Research Journal (2016 ongoing)
 Australian Standards Committee - CS-005 Children's playgrounds and surfacing - University of
Sydney Endorsed Member (2016 ongoing)
 Reviewer – Ramsay Research and Teaching Travel Awards (2015 / 2016)
 Reviewer – Ramsay Research and Teaching Project Grants (2015 / 2016 / 2017)
 Convener – Monthly Staff Research Forum John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation (2015-17)
 Reviewer – Journals: Injury Prevention, BMJ, BMJ Open, BMC Public Health, Open Journal of
 Preventive Medicine, Emergency Medicine Journal, Neural Regeneration ResearchMember – Modifications Review (Ethics ) Committee (2015 ongoing)
 Associate Editor – BMC Health Services Research Journal (2016 ongoing)
 Australian Standards Committee - CS-005 Children's playgrounds and surfacing - University of
Sydney Endorsed Member (2016 ongoing)
 Reviewer – Ramsay Research and Teaching Travel Awards (2015 / 2016)
 Reviewer – Ramsay Research and Teaching Project Grants (2015 / 2016 / 2017)
 Convener – Monthly Staff Research Forum John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation (2015-17)
 Reviewer – Journals: Injury Prevention, BMJ, BMJ Open, 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
  • Jun 2016 Ramsay Health Foundation International Travel Award
  • Nov 2014 Travel Grant in memory of Rosalind Nicholson – Spinal Cord Injury Network
  • Nov 2013 John Chalmers Doctoral Award – best PhD student paper across The George Institute for Global Health – in four countries
  • Dec 2011 Sydney University Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation & Development Program Writing Award – winner
  • Nov 2011 Australian Injury Prevention Network Student Writing Competition
  • July 2011 Sydney University Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) funding awarded to support attendance and presentation to the Injury Prevention conference
  • July 2009 Sydney University Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) funding for the purchase of a laptop computer for study field work

In the media

  • Media Release for ANZJPH and The Conversation publications on Trampoline Park
    Injuries.
  • International Media Release by BMJ and media release by The George Institute for:
    ‘Sharwood LN, Elkington J, Meuleners L, Ivers R, Boufous S, Stevenson M.
  • Media release by Australian Truckers Association announcing my keynote – “Truck
    Driver Health and Sleep Apnea”
  • Media Release for publication in journal of Sleep (from The George Institute)
  • Media release by Australian Truckers Association announcing my keynote at annual
    convention – Driver Health and Sleep Apnea

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., Adams, S., Blaszkow, T., Eager, D. (2018). Increasing injuries as trampoline parks expand within Australia: a call for mandatory standards. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 42(2), 153-156. [More Information]
  • Sharwood, L., Eager, D., Adams, S. (2018). Without mandatory safety standards, indoor trampoline parks are an accident waiting to happen. The Conversation, (Feb-15). [More Information]
  • 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]
  • Oteir, A., Smith, K., Stoelwinder, J., Middleton, J., Cox, S., Sharwood, L., Jennings, P. (2017). Prehospital Predictors of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in Victoria, Australia. Prehospital Emergency Care, 21(5), 583-590. [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. EMA - 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]

2018

  • Sharwood, L., Adams, S., Blaszkow, T., Eager, D. (2018). Increasing injuries as trampoline parks expand within Australia: a call for mandatory standards. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 42(2), 153-156. [More Information]
  • Sharwood, L., Eager, D., Adams, S. (2018). Without mandatory safety standards, indoor trampoline parks are an accident waiting to happen. The Conversation, (Feb-15). [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]
  • Oteir, A., Smith, K., Stoelwinder, J., Middleton, J., Cox, S., Sharwood, L., Jennings, P. (2017). Prehospital Predictors of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in Victoria, Australia. Prehospital Emergency Care, 21(5), 583-590. [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. EMA - 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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