Dr Lisa Sharwood
PhD MPH GradDip Crit Care BN RN
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Medicine, Northern Clinical School
Dr Lisa Sharwood is Research Manager for the NHMRC Partnership Project awarded to A/Prof James Middleton: “Right care, right time, right place: improving outcomes for people with spinal cord injury through early intervention and improved access to specialised care” (“Access to Care” for short). Read more about this exciting study: www.accesstocare.org.au
Lisa came to us from The George Institute for Global Health where she completed her doctoral project, 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.
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; she is the Age Manager for the Under7 Age group, with around 60 little Nippers on the beach every Sunday morning in season!
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
Awards and honours
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
PhD and master's project opportunities
- Improving care standards and costs for spinal trauma patients; Sharwood L; Lifetime Care and Support Authority of NSW/Research Grants.
- 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.