Associate Professor Kate Curtis
M02 - Mallett St Campus
Kate Curtis is an internationally respected trauma nurse and researcher with a special interest in trauma models of care, trauma nursing and financial aspects of trauma systems.
She completed her PhD at the University of NSW in 2006, investigating the role and impact of the trauma case manager. This was the first time the effect this role has on trauma patient outcomes had been investigated and this research has since been used to implement the trauma case management model of care in other Australian Trauma Centres. Other projects have examined the financial cost of the major trauma patient to trauma centres and the impact of a dedicated trauma admitting service on patient outcomes.
Kate has worked in aged care, general medical/surgical, mental health and after a four-year stint in the Emergency Department at Westmead Hospital, she became the Trauma Clinical Nurse Consultant at St George Hospital in 1998. She joined the University of Sydney in 2008, works regularly as a registered nurse in Wollongong Emergency Department, and has a passion for Emergency and Trauma Nursing. In 2010 Kate was appointed as an Honorary Professorial Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, as well as a Conjoint Associate Professor with the St George Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine at the University of NSW and in 2013, Visiting Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, England.
Kate is committed to the development of Emergency Nurses and has had a long relationship with the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA), convening their international conferences in 2003 and 2005, and as Scientific Co-Convenor in 2010. She is on the editorial board of the Australasian Emergency Nurses Journal, a reviewer for Injury and an editor of the textbook Emergency and Trauma Care, for nurses and paramedics, the first and only Australian text of its kind.[Hide detail]
trauma models of care
financial aspects of trauma systems
MPhil Co-supervisor Matthew Dutton: Exploring the Role of the Wound Care Clinical Nurse Consultant in a Tertiary Referral Hospital
Master's (Research) Co-supervisor, Medicine (St George Clinical School) Lynsey Willenberg: The cost of road trauma in NSW
MN (Hons) Co-Supervisor Elizabeth Leonard: Relationship between alcohol consumption and outcome in major trauma (completed)
PhD Supervisor Belinda Munroe: Evaluation of an emergency nursing assessment framework
PhD Co-supervisor Rebekah Ogilvie: Life threatening injury in young people: A mixed methods study
PhD Co-supervisor Taneal Wiseman: Depression, Anxiety and Stress in Major trauma patients
MPhil Co-supervisor Belinda Kennedy: What makes an Emergency Nurse? Exploring the relationship between personality type and length of service within emergency nursing
Areas of teaching
Sydney Nursing School Post-registration Critical Care Program:
Trauma Nursing Program Instructor -- The purpose of the program is to improve the knowledge and skills of nurses caring for trauma patients in emergency departments, intensive care and wards and to improve the health outcomes of patients suffering trauma.
Nursing courses in SES Local Health Network District -- Coordinate and teach on several courses. These course are interactive, provide clinical updates and a more advanced level of clinical skills. Courses include:
Advanced trauma nursing
Trauma Nursing on the Ward
Fortnightly ward or Emergency Department in-services