Associate Professor Kate Curtis

RN, PhD UNSW Ms Nurs BN UOW GradDipCritCare Sydney
Associate Professor

M02A - 88 Mallett Street - Building A
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0604

Biographical details

Kate Curtis is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow at Sydney Nursing School and Clinical Nurse Consultant in Trauma at St George Hospital, Sydney. She is an internationally renowned trauma nurse and researcher with a special interest in trauma models of care, emergency and trauma nursing and financial aspects of trauma systems. Associate Professor Curtis holds a number of additional professional appointments including as a Registered Nurse (since 2002) at the Emergency Department of Wollongong Hospital, Wollongong, Conjoint Associate Professor at St George Clinical School (UNSW), Honorary Professorial Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health and Visiting Associate Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Organisation and Delivery of Care Research Group at the University of Southampton, UK. She is EMST Coordinator at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and for nearly a decade was a Clinical Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Faculty of Nursing Midwifery and Indigenous Health. Associate Professor Curtis has been awarded two highly-competitive NHMRC grants as lead investigator: a 2-year NHMRC TRIP (Translation of Research Into Practice) Grant (2013) – one of just 11 granted to researchers from around country; and a NHMRC Partnership Grant (2014) for her work in the Paediatric Critical Injury Research Program – one of only 8 awarded in Australia. Associate Professor Curtis obtained her Bachelor of Nursing degree at the University of Wollongong and completed a Principles of Emergency Care Certificate at the NSW College of Nursing. She worked as an Emergency Nurse at various hospitals in the Illawarra and Sydney areas. In the interim she obtained postgraduate qualifications in Critical Care Nursing from the University of Sydney, a Masters (Hons) in Nursing (University of Wollongong) and a PhD (UNSW) studying the ‘The impact and relationship of trauma nursing care management intervention on patient outcomes’. This was the first study of the effect of trauma nursing on patient outcomes and the research results have since been used to implement the trauma case management model of care in other trauma centres in Australia and around the world. She joined Sydney Nursing School in 2008 as Clinical Associate Professor. Committing to her passion for clinical nursing, research and mentorship, Associate Professor Curtis has, since the beginning of her career, remained active in clinical practice while pursuing increasingly-senior roles in academia. She says, “I am interested in conducting research that is meaningful and will make a difference to emergency/trauma patients and to those caring for them, in Australia and around the world. I also am passionate about mentoring clinicians to conduct research and translate their research into practice. Being at the coalface is crucial. It facilitates the generation of ideas, fosters good research conduct and enables speedy translation of research evidence into clinical practice. It also helps me to remain accessible to clinicians who are interested in research.” Associate Professor Curtis has a prolific research track record, through extensive publication in peer-reviewed journals, and as author of several book chapters and three books. She has successfully obtained > AUD 2.2 million in grant funding from the NHMRC and other bodies. She is the lead investigator on a 6-year (>AUD 570K) research grant from the Day of Difference Foundation for work on the Paediatric Critical Injury Research Program, and an additional AUD 501K in NHMRC Partnership Grant for one of program’s projects. Additionally, in recognition of her work and penchant for innovation, Associate Professor Curtis is the recipient of numerous awards – including the Nursing and Midwifery Service Award 2014 (part of the St George Hospital Education, Research and Innovation Award). In 2010, Sydney Magazine voted her one of Sydney’s Top 100 most influential people.

Her many additional accolades include EMST Coordinator Award 2013 from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; the Philippa Moore Publication Prize from the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (2012); ‘Best paper’ at several international and national conferences; the 2011 Frank McDermott Award for Excellence and Impact in Trauma Care of Severely Injured Patients in Australia and New Zealand; and South East Sydney Illawarra Health’s Staff Recognition Award for Innovation (2007). Furthermore, Associate Professor Curtis was the first nurse ever to have won the David Sloane Prize for best Speaker at the 9th Annual international Swan Trauma Conference (2001).

Associate Professor Curtis has a long history of service to various professional bodies at the University of Sydney and externally. She is the founder of the Australian Trauma Nurse List, Board Member of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia and member of numerous other professional organisations relating to emergency and trauma nursing. She also has served on several research committees including as Research Co-Chair at the NSW Emergency Care Institute and at the Australasian Trauma Society, and as Co-Chair of the Research Committee at the NSW Institute of Trauma and Injury Management. Since 2007 she has been an Instructor in the Trauma Nurse Program at the College Emergency Nursing Australasia.

Research interests

Associate Professor Curtis has a long-standing interest in clinically-relevant research relating to emergency and trauma nursing and patient care, with a particular interest in trauma models of care, emergency and trauma nursing and financial aspects of trauma systems. “Interdisciplinary collaboration is fundamental to research” says Associate Professor Curtis, and accordingly, she partners with a number of colleagues within the University of Sydney and externally with researchers at the University of Canberra, the University of Southampton, UK and with the Transport Road Safety Centre (UNSW) and the Ambulance Service of NSW.

Examples of some recent projects include her research examining the relationship between mental health (in particular depression, anxiety and stress), and major trauma in patients of an Australian Trauma Centre. The aim of the study is to establish risk factors that will enable early screening and identification of trauma patients who are at risk of developing these alterations in mental health, which in turn will allow for early intervention and monitoring – thereby promoting improved clinical outcomes and patient quality of life. She also is involved in a study entitled ‘Evaluation an emergency nursing assessment framework on patient assessment and documentation’ – the study will assess the application, quality, impact and ease of use of such a framework (HIRAID) by emergency nurses.

Associate Professor Curtis led the ‘Cost of Major Trauma in NSW Project’ (conducted in collaboration with researchers at the George Institute of Global Health and the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney), on economic burden of trauma in NSW. The study aimed to determine the true cost of the acute treatment of trauma (to trauma centres in NSW) and to investigate demographic factors and mechanisms of injury associated with higher treatment costs. The multicentre program demonstrated that AR-DRG classifications do not adequately describe the trauma patient episode and are not commensurate with the expense of trauma treatment. As a result of this study, the NSW Ministry of Health submitted a case to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority to review the cost weights for trauma, which is currently undergoing review by the National Centre for Classification in Health.

Associate Professor Curtis is involved in a number of additional studies including an investigation into the role of the Wound Care Nurse in a tertiary referral center; whether the implementation of a rapid assessment team “ChIP” for blunt thoracic injury patients presenting to the ED reduces complications and improve outcomes; a mixed-methods study on life-threatening injury in young people; the impact of trauma team redesign at a Level 1 Trauma Centre; the profile of rural trauma presentations; whether pre-hospital intubation reduces time to CT imaging in patients with suspected moderate to severe traumatic brain injury; and the impact of trauma nursing roles on patient outcomes.

Additionally, given the high burden of injury-related death and disability in children in Australia, Associate Professor Curtis is heavily involved in a paediatric trauma research. She has developed and leads the Day of Difference Foundation’s Paediatric Critical Injury Research Program, in collaboration with Associate Professor Kim Foster of Sydney Nursing School and Dr Rebecca Mitchell, Senior Research Fellow at Transport and Road Safety Research, UNSW. This program has also received NHMRC Partnership Grant Funding (for the project ‘Evidence to change policy and improve outcomes in children suffering major injury’). The program of research will for the first time, describe the incidence Australia-wide, of major paediatric trauma and will identify the unmet needs of the parents of injured children. This research is considered essential for providing evidence of interventions likely to be most effective in assisting parents of injured children in Australia, to navigate their way through the trauma journey.It is a multi-dimensional seven-stage research program with the intention of providing information with the broadest possible impact. For further information go to http://www.dayofdifference.org.au/our-work/the-paediatric-critical-injury-research-program/

Current projects

Kate's research aims to improve the trauma patient’s experience and clinical outcomes by exploring systems and models of care in trauma with a large network of collaborators. Her program of research is in collaboration with the University of Sydney, the George Institute for Global Health, the Transport and Road Safety Centre, UNSW, NeuroScience Research Australia (NeURA) and the Honda Trauma and Critical Care Research Program (TriCC).

Associations

Australian College of Nursing

Australasian Trauma Society

College Emergency Nursing Australasia, NSW Branch

NSW Nurse’s Association

NSW Trauma Consortium

Society of Trauma Nurses

Awards and honours

Nursing and Midwifery Service Award 2014, St George Hospital Education, Research and Innovation Award

Best paper, 2013, 11th International Conference for Emergency Nurses, 9-12 October, Melbourne

Best paper, 2013, 11th Australasian Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion Conference, 11-13 Nov Fremantle, WA

EMST Coordinator Award 2013, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 25th Anniversary Dinner

Philippa Moore Publication Prize, 2012, College Emergency Nursing Australasia

Frank McDermott Award for Excellence and Impact in Trauma Care of Severely Injured Patients in Australia and New Zealand, 2011, National Trauma Research Institute, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, Australasian Trauma Society

Best paper, 2011. National Trauma Research Institute. 18th – 19th November 2011, Melbourne

Sydney Magazine. Sydney's Top 100 most influential people for 2010, 9 December 2010 – Fairfax

Staff Recognition Award – Innovation, 2007, South East Sydney Illawarra Health

Baxter better health good health care award in the category of better value, 2001. “Trauma Case Management”

David Sloane Prize for best Speaker, 2001 – Title: ‘Episode Funding, Coding and Trauma’, 9th Annual International Swan Trauma Conference.

Keywords

Health services and management; Nursing practice; Emergency; Trauma; Health economics

Selected grants

2015

  • Improving Health Outcomes in Children Suffering Major Injury; Curtis K, Holland A, Mitchell R, Black D, Gruen R, Jan S, Foster K, Duflou J, Rigby O, Burns B; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Partnership Projects.

2014

  • Evidence for policy change and better outcomes for severely injured children; Curtis K, Holland A; Thyne Reid Foundation/Research Grant.
  • ChIP: Improving patient and health service outcomes for trauma patients with blunt chest injury; Curtis K; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship.

2013

  • Improving outpatient pain management; Curtis K, Goldsmith H, Langcake M; Motor Accident Authority of New South Wales/Research Grant.
  • E-Learning to improve trauma care on the wards; Wiseman T, Curtis K, West S; Motor Accident Authority of New South Wales/Research Grant.

2012

  • HiRAID: Evaluation of an emergency nursing assessment framework on patient assessment and documentation: A pilot study; Curtis K, Buckley T; New South Wales Department of Health/Research Support.
  • Establishing a Multidisciplinary Traumatic Injury Research Partnership with the United Kingdom (Southampton and Oxford); Curtis K, Cameron I, Holland A, Ivers R; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2010

  • The cost of major trauma in NSW; Curtis K, Myburgh J, Black D; St George Medical Research Foundation/Establishment Grant - New Investigator.
  • The Cost of Major Trauma in NSW; Curtis K, Myburgh J, Black D; NSW Institute of Trauma and Injury management (ITIM)/Project Grant.

2009

  • Depression , Anxiety and Stress in Major Trauma Patients; Curtis K, Foster -; Australian College of Nursing/The College Consortium of Nursing.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Curtis, K., Ramsden, C., Lord, B. (2011). Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics. Australia: Elsevier.

Edited Books

  • Curtis, K., Ramsden, C., Friendship, J. (2007). Emergency & Trauma Nursing. Australia: Mosby Elsevier.

Book Chapters

  • King, K., Evans, J., Curtis, K. (2011). Abdominal and genitourinary trauma. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Bill Lord (Eds.), Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics, (pp. 1251-1288). Australia: Elsevier.
  • Caldwell, E., Delprado, A., Curtis, K. (2011). Overview of trauma. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Bill Lord (Eds.), Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics, (pp. 1081-1110). Australia: Elsevier.
  • Curtis, K., Patel, L. (2011). Patient assessment and essentials of care. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Bill Lord (Eds.), Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics, (pp. 233-266). Australia: Elsevier.
  • Langcake, M., Curtis, K., Ursic, C. (2011). Thoracic and neck trauma. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Bill Lord (Eds.), Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics, (pp. 1215-1250). Australia: Elsevier.
  • Simpson, J., Curtis, K., Bonner, A., Brooks, A. (2007). Abdominal and genitourinary trauma. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Julie Friendship (Eds.), Emergency & Trauma Nursing, (pp. 823-852). Australia: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Farrow, N., Caldwell, E., Curtis, K. (2007). An overview of trauma. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Julie Friendship (Eds.), Emergency & Trauma Nursing, (pp. 672-692). Australia: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Ramsden, C., Curtis, K., Seggie, J., Braybrooks, L. (2007). Ocular emergencies. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Julie Friendship (Eds.), Emergency & Trauma Nursing, (pp. 527-550). Australia: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Farnsworth, L., Curtis, K. (2007). Patient assessment and essential nursing care. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Julie Friendship (Eds.), Emergency & Trauma Nursing, (pp. 92-113). Australia: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Curtis, K., Ursic, C. (2007). Scoring systems. In Adam Brooks, P. Mahoney, Timothy Hodgetts (Eds.), Churchill's Pocketbook Of Major Trauma: Resuscitation, Diagnosis And Acute Management, (pp. 288-296). United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Ursic, C., Curtis, K. (2007). Thoracic and neck trauma. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Julie Friendship (Eds.), Emergency & Trauma Nursing, (pp. 796-822). Australia: Mosby Elsevier.

Journals

  • Curtis, K., Lam, M., Mitchell, R., Black, D., Taylor, C., Dickson, C., Jan, S., Palmer, C., Langcake, M., Myburgh, J. (2014). Acute costs and predictors of higher treatment costs of trauma in New South Wales, Australia. Injury, 45(1), 279-284. [More Information]
  • Leonard, E., Curtis, K. (2014). Are Australian and New Zealand trauma service resources reflective of the Australasian Trauma Verification Model Resource Criteria? ANZ Journal of Surgery, 84(7-8), 523-527. [More Information]
  • Ogilvie, R., Curtis, K., Palmer, C., Lam, M., McCloughen, A., Foster, K. (2014). Incidence and outcomes of major trauma patients managed in the Australian Capital Territory. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 84(6), 433-437. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Lam, M., Mitchell, R., Dickson, C., McDonnell, K. (2014). Major trauma: the unseen financial burden to trauma centres, a descriptive multicentre analysis. Australian Health Review, 38(1), 30-37. [More Information]
  • Ogilvie, R., Curtis, K., Lam, M., McCloughen, A., Foster, K. (2014). The burden of youth: major traumatic injury in adolescents and young adults managed in the Australian capital territory. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 21(5), 218-227.
  • Curtis, K., Lam, M., Mitchell, R., Black, D., Taylor, C., Dickson, C., Jan, S., Palmer, C., Langcake, M., Myburgh, J. (2014). The injury profile and acute treatment costs of major trauma in older people in New South Wales. Injury. [More Information]
  • Dutton, M., Chiarella, M., Curtis, K. (2014). The role of the wound care nurse: an integrative review. British Journal of Community Nursing, 19(Sup3), S39-S47. [More Information]
  • Mitchell, R., Curtis, K., Holland, A., Balogh, Z., Evans, J., Wilson, K. (2013). Acute costs and predictors of higher treatment costs for major paediatric trauma in New South Wales, Australia. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(7), 557-563. [More Information]
  • McIntosh, A., Curtis, K., Rankin, T., Cox, M., Pang, T., McCrory, P., Finch, C. (2013). Associations between helmet use and brain injuries amongst injured pedal- and motor-cyclists: A case series analysis of trauma centre presentations. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 24(2), 11-20.
  • Mitchell, R., Curtis, K., Chong, S., Holland, A., Sannappa Venkatraman, S., Wilson, K., Cass, D. (2013). Comparative analysis of trends in paediatric trauma outcomes in New South Wales, Australia. Injury, 44(1), 97-103. [More Information]
  • Taylor, C., Curtis, K., Jan, S., Newcombe, M. (2013). Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) over-triage and the financial implications for major trauma centres in NSW, Australia. BMC Emergency Medicine, 13(1), 11. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K. (2013). Injury trends and mortality in adult patients with major trauma in New South Wales (In reply). Medical Journal of Australia, 198(9), 481-481. [More Information]
  • Wiseman, T., Foster, K., Curtis, K. (2013). Mental health following traumatic physical injury: An integrative literature review. Injury, 44(11), 1383-1390. [More Information]
  • Asha, S., Curtis, K., Taylor, C., Kwok, A. (2013). Patient-controlled analgesia compared with interval analgesic dosing for reducing complications in blunt thoracic trauma: a retrospective cohort study. Emergency Medicine Journal, 30(12), 1024-1028. [More Information]
  • Dinh, M., Curtis, K., Ivers, R. (2013). The effectiveness of helmets in reducing head injuries and hospital treatment costs: a multicentre study. Medical Journal of Australia, 198(8), 415-417. [More Information]
  • Munroe, B., Curtis, K., Considine, J., Buckley, T. (2013). The Impact Structured Patient Assessment Frameworks Have on Patient Care: An Integrative Review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22(21-22), 2991-3005. [More Information]
  • Asha, S., Curtis, K., Grant, N., Taylor, C., Lo, S., Smart, R., Compagnoni, K. (2012). Comparison of radiation exposure of trauma patients from diagnostic radiology procedures before and after the introduction of a panscan protocol. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 24(1), 43-51. [More Information]
  • Mitchell, R., Watson, W., Curtis, K., Harris, I., McDougall, P. (2012). Difficulties in establishing long-term trauma outcomes data collections. Could trauma outcomes be routinely monitored in New South Wales, Australia: Piloting a 3 month follow-up? Injury, 43(1), 96-102. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Mitchell, R., Chong, S., Balogh, Z., Reed, D., Clark, P., D'Amours, S., Black, D., Langcake, M., Taylor, C., et al (2012). Injury trends and mortality in adult patients with major trauma in NSW. Medical Journal of Australia, 197(4), 233-237. [More Information]
  • Frydenberg, E., Curtis, K., Chong, S., Poulos, R., Grzebieta, R., Steel, T., Nau, T. (2012). Road trauma, patterns of injury and mortality in an Australian trauma centre. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 23(1), 21-28.
  • Taylor, C., Jan, S., Curtis, K., Tzannes, A., Li, Q., Palmer, C., Dickson, C., Myburgh, J. (2012). The cost-effectiveness of physician staffed Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) transport to a major trauma centre in NSW, Australia. Injury, 43(11), 1843-1849. [More Information]
  • Ogilvie, R., McCloughen, A., Curtis, K., Foster, K. (2012). The experience of surviving life-threatening injury: a qualitative synthesis. International Nursing Review, 59(3), 312-320. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Leonard, E. (2012). The trauma nurse coordinator in australia and new zealand: demographics, role, and professional development. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 19(4), 214-220. [More Information]
  • Willenberg, L., Curtis, K., Taylor, C., Jan, S., Glass, P., Myburgh, J. (2012). The variation of acute treatment costs of trauma in high-income countries. BMC Health Services Research, 12, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Caldwell, E., Delprado, A., Munroe, B. (2012). Traumatic injury in Australia and New Zealand. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 15(1), 45-54. [More Information]
  • Mitchell, R., Curtis, K., Fisher, M. (2012). Understanding Trauma as a Men's Health Issue: Sex Differences in Traumatic Injury Presentations at a Level 1 Trauma Center in Australia. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 19(2), 80-88. [More Information]
  • Dutton, M., Curtis, K. (2012). Well-wound therapy: use of NPWT to prevent laparotomy breakdown. Journal of Wound Care, 21(8), 386-388. [More Information]
  • Clements, A., Curtis, K. (2012). What is the impact of nursing roles in hospital patient resuscitation? Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 15(2), 108-115. [More Information]
  • Munroe, B., Curtis, K. (2011). Assessment, monitoring and emergency nursing care in blunt chest injury: A case study. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 14(4), 257-263. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Dickson, C., Mitchell, R., Black, D., Lam, M. (2011). Do AR-DRGs adequately describe the trauma patient episode in New South Wales, Australia? Health Information Management Journal, 40(1), 7-13. [More Information]
  • Murphy, M., Edwards, C., Seggie, J., Curtis, K. (2011). Emergency Department Trauma Redesign in a Level 1 Trauma Centre. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 14, 50-58. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Olivier, J., Mitchell, R., Cook, A., Rankin, T., Rana, A., Watson, W., Nau, T. (2011). Evaluation of a tiered trauma call system in a level 1 trauma centre. Injury, 42(1), 57-62. [More Information]
  • Wiseman, T., Curtis, K. (2011). Gunshot wounds to the leg causing neurovascular compromise-A case study. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 14, 264-269. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Tzannes, A., Rudge, T. (2011). How to talk to doctors – a guide for effective communication. International Nursing Review, 58(1), 13-20. [More Information]
  • Kourouche, S., Curtis, K., Watson, W., Mitchell, R., Rankin, T., Chong, S. (2011). Identifying Risk and Raising Awareness in Older Person Trauma. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 18(3), 163-170. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Chong, S., Mitchell, R., Newcombe, M., Black, D., Langcake, M. (2011). Outcomes of Severely Injured Adult Trauma Patients in an Australian Health Service: Does Trauma Center Level Make a Difference? World Journal of Surgery, 35(10), 2332-2340. [More Information]
  • Mitchell, R., Williamson, A., Curtis, K. (2011). What is the potential of trauma registry data to be used for road traffic injury surveillance and informing road safety policy? Journal of Safety Research, 42(5), 345-350. [More Information]
  • Mitchell, R., Curtis, K., Watson, W., Nau, T. (2010). Age differences in fall-related injury hospitalisations and trauma presentations. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 29(3), 117-125. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Asha, S. (2010). Blunt cardiac injury as a result of a motor vehicle collision: A case study. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 13, 124-129.
  • Skapetis, T., Curtis, K. (2010). Emergency management of dental trauma. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 13, 30-34. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K. (2010). Emergency nurses Where will we be in 25 years? Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 13, 41.
  • Ursic, C., Curtis, K. (2010). Thoracic and neck trauma. Part four. International Emergency Nursing, 18(4), 177-180. [More Information]
  • Ursic, C., Curtis, K. (2010). Thoracic and neck trauma. Part one. International Emergency Nursing, 18(1), 47-53. [More Information]
  • Ursic, C., Curtis, K. (2010). Thoracic and neck trauma. Part three. International Emergency Nursing, 18(3), 158-165. [More Information]
  • Ursic, C., Curtis, K. (2010). Thoracic and neck trauma. Part two. International Emergency Nursing, 18(2), 99-108. [More Information]
  • Ursic, C., Curtis, K., Zou, Y., Black, D. (2009). Improved trauma patient outcomes after implementation of a dedicated trauma admitting service. Injury, 40, 99-103. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Dickson, C., Black, D., Nau, T. (2009). The cost and compensability of trauma patients. Australian Health Review, 33(1), 84-92. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K. (2009). The cost of major trauma in NSW: implications for health planning. Interview by Judith Kingston. Australian Nursing Journal, 16(9), 35. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Murphy, M., Hoy, S., Lewis, M. (2009). The emergency nursing assessment process - A structured framework for a systematic approach. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 12, 130-136. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Wiseman, T. (2008). Back to Basics - Essential Nursing Care in the ED, Part 2. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 11(2), 95-99. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Wiseman, T. (2008). Back to Basics : Essential Nursing Care in the ED Part One. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 11(1), 49-53. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Donoghue, J. (2008). The Trauma Nurse Coordinator in Australia and New Zealand : A Progress Survey of Demographics, Role Function, and Resources. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 15(2), 34-42. [More Information]
  • Fraser, M., Curtis, K. (2006). A day in the life of a trauma case manager. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 9(2), 73-78. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Zou, Y., Morris, R., Black, D. (2006). Trauma case management: Improving patient outcomes. Injury, 37(7), 626-632. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Nocera, N., Mitten-Lewis, S., Donoghue, J. (2004). The trauma nurse coordinator in Australia: The inaugural national survey of demographics, role function and resources. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 7(1), 29-38.

Conferences

  • Curtis, K., Mitchell, R., Lam, M., Dickson, C. (2014). Activity-based funding and hospitalised trauma: is reimbursement for trauma treatment costs adequate? 2nd International Health Data Linkage Conference 2014, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Ogilvie, R., McCloughen, A., Curtis, K., Foster, K. (2014). Surviving traumatic physical injury: a systematic synthesis of current knowledge. 15th European Congress of Trauma & Emergency Surgery (ESTES) & 2nd World Trauma Congress (WCTC) 2014, Frankfurt, Germany: Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Ogilvie, R., Curtis, K., Palmer, C., Lam, M., McCloughen, A., Foster, K. (2013). Incidence and outcomes of major traumatic injury in he Australian Capital Territory. Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting (CHARM) 2013, Canberra, Australia.

2014

  • Curtis, K., Mitchell, R., Lam, M., Dickson, C. (2014). Activity-based funding and hospitalised trauma: is reimbursement for trauma treatment costs adequate? 2nd International Health Data Linkage Conference 2014, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Curtis, K., Lam, M., Mitchell, R., Black, D., Taylor, C., Dickson, C., Jan, S., Palmer, C., Langcake, M., Myburgh, J. (2014). Acute costs and predictors of higher treatment costs of trauma in New South Wales, Australia. Injury, 45(1), 279-284. [More Information]
  • Leonard, E., Curtis, K. (2014). Are Australian and New Zealand trauma service resources reflective of the Australasian Trauma Verification Model Resource Criteria? ANZ Journal of Surgery, 84(7-8), 523-527. [More Information]
  • Ogilvie, R., Curtis, K., Palmer, C., Lam, M., McCloughen, A., Foster, K. (2014). Incidence and outcomes of major trauma patients managed in the Australian Capital Territory. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 84(6), 433-437. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Lam, M., Mitchell, R., Dickson, C., McDonnell, K. (2014). Major trauma: the unseen financial burden to trauma centres, a descriptive multicentre analysis. Australian Health Review, 38(1), 30-37. [More Information]
  • Ogilvie, R., McCloughen, A., Curtis, K., Foster, K. (2014). Surviving traumatic physical injury: a systematic synthesis of current knowledge. 15th European Congress of Trauma & Emergency Surgery (ESTES) & 2nd World Trauma Congress (WCTC) 2014, Frankfurt, Germany: Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Ogilvie, R., Curtis, K., Lam, M., McCloughen, A., Foster, K. (2014). The burden of youth: major traumatic injury in adolescents and young adults managed in the Australian capital territory. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 21(5), 218-227.
  • Curtis, K., Lam, M., Mitchell, R., Black, D., Taylor, C., Dickson, C., Jan, S., Palmer, C., Langcake, M., Myburgh, J. (2014). The injury profile and acute treatment costs of major trauma in older people in New South Wales. Injury. [More Information]
  • Dutton, M., Chiarella, M., Curtis, K. (2014). The role of the wound care nurse: an integrative review. British Journal of Community Nursing, 19(Sup3), S39-S47. [More Information]

2013

  • Mitchell, R., Curtis, K., Holland, A., Balogh, Z., Evans, J., Wilson, K. (2013). Acute costs and predictors of higher treatment costs for major paediatric trauma in New South Wales, Australia. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(7), 557-563. [More Information]
  • McIntosh, A., Curtis, K., Rankin, T., Cox, M., Pang, T., McCrory, P., Finch, C. (2013). Associations between helmet use and brain injuries amongst injured pedal- and motor-cyclists: A case series analysis of trauma centre presentations. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 24(2), 11-20.
  • Mitchell, R., Curtis, K., Chong, S., Holland, A., Sannappa Venkatraman, S., Wilson, K., Cass, D. (2013). Comparative analysis of trends in paediatric trauma outcomes in New South Wales, Australia. Injury, 44(1), 97-103. [More Information]
  • Taylor, C., Curtis, K., Jan, S., Newcombe, M. (2013). Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) over-triage and the financial implications for major trauma centres in NSW, Australia. BMC Emergency Medicine, 13(1), 11. [More Information]
  • Ogilvie, R., Curtis, K., Palmer, C., Lam, M., McCloughen, A., Foster, K. (2013). Incidence and outcomes of major traumatic injury in he Australian Capital Territory. Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting (CHARM) 2013, Canberra, Australia.
  • Curtis, K. (2013). Injury trends and mortality in adult patients with major trauma in New South Wales (In reply). Medical Journal of Australia, 198(9), 481-481. [More Information]
  • Wiseman, T., Foster, K., Curtis, K. (2013). Mental health following traumatic physical injury: An integrative literature review. Injury, 44(11), 1383-1390. [More Information]
  • Asha, S., Curtis, K., Taylor, C., Kwok, A. (2013). Patient-controlled analgesia compared with interval analgesic dosing for reducing complications in blunt thoracic trauma: a retrospective cohort study. Emergency Medicine Journal, 30(12), 1024-1028. [More Information]
  • Dinh, M., Curtis, K., Ivers, R. (2013). The effectiveness of helmets in reducing head injuries and hospital treatment costs: a multicentre study. Medical Journal of Australia, 198(8), 415-417. [More Information]
  • Munroe, B., Curtis, K., Considine, J., Buckley, T. (2013). The Impact Structured Patient Assessment Frameworks Have on Patient Care: An Integrative Review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22(21-22), 2991-3005. [More Information]

2012

  • Asha, S., Curtis, K., Grant, N., Taylor, C., Lo, S., Smart, R., Compagnoni, K. (2012). Comparison of radiation exposure of trauma patients from diagnostic radiology procedures before and after the introduction of a panscan protocol. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 24(1), 43-51. [More Information]
  • Mitchell, R., Watson, W., Curtis, K., Harris, I., McDougall, P. (2012). Difficulties in establishing long-term trauma outcomes data collections. Could trauma outcomes be routinely monitored in New South Wales, Australia: Piloting a 3 month follow-up? Injury, 43(1), 96-102. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Mitchell, R., Chong, S., Balogh, Z., Reed, D., Clark, P., D'Amours, S., Black, D., Langcake, M., Taylor, C., et al (2012). Injury trends and mortality in adult patients with major trauma in NSW. Medical Journal of Australia, 197(4), 233-237. [More Information]
  • Frydenberg, E., Curtis, K., Chong, S., Poulos, R., Grzebieta, R., Steel, T., Nau, T. (2012). Road trauma, patterns of injury and mortality in an Australian trauma centre. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 23(1), 21-28.
  • Taylor, C., Jan, S., Curtis, K., Tzannes, A., Li, Q., Palmer, C., Dickson, C., Myburgh, J. (2012). The cost-effectiveness of physician staffed Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) transport to a major trauma centre in NSW, Australia. Injury, 43(11), 1843-1849. [More Information]
  • Ogilvie, R., McCloughen, A., Curtis, K., Foster, K. (2012). The experience of surviving life-threatening injury: a qualitative synthesis. International Nursing Review, 59(3), 312-320. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Leonard, E. (2012). The trauma nurse coordinator in australia and new zealand: demographics, role, and professional development. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 19(4), 214-220. [More Information]
  • Willenberg, L., Curtis, K., Taylor, C., Jan, S., Glass, P., Myburgh, J. (2012). The variation of acute treatment costs of trauma in high-income countries. BMC Health Services Research, 12, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Caldwell, E., Delprado, A., Munroe, B. (2012). Traumatic injury in Australia and New Zealand. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 15(1), 45-54. [More Information]
  • Mitchell, R., Curtis, K., Fisher, M. (2012). Understanding Trauma as a Men's Health Issue: Sex Differences in Traumatic Injury Presentations at a Level 1 Trauma Center in Australia. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 19(2), 80-88. [More Information]
  • Dutton, M., Curtis, K. (2012). Well-wound therapy: use of NPWT to prevent laparotomy breakdown. Journal of Wound Care, 21(8), 386-388. [More Information]
  • Clements, A., Curtis, K. (2012). What is the impact of nursing roles in hospital patient resuscitation? Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 15(2), 108-115. [More Information]

2011

  • King, K., Evans, J., Curtis, K. (2011). Abdominal and genitourinary trauma. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Bill Lord (Eds.), Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics, (pp. 1251-1288). Australia: Elsevier.
  • Munroe, B., Curtis, K. (2011). Assessment, monitoring and emergency nursing care in blunt chest injury: A case study. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 14(4), 257-263. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Dickson, C., Mitchell, R., Black, D., Lam, M. (2011). Do AR-DRGs adequately describe the trauma patient episode in New South Wales, Australia? Health Information Management Journal, 40(1), 7-13. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Ramsden, C., Lord, B. (2011). Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics. Australia: Elsevier.
  • Murphy, M., Edwards, C., Seggie, J., Curtis, K. (2011). Emergency Department Trauma Redesign in a Level 1 Trauma Centre. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 14, 50-58. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Olivier, J., Mitchell, R., Cook, A., Rankin, T., Rana, A., Watson, W., Nau, T. (2011). Evaluation of a tiered trauma call system in a level 1 trauma centre. Injury, 42(1), 57-62. [More Information]
  • Wiseman, T., Curtis, K. (2011). Gunshot wounds to the leg causing neurovascular compromise-A case study. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 14, 264-269. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Tzannes, A., Rudge, T. (2011). How to talk to doctors – a guide for effective communication. International Nursing Review, 58(1), 13-20. [More Information]
  • Kourouche, S., Curtis, K., Watson, W., Mitchell, R., Rankin, T., Chong, S. (2011). Identifying Risk and Raising Awareness in Older Person Trauma. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 18(3), 163-170. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Chong, S., Mitchell, R., Newcombe, M., Black, D., Langcake, M. (2011). Outcomes of Severely Injured Adult Trauma Patients in an Australian Health Service: Does Trauma Center Level Make a Difference? World Journal of Surgery, 35(10), 2332-2340. [More Information]
  • Caldwell, E., Delprado, A., Curtis, K. (2011). Overview of trauma. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Bill Lord (Eds.), Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics, (pp. 1081-1110). Australia: Elsevier.
  • Curtis, K., Patel, L. (2011). Patient assessment and essentials of care. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Bill Lord (Eds.), Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics, (pp. 233-266). Australia: Elsevier.
  • Langcake, M., Curtis, K., Ursic, C. (2011). Thoracic and neck trauma. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Bill Lord (Eds.), Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics, (pp. 1215-1250). Australia: Elsevier.
  • Mitchell, R., Williamson, A., Curtis, K. (2011). What is the potential of trauma registry data to be used for road traffic injury surveillance and informing road safety policy? Journal of Safety Research, 42(5), 345-350. [More Information]

2010

  • Mitchell, R., Curtis, K., Watson, W., Nau, T. (2010). Age differences in fall-related injury hospitalisations and trauma presentations. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 29(3), 117-125. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Asha, S. (2010). Blunt cardiac injury as a result of a motor vehicle collision: A case study. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 13, 124-129.
  • Skapetis, T., Curtis, K. (2010). Emergency management of dental trauma. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 13, 30-34. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K. (2010). Emergency nurses Where will we be in 25 years? Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 13, 41.
  • Ursic, C., Curtis, K. (2010). Thoracic and neck trauma. Part four. International Emergency Nursing, 18(4), 177-180. [More Information]
  • Ursic, C., Curtis, K. (2010). Thoracic and neck trauma. Part one. International Emergency Nursing, 18(1), 47-53. [More Information]
  • Ursic, C., Curtis, K. (2010). Thoracic and neck trauma. Part three. International Emergency Nursing, 18(3), 158-165. [More Information]
  • Ursic, C., Curtis, K. (2010). Thoracic and neck trauma. Part two. International Emergency Nursing, 18(2), 99-108. [More Information]

2009

  • Ursic, C., Curtis, K., Zou, Y., Black, D. (2009). Improved trauma patient outcomes after implementation of a dedicated trauma admitting service. Injury, 40, 99-103. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Dickson, C., Black, D., Nau, T. (2009). The cost and compensability of trauma patients. Australian Health Review, 33(1), 84-92. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K. (2009). The cost of major trauma in NSW: implications for health planning. Interview by Judith Kingston. Australian Nursing Journal, 16(9), 35. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Murphy, M., Hoy, S., Lewis, M. (2009). The emergency nursing assessment process - A structured framework for a systematic approach. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 12, 130-136. [More Information]

2008

  • Curtis, K., Wiseman, T. (2008). Back to Basics - Essential Nursing Care in the ED, Part 2. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 11(2), 95-99. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Wiseman, T. (2008). Back to Basics : Essential Nursing Care in the ED Part One. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 11(1), 49-53. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Donoghue, J. (2008). The Trauma Nurse Coordinator in Australia and New Zealand : A Progress Survey of Demographics, Role Function, and Resources. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 15(2), 34-42. [More Information]

2007

  • Simpson, J., Curtis, K., Bonner, A., Brooks, A. (2007). Abdominal and genitourinary trauma. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Julie Friendship (Eds.), Emergency & Trauma Nursing, (pp. 823-852). Australia: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Farrow, N., Caldwell, E., Curtis, K. (2007). An overview of trauma. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Julie Friendship (Eds.), Emergency & Trauma Nursing, (pp. 672-692). Australia: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Curtis, K., Ramsden, C., Friendship, J. (2007). Emergency & Trauma Nursing. Australia: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Ramsden, C., Curtis, K., Seggie, J., Braybrooks, L. (2007). Ocular emergencies. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Julie Friendship (Eds.), Emergency & Trauma Nursing, (pp. 527-550). Australia: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Farnsworth, L., Curtis, K. (2007). Patient assessment and essential nursing care. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Julie Friendship (Eds.), Emergency & Trauma Nursing, (pp. 92-113). Australia: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Curtis, K., Ursic, C. (2007). Scoring systems. In Adam Brooks, P. Mahoney, Timothy Hodgetts (Eds.), Churchill's Pocketbook Of Major Trauma: Resuscitation, Diagnosis And Acute Management, (pp. 288-296). United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Ursic, C., Curtis, K. (2007). Thoracic and neck trauma. In Kate Curtis, Clair Ramsden, Julie Friendship (Eds.), Emergency & Trauma Nursing, (pp. 796-822). Australia: Mosby Elsevier.

2006

  • Fraser, M., Curtis, K. (2006). A day in the life of a trauma case manager. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 9(2), 73-78. [More Information]
  • Curtis, K., Zou, Y., Morris, R., Black, D. (2006). Trauma case management: Improving patient outcomes. Injury, 37(7), 626-632. [More Information]

2004

  • Curtis, K., Nocera, N., Mitten-Lewis, S., Donoghue, J. (2004). The trauma nurse coordinator in Australia: The inaugural national survey of demographics, role function and resources. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 7(1), 29-38.

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