Associate Professor Kate Curtis
RN, PhD UNSW Ms Nurs BN UOW GradDipCritCare Sydney
M02A - 88 Mallett Street - Building A
The University of Sydney
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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.
- trauma models of care
- trauma nursing
- financial aspects of trauma systems
Teaching and supervision
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
- HDU Course
- Fortnightly ward or Emergency Department in-services
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).
- Co-Chair Research committee, NSW Institute of Trauma and Injury Management
- Co-Chair Research/ Exec committee member, NSW Emergency Care Institute
- Steering Committee, 2011–2013, Australian Trauma Quality Improvement Program
- Fellow, College of Emergency Nurses Australasia
- Board Member: College Emergency Nursing Australasia NSW Branch
- Member: NSW Trauma Network Committee
- Representative: NSW Trauma Services Committee
- Member: South East Sydney Network Trauma Committee
- Member: St George Hospital Clinical Nurse Consultant Committee
- Member NSW Nurse’s Association
- Member: Society of Trauma Nurses
- Member: Australasian Trauma Society (past co-convenor of conference)
- Member: College of Nursing
- Developed and maintain the Australia/NZ Trauma Network. This list is a resource for trauma nurses and is used to discuss and exchange information
Awards and honours
Kate was recognised in the Sydney Morning Herald's The (Sydney) Magazine (Issue December 2010) as one of Sydney's 100 most influential people in 2010, for her work as a trauma nurse and researcher. In 2011 she was awarded the Frank McDermott Award for excellence and impact (National Trauma Research Institute). It is awarded to the research study completed and published in the last 10 years that is judged to have led to the greatest improvements in care of severely injured patients in Australia or New Zealand.
Health services and management; Health policy; Nursing practice; Trauma; Health economics
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics (Elsevier, 2011)