About Dr Lisa Sharwood

I am passionate about using big data to understand injury epidemiology and the health service response to and treatment of injury. I aim to use these data to inform cost effectiveness analyses of current systems, to assess consistency of treatment using evidence based clinical practice guidelines and recommendations and most importantly to use big data to understand if we – the health service – are treating patients in a way that ensures their best outcomes possible despite injury. I am also passionate about working with industry to ensure the highest product standards apply to prevent injury or mitigate its severity.

Dr Lisa Sharwood is an Injury Epidemiologist, underpinning her research career with a clinical background as a Critical Care RN which spanned several countries. Her research predominantly involves traumatic injury populations, using observational studies and record linked data, incorporating economic analyses. Lisa has lead large multidisciplinary teams on numerous multi-site studies, engaging key government stakeholders who have used her research findings in policy amendment. She has attracted broad-reaching media attention with her research dissemination. Advising Australian Standards committees she contributes to industry awareness of product standards for injury prevention; with this combined expertise also provides assistance to the court as an Expert Witness. Her current projects evaluate the efficiency and cost effectiveness of acute care pathways for those with traumatic injury in NSW. Lisa collaborates closely with Trauma clinicians to help use data to fill answer clinically relevant questions. She strives to contribute to harm reduction and improved injury outcomes.

My research highlights have included keynote speaker invitations to present my research findings regarding commercial vehicle driver health risks in the Australian parliament. In working with the peak stakeholder industry body for commercial vehicle drivers, I was able to assist in changing policy for the medical assessment of commercial vehicle driver licensing. Other research highlights have included significant media engagement from this work as well as my published expose of the extent of injuries occurring in indoor trampoline parks, which engaged a total audience of 5,347,704 via 6 media types. Following this I have been engaged by the court of NSW to provide Expert Witness regarding some of these serious injuries, assisting injured victims to obtain compensation. I am the Epidemiologist on an Australian Standards committee for Playground Safety. In this role I consult to other members regarding the injury risk and risk mitigation of proposed manufacturing, design and installation standards. I am in invited member of the International Collaborative Effort on Injury Statistics and Methods, one of several international activities sponsored by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Centre for Health Statistics (NCHS). The goal is to provide a forum for international exchange and collaboration among injury researchers who develop and promote international standards in injury data collection and analysis. A secondary goal is to produce products of the highest quality to facilitate the comparability and improved quality of injury data. My background as a clinician ensures that my research regarding clinical policy and patient outcomes is experience as well as evidence informed. I have also worked within clinical research settings, for example at the Murdoch Children's Research Centre, coordinating research within the Emergency Department. During my time in this role I undertook a whole of centre audit regarding knowledge of and adherence to good clinical research practice. In response to the findings I then developed a GCRP training program that was implemented centre wide with the support of the Director.
During my time at the Accident Research Centre at Monash University, I recruited road crash victims to studies of real world crash investigation, where we brought together pre-hospital clinicians, engineers (vehicle and road), town planners, government bodies etc to respond to findings of in-depth case analyses and improve accident risk.

Where relevant and on certain projects, I work closely with surgeons, Trauma clinicians etc at the Royal North Shore Hospital as well as Prince of Wales Hospital. This permits a collaborative arrangement for my students to obtain access into clinical settings to assist their understanding of the application of the research project into the clinical setting.

Selected publications

• Lisa N Sharwood, Holger Mueller, Rebecca Q Ivers, Bharat Vaikuntam, Tim Driscoll, James W Middleton. The epidemiology, cost and occupational context of spinal injuries sustained while ‘working for income' in NSW: a record linkage study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Special Issue 2018 (in press)

• Barker R, Eager D, Sharwood LN. Ensuring safety in public playgrounds: Everybody's business. Medical Journal of Australia. October 2018 (in press)• Sharwood LN, Eager D, Adams S. Without mandatory safety standards, indoor trampoline parks are an accident waiting to happen. The Conversation. Feb 15 2018

• Sharwood LN, Adams S, Blaszkow T, Eager D. Increasing injuries as trampoline parks expand within Australia: a call for mandatory standards. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Feb 2018; Online; doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12783

• Sharwood LN, Boufous S, Muecke S, Middleton JW. Health Service Pathways Analysis as Evidence Base for Trauma Policy Change. Emergency Medicine Open Access. 2017, 7:3.

• Oteir A, Smith K, Stoelwinder J, Middleton JW, Cox S, Sharwood LN. Prehospital Predictors of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in Victoria. Prehospital Emergency Care. 2017. doi:10.1080/10903127.21

• Sharwood LN, Boufous S, Muecke S, Middleton JW. Health Service Pathways Analysis as Evidence Base for Trauma Policy Change. Emergency Medicine Open Access. 2017, 7:3.

• Elkington J, Stevenson M, Haworth N, Sharwood LN. Using Police crash databases for injury prevention research: a comparison of opt-in and opt-out approaches to study recruitment. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 2014; 38 (3) pp.286-9

• Sharwood LN, Elkington J, Meuleners L, Ivers R, Boufous S, Stevenson M. Use of Caffeinated
Substances and Risk of Crashes in Long Distance Heavy Vehicle Drivers: a case control study. BMJ 2013; 346: f1140

• Stevenson M, Elkington J, Sharwood LN, Meuleners L, Ivers R, Boufous S, Haworth N, Williamson A, Grunstein R, Quinlan M, Norton R, Wong K. The Role of Sleepiness, Sleep Disorders and the Work Environment on Heavy-vehicle Crashes. American Journal of Epidemiology 2013; epub. Dec 18.

• Sharwood LN, Elkington J, Stevenson M, Grunstein R, Meuleners L, Ivers RQ, Haworth N, Norton R, Wong K. Assessing Sleepiness and Sleep Disorders in Australian Long Distance Commercial Vehicle Drivers: Self-report versus an ‘at home' monitoring device. Sleep. 2012; 35(4) pp. (editorial)