ACTA Workshop: How to better develop cross-network collaborations


ACTA has partnered with ACEM to provide a workshop on developing cross-network collaborations and collaborating with a network to do research together. We hope to provide participants with a better understanding on how to network and collaborate with other networks, including doing research together.


Elyssia Bourke

Elyssia is an emergency physician working at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Grampians Health Ballarat. She is currently completing a PhD examining the optimal management of paediatric behavioural disturbance in the emergency department setting. Her research interest focuses on conducting comparative effectiveness trials to improve the level of evidence available for common management strategies used in the emergency department setting. In addition to her clinical role, she is a member of the PREDICT executive, the ACEM CTN and the ACEM research committee. She has had her first child six months ago and learning to juggle the motherhood/work combination has given her immense respect for all working parents!

Professor Michael Berk

Professor Michael Berk is currently a NHMRC L3 research Fellow and is Alfred Deakin Chair of Psychiatry at Deakin University and Barwon Health, where he heads the Institute for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT). He also is an Honorary Professorial Research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health and Orygen Youth Health at Melbourne University, as well as in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He has published over 1600 papers and is listed by Thompson Reuters ISI as highly cited (2015-2023). His major interests are in the discovery and implementation of novel therapies.

Dr Ayla Barutchu

Dr Ayla Barutchu is currently the Executive Officer of Mental Health Australia General Clinical Trials Network (MAGNET). She was a postdoctoral researcher at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health before moving to the University of Oxford as a Marie Currie Fellow (IIF). She continued her work as a Lecturer in Psychology at Somerville and Balliol Colleges, University of Oxford, before moving back to Australia. Her major interests are in translational cognitive neuroscience and the discovery of innovative perceptual and cognitive habilitation and rehabilitation strategies across the lifespan

Peter Cameron

Peter Cameron is an emergency physician at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne with a strong interest in health services clinical research through Monash University.

He has been extensively involved in developing and researching the use of clinical quality registries for major trauma, burns, orthopaedics, blood and cardiac arrest. His research and trials interests have focused on prehospital care and trauma. He has held leadership positions as President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and the International Federation for Emergency Medicine.


Tuesday 9 April 2024 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (UTC+11)


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