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Kate Curtis


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

Clinical Associate Professor 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 has published extensively in the nursing and medical literature, and has been keynote speaker at several international emergency and trauma conferences. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow in Trauma Care at the University of Sydney’s Sydney Nursing School and a Trauma Clinical Nursing Consultant at St George Hospital.

Kate 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.

Her areas of expertise aim to improve the trauma patient’s experience and clinical outcomes by exploring systems and models of care in trauma. Kate is currently working at the Sydney Nursing School and collaboratively with the NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre; Clinicians at St George and Westmead Hospitals; The George Institute for International Health, The National Centre Classification in Health; The Institute of Trauma and Injury Management, Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, The National Trauma Research Institute.

Kate has worked in aged care, general medical/surgical, mental health and emergency nursing.  and works regularly as a registered nurse in Wollongong Emergency Department, and has a passion for Emergency and Trauma Nursing.  Kate regularly contributes to the Critical Care nursing program at the Sydney Nursing School and is supervising several higher research degree students.

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 is Scientific Co-Convenor in 2010. Kate has been heavily involved in organising large disaster management and injury prevention symposiums and emergency and trauma nursing seminars. She is on the editorial board of the Australasian Emergency Nurses Journal, a reviewer for Injury and the lead editor of the textbook Emergency and Trauma Nursing, the first and only Australian text of its kind.



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