Research and teaching


At Epworth, research and teaching contribute to our commitment of providing world-class patient care. Our highly successful education programs are supported by senior specialist clinicians and clinical educators from across the group, and we invest in a healthier future by offering patients access to leading-edge research.


Courses on offer through the emergency department




  • Accredited training facility of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
  • Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support courses for Local and Visiting Medical Officers


Medical students:


  • Monash University – 5th-year undergraduate rotations
  • University of Melbourne – 2nd-year post-graduate rotations
  • Elective rotations Australia-wide


Nursing (through Deakin University):


  • Introduction to Specialty Practice
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Care
  • Graduate Diploma in Emergency Care


Medical and research papers published by emergency department staff

  • Hayley Roberts, Sean McGuigan, Bernard Infeld, Ron Sultana, Richard Gerraty, 6. : A video-oculographic study of acute vestibular neuritis, Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, Volume 21, Issue 11, November 2014 
  • Raising the Bar – 12 Months of a Clinical Pharmacy Service in a Private Emergency Department. Justine Nicholls, Ron Sultana. Poster Presentation. Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia 39th National Conference. Medicines Management 2013, Cairns QLD.
  • Arash Niavarani, Ron Sultana, Nilmini Wickramasinghe. The Suitability of Artificial Neural Networks in Service Quality Control and Forecasting for Healthcare Contexts. Poster. AMCIS Conference Chicago 2013.
  • Gerry FitzGerald, Ghasem Toloo, Jun He, Gavin Doig, David Rosengren, Sean Rothwell, Ron Sultana, Steve Costello, Xiang-Yu Hou. Private hospital emergency departments in Australia: Challenges and opportunities. Emergency Medicine Australasia. Volume 25, Issue 3, pages 233–240, June 2013
  • Davor Pavlin-Premrl, Monash University, Australia, John Waterston, Bernard Infeld,  Ron Sultana, Richard O'Sullivan, Prof Richard Gerraty. Spontaneous Nystagmus in the Diagnosis of Vertigo in the Emergency Department. Abstract. 13th Asian Oceania Congress of Neurology, June 2012.
  • Ceglowski A, Sultana RV. Why Do I Have To Wait So Long At The Emergency Department? Process Modelling And Complexity In Hospital Emergency Departments. Abstract. Australian Society For Operations Research. 2009.




2011 Australian Private Hospital Association award for team approach to improving patient safety. Set-up of emergency response system at Epworth Richmond.




Department of Health research into patient critical care; expediting best-practice into patient care.

2015 – Catheter insertion and removal:


  • Documentation of aseptic techniques
  • Increased patient education

2015 – Recognition of the deteriorating patient:


  • Early escalation of care

2014 – Reduction of IV Cannulation Rates:


  • Decreased risk of patient infections
  • Increase patient comfort