RN, PhD UNSW Ms Nurs BN UOW GradDipCritCare Sydney
Professor and Principal Research Fellow, Sydney Nursing School
Honorary Professorial Fellow, George Institute for Global Health
Clinical Nurse Consultant-Emergency, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Professor Kate Curtis is an internationally renowned trauma nurse and researcher with a special interest in trauma models of care, emergency and trauma nursing and the financial aspects of trauma systems. She is a practicing emergency and trauma nurse, Profesorial fellow at the George Institute for Global Health, NHMRC Translation of Research into Practice Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Southampton, UK. “I am interested in conducting research that is meaningful and will make a difference to emergency/trauma patients and to those caring for them, in Australia and around the world” says Professor Curtis. “I also am passionate about mentoring clinicians to conduct research and translate their research into practice. Being at the coalface is crucial. It facilitates the generation of ideas, fosters good research conduct and enables speedy translation of research evidence into clinical practice. It also helps me to remain accessible to clinicians who are interested in research.”
Professor Curtis is the founder of the Australian Trauma Nurse List and Board Member of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia. She has received numerous awards recognising her research, innovation and clinical work with the critically injured. In 2010, Sydney Magazine voted her one of Sydney’s Top 100 most influential people.
She also is an NHMRC TRIP (Translation of Research Into Practice) Fellow (2013), one of just 11 granted around the country, and a NHMRC Partnership Grant (2014) for her work in the Paediatric Critical Injury Research Program (of only 8 awarded in Australia). She currently serves as Research Co-Chair at the NSW Emergency Care Institute and at the Australasian Trauma Society, and committee member of the Research Committee at the NSW Institute of Trauma and Injury Management.