Interview with Professor Kate Curtis

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Period13 May 2019

Media contributions


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  • TitleInterview with Professor Kate Curtis
    Media name/outletABC Illawarra, Wollongong
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size7:04 minutes
    DescriptionInterview with Professor Kate Curtis, nurse and clinical researcher, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. Rheinberger says Curtis has been awarded the 2019 HESTA Australian Nurse of the Year for her work to improve hospital care across the country, particularly for injured children. He adds Curtis is one of the founders of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance. Curtis says to make healthcare equitable there should be a quality good quality of care in the emergency department of hospitals. She adds their should be the accessibility to life-saving treatment for healthcare to be equitable. Curtis notes her team are working on projects focusing on those two factors to make healthcare equitable. She says she worked on a study with Macquarie University's Rebecca Mitchell about children's injuries and have found child injury rates have not changed over the past decade. She notes Australia does not have a national injury prevention plan. Curtis adds their study also found children who live in the rural or regional areas are twice as likely to die when they get an injury. She says they have worked with NSW Ambulance to address the issue. Curtis says next month CareFlight, [NSW] Ambulance, the Department of Health and children's hospitals will be looking at 26 recommendations their research has to improve care for injured children. She discusses the support the Child Injury Prevention Alliance could give to children who are injured. Curtis says they now have funding from the Federal Budget to start developing a national injury preventing strategy.
    Producer/AuthorNick Rheinberger
    PersonsRebecca Mitchell