2009 Speakers Biographies

Dr Belinda Gabbe

Dr Belinda Gabbe is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Population Health Career Development Award recipient and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (DEPM).  She is the Deputy Head of the Prehospital, Emergency and Trauma research group at the DEPM.  In her current position, Belinda is a Chief Investigator on a number of trauma related projects, including the Victorian State Trauma Registry, the Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry, the Bi-National Burns Registry and a variety of projects evaluating outcomes in trauma.  Belinda’s research focuses on the evaluation of trauma systems, trauma system improvements and establishing the burden of serious injury.  She has published extensively in the trauma area and was recently selected to feature in the 2008 edition of the 10 of the Best publication for the NHMRC.


David Fitzpatrick

David began his career in the Scottish Ambulance Service in 1996 working in the Lanarkshire Division on the Patient Transport Service. From 1997–2001 he worked clinically on Accident and Emergency Duties and from 2001-2005 as a paramedic, single crewed on a Rapid Response Vehicle. His research career began in October 2005 after being seconded full-time to the NMAHP RU.  This was an experimental secondment designed to improve the SAS research capability and capacity and continues to date.  His research interests include all aspects of pre-hospital emergency care with specific interest in diabetes care and the 'see and treat' approach to provision of pre-hospital care. David continues to work clinically as a paramedic approximately 25% of his time.


Janette Turner

Janette has a BSc in Biology from the University of Sussex and also trained as a registered nurse specialising in emergency surgery and accident and emergency medicine. She joined Sheffield University in 1991 as project manager for an evaluation of a regional trauma system in the UK. Since then she has completed a number of large research projects in the area of pre-hospital care including evaluations of the impact of introducing paramedics, Emergency Medical Dispatch and pre-hospital IV fluids. During this time she also gained an MSc in Health Economics and Management from the University of Sheffield. More recently she has investigated the use of NHS Direct to manage low priority ambulance calls. Her current main work is an ambulance policy research programme for DH which includes a project to develop new performance indicators for category B 999 ambulance calls.  She also teaches on a number of ScHARR postgraduate programmes.


Suzanne Mason MBBS, FRCS, FFAEM, MD.

Suzanne has trained in Emergency Medicine and spent a year as a Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellow. She was awarded an MD whilst undertaking higher training in Emergency Medicine. She joined Sheffield University as a Senior Clinical Lecturer in 2001 and was promoted to Reader in 2007. She divides her time between the university and as a consultant at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust emergency department.
Her main research interests include evaluating complex interventions in emergency and urgent care. She is particularly interested in the evaluation of new roles and alternative pathways of care.