Diana is an Emergency Physician with a passion for patient and community advocacy. For some reason she can’t stop caring and trying to make a difference on a systems level. She is chair of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Public Health Committee and has led a project to highlight and reduce the harmful effects of alcohol in Australasia. She is Director of Emergency Medicine Research and Innovation at Monash Medical Centre. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University and National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University. She is a member of the Commonwealth Governments, Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and other Drugs (ANACAD). As a supporter of #foamED, she believes in the use of social media as an education and advocacy tool. She believes in pragmatic patient centered research that passes the ‘so what’ test.


The Clinician Advocate: How Evidence and Anecdote Produce Change

Emergency departments are at the forefront of dealing with the harmful effects of alcohol consumption. ED alcohol-related presentation data is not routinely collected in patient data sets. I will describe the outcomes of the ACEM Alcohol Harm (AHED) project. For the first on a national scale the project quantified the level and effect of alcohol harm presenting to emergency departments (EDs) in Australia and New Zealand. Over 100 EDs and more than 2000 ED clinicians have been involved. AHED provided an evidence base to advocate for measures to reduce alcohol harm I will demonstrate by how using evidence and anecdote clinicians are power witnesses and can influence culture and policy change.

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