Research Grand Round

Research Grand Round

23aug12:00 pm1:30 pmResearch Grand Round

Event Details

Please join us for this face-to-face Research Grand Round hosted by
Prof Shekhar Kumta, Professor of Surgery and member of the Research Executive Committee.

Dr Sing Chee Tan,
Intensive Care Specialist & Deputy Chief Medical Informatics Officer will MC this session
and welcome the speakers listed below.

Date: Wednesday 23rd August 2023
Time: 12.00pm – 12.30pm Light Lunch to be provided in the Foyer of the Lecture Theatre.  Presentations to commence at 12.30pm – 1.30pm.

Meeting Room: Northern Hospital Epping Lecture Theatre also known as TNH Lecture Theatre (main Hospital)

Microsoft Teams: Link below If you’re at other sites or for those who are unable to attend in person.

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Presenters will be in-person

Presenter and Bio             Topic and Synopsis
1 Dr Loren Sher is an Emergency Specialist and Program Director of the Victorian Virtual Emergency Department. Prior to this, she was the Director of Northern Hospital’s Paediatric ED. Loren’s other career highlights include the development of a Paediatric HIV clinic in South Africa and the development of the Paediatric Emergency Department at Northern Hospital, Epping.

Loren is constantly seeking opportunities to deliver equitable, safe, and gold standard care, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.  Her more recent medical adventures include exploring and creating efficiencies through the marriage of technology and medicine.

Loren is enrolled in a PhD through La Trobe University researching digital solutions in Health care.


“The evaluation of a Virtual Emergency model of care.“


There has been significant uptake of virtual care during the COVID pandemic. The Victorian Virtual ED has partnered with the Digital CRC, DOH and La Trobe to provide a robust evaluation of the Virtual ED model with the aim to provide a framework for future evaluations of similar models.



2 Dr Jennie Hutton is an Emergency Physician who works  at the Victorian Virtual Emergency Department and is the Health Equity Lead.

Prior to this she has worked in ED at St Vincent’s Hospital for over 20 years. She has an interest in increasing access to healthcare for priority populations and has published broadly in this area. She has an Masters of Public Health and is a Senior Research fellow at La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne.


“Preliminary  findings from the inaugural VVED healthcare workforce survey.”


Telehealth has developed exponentially since the Covid-19 pandemic and there has been a corresponding rise in the VVED workforce. Simultaneously, there  has been an exodus of many healthcare workers from their previous jobs in emergency care. This has led to the concern that VVED is exacerbating some of the problems it has been developed to solve. This workforce survey sought to explore these issues further.


3 Dr Lachie Hayes is the inaugural Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) for Northern Health for the last 5 years, previously acting as Head of Unit of Haematology and then Medical Divisional Director of Cancer Services / Ambulatory & Community Services before consolidating into health informatics. His major interests are Clinical Communications, the Tertiary-Community Informatics Interface, and Practical Hospital Data Analytics. He still practices part time as a Community and Obstetric Haematologist across Northern, Mercy, and private practice. “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad ChatGPT? … Not I! – Generative AI in the Health Research Context.”


A preliminary discussion of the potential for transformation and catastrophe of Generative AI such as ChatGPT4+ in Health, with reference to research related opportunities and concerns.




  • The evaluation of a Virtual Emergency model of care.
  • Preliminary  findings from the inaugural VVED healthcare workforce survey.
  • Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad ChatGPT? … Not I! – Generative AI in the Health Research Context.




(Wednesday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


TNH Lecture Theatre

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