A/Prof. Tim Baker

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Dir. Centre Rural Emergency Med.

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Medicine

Campus

Warrnambool Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Medicine, Monash University, 1990
Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University, 1992

Research interests

Small rural emergency departments are not simply cut-down versions of large urban emergency departments. Although they treat a similar range of patients, they have different clinical and organisational challenges. Australia has over 400 small rural hospitals, that manage 16% of Australia’s emergency presentations, or almost 1.3 million attendances per year. Unfortunately, there is little research to guide evidence based care in these facilities.

Associate Professor Baker was appointed as the Inaugural Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine in 2008. Since then, the Centre has raised more than $3,300,000 in research, training, and workforce development grants. He has published articles on many of the key areas or rural emergency medicine, including;

  • Developing rural hospital clinical and administrative databases
  • The activity and performance of small rural emergency departments
  • Interactions with ambulance services
  • Health literacy of rural communities
  • Supporting rural clinicians through telemedicine

Current projects include;

  • Developing a region-wide database of small rural emergency department activity and performance for research and assessment of innovation
  • Collaborative practice between rural nurses, paramedics, and doctors
  • Using alcohol use screening of emergency department patients to guide public health interventions

Affiliations

Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Teaching interests

Associate Professor Baker is interested in assisting rural emergency clinicians develop their knowledge and skills, whatever their stage of learning. He guided, as topic convenor, the five-week emergency medicine rotation for Deakin’s first final year medical students, and is active in student teaching and assessment. He is on the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine’s Non-Specialist Training Committee that has developed the Certificate and Diploma of Emergency Medicine courses for Rural Doctors. He has been a Director of Emergency Medicine Training for doctors undertaking Specialist Emergency Training. He has given lectures to emergency medicine specialists, nurses, physiotherapists, paramedics, and first aid volunteers.

Professional activities

Associate Professor Baker is a practising specialist emergency physician, and consulted for his expert opinion by government and non-government organisations. This maximises his ability to translate research into clinical and organisational practice.

  • Member of Victorian Department of Health Rural and Regional Health Advisory Committee (2011-Present)
  • Member of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine’s Rural Regional and Remote Committee (2012-Present)
  • Clinical lead and co-author of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine’s Quality Standards for Emergency Departments and other Hospital-based Emergency Care Facilities (2015)
  • Lead author of Models of Rural Emergency Care Manual for Victorian Department of Health (2015-2017)
  • Member of Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Expert Advisory Committee, which produced National Acute Coronary Syndrome Clinical Care Standards (2013-2014).
  • Member of the Australian Heart Foundation’s Expert panel on the Capability Framework on Acute Coronary Syndrome to support evidence-based practice in all parts of Australia (2014).
  • Chair of Victorian Department of Small Rural Emergency Facility Working Group (2013-2014)

Publications

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2017

Learning on the fly: how rural junior doctors learn during consultations with retrieval physicians

T Baker, K Kumar, M Kennedy

(2017), Vol. 29, pp. 342-347, Emergency medicine Australasia, London, Eng., C1

journal
2016

Initial destination hospital of paediatric prehospital patients in rural Victoria.

K Kloot, S Salzman, S Kilpatrick, T Baker, S Brumby

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 205-210, Emergency medicine Australasia, Milton, Qld., C1

journal

Early MRI versus conventional management in the detection of occult scaphoid fractures: what does it really cost? A rural pilot study

T Kelson, R Davidson, T Baker

(2016), Vol. 63, pp. 9-16, Journal of medical radiation sciences, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal
2015

Small rural emergency services can electronically collect accurate episode-level data: a cross-sectional study

S Dawson, T Baker, S Salzman

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 107-111, Australian journal of rural health., London, Eng., C1

journal

Last drinks: a study of rural emergency department data collection to identify and target community alcohol-related violence

P Miller, N Droste, T Baker, C Gervis

(2015), Vol. 27, pp. 225-231, Emergency medicine Australasia, Richmond, Vic., C1

journal
2014

Small rural emergency services still manage acutely unwell patients: a cross-sectional study

T Baker, S Dawson

(2014), Vol. 26, pp. 131-138, Emergency medicine Australasia, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Review article: Emergency department data sharing to reduce alcohol-related violence: a systematic review of the feasibility and effectiveness of community-level interventions.

N Droste, P Miller, T Baker

(2014), Vol. 26, pp. 326-335, Emergency medicine Australasia, London, Eng., C1

journal
2013

What small rural emergency departments do : a systematic review of observational studies

T Baker, S Dawson

(2013), Vol. 21, pp. 254-261, Australian journal of rural health, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2011

Farmers with acute chest pain are uncertain how and when to seek help : A pilot study

T Baker, S McCoombe, C Mercer-Grant, S Brumby

(2011), Vol. 23, pp. 1-9, Emergency medicine Australasia, Richmond, Vic., C1

journal

Chest pain in rural communities ; balancing decisions and distance

T Baker, S McCoombe, C Mercer-Grant, S Brumby

(2011), Vol. 23, pp. 337-345, Emergency medicine Australasia, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal
2009

Small rural emergency departments are not simply cut-down large urban emergency departments

T Baker

(2009), Vol. 17, pp. 291-291, Australian journal of rural health, Armidale, N.S.W., C1

journal
2003

Cardiovascular, haematological and neurological effects of the venom of the Papua New Guinean small-eyed snake (Micropechis ikaheka) and their neutralisation with CSL polyvalent and black snake antivenoms

J Tibballs, S Kuruppu, W Hodgson, T Carroll, G Hawdon, M Sourial, T Baker, K Winkel

(2003), Vol. 42, pp. 647-655, Toxicon, Kidlington, Eng., C1-1

journal

Grants

Australian Competitive Grants

Using Emergency Department Data To Reduce Alcohol Harm In The Community

Prof Peter Miller, Dr Diana Egerton-Warburton, Prof Anthony Shakeshaft, A/Prof Petra Staiger, A/Prof David Caldicott, Dr Alys Havard, Prof Christopher Doran, A/Prof Tim Baker, A/Prof Nadine Ezard, Dr Steve Bowe, Dr Nic Droste

NHMRC - Partnership Project

  • 2017: $151,107
  • 2016: $71,303

Other Public Sector Funding

Rural Acute Hospital Data Register (RAHDaR)

A/Prof Tim Baker, Ms Kate Kloot

  • 2017: $34,987

Other Funding Sources

Using Emergency Department Data To Reduce Alcohol Harm In The Community

Prof Peter Miller, Dr Diana Egerton-Warburton, Prof Anthony Shakeshaft, A/Prof Petra Staiger, A/Prof David Caldicott, Dr Alys Havard, Prof Christopher Doran, A/Prof Tim Baker, A/Prof Nadine Ezard, Dr Steve Bowe, Dr Nic Droste

  • 2016: $84,000

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2014

Benjamin Fisk

Thesis entitled: Rural-Urban TBI Outcomes: System Design, Experience and Paramedic Intervention

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), School of Medicine