A/Prof. Tim Baker

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Dir. Centre Rural Emergency Med.

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Medicine

Campus

Warrnambool Campus

Qualifications

Master of Clinical Education, Flinders University, 2016
Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University, 1992
Bachelor of Medicine, Monash University, 1990

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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2023

Economic consequences of injury in female Australian footballers: A prospective observational study of emergency department presentations

S Gill, J Stella, M Chatterton, N Lowry, K Kloot, T Reade, T Baker, G Hayden, M Ryan, H Seward, R Page

(2023), Vol. 35, pp. 496-503, EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Wrist, hand and finger injuries in Australian football: A prospective observational study of emergency department presentations

Stephen Gill, Lambros Anagnostelos, Julian Stella, Nicole Lowry, Kate Kloot, Tom Reade, Tim Baker, Georgina Hayden, Matthew Ryan, Hugh Seward, Richard Page

(2023), Vol. 35, pp. 589-594, EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Mental health emergency presentations across the Barwon South West region in Victoria, Australia: An epidemiological investigation

B Kavanagh, K Holloway-Kew, T Baker, M Mohebbi, J Pasco, K Corney, M Kotowicz, S Quirk, L Williams

(2023), Vol. 35, pp. 777-785, EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia, C1

journal article

Using the Cardiff model to reduce late-night alcohol-related presentations in regional Australia

T Baker, N Taylor, K Kloot, P Miller, D Egerton-Warburton, J Shepherd

(2023), Vol. 31, pp. 532-539, Australian Journal of Rural Health, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2022

Rural emergency care facilities may be adapting to their context: A population-level study of resources and workforce

T Baker, K Moore, J Lim, C Papanastasiou, S McCarthy, F Schreve, M Lawson, V Versace

(2022), Vol. 30, pp. 393-401, Australian Journal of Rural Health, London, Eng., C1

journal article

High-Heat Days and Presentations to Emergency Departments in Regional Victoria, Australia

J Adams, S Brumby, K Kloot, T Baker, M Mohebbi

(2022), Vol. 19, pp. 1-17, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Most common principal diagnoses assigned to Australian emergency department presentations involving alcohol use: a multi-centre study

P Miller, T Vakidis, N Taylor, T Baker, J Stella, D Egerton-Warburton, S Hyder, P Staiger, S Bowe, J Shepherd, R Zordan, A Walby, M Jones, D Caldicott, D Barker, M Hall, C Doran, N Ezard, P Preisz, A Havard, A Shakeshaft, H Akhlaghi, K Kloot, N Lowry, S Bumpstead

(2022), Vol. 46, pp. 903-909, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, United States, C1

journal article
2021

Gender differences in female and male Australian Football injuries - a prospective observational study of emergency department presentations

S Gill, J Stella, N Lowry, K Kloot, T Reade, T Baker, G Hayden, M Ryan, H Seward, R Page

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 670-676, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2020

The epidemiology of emergency presentations for falls from height across Western Victoria, Australia

K Holloway-Kew, T Baker, M Sajjad, M Kotowicz, P Livingston, M Khasraw, S Hakkennes, T Dunning, S Brumby, R Page, A Sutherland, S Brennan-Olsen, L Williams, J Pasco

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 119-125, Australasian Emergency Care, Australia, C1

journal article
2019

Have you SCAND MMe Please? A framework to prevent harm during acute hospitalisation of older persons: a retrospective audit

Bernice Redley, Tim Baker

(2019), Vol. 28, pp. 560-574, Journal of clinical nursing, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Building a research-ready database of rural emergency presentations: the RAHDaR pilot study

Kate Kloot, Timothy Baker

(2019), Vol. 31, pp. 126-128, Emergency medicine Australasia, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Driving change: A partnership study protocol using shared emergency department data to reduce alcohol-related harm

P Miller, N Droste, D Egerton-Warburton, D Caldicott, G Fulde, N Ezard, P Preisz, A Walby, M Lloyd-Jones, J Stella, M Sheridan, T Baker, M Hall, A Shakeshaft, A Havard, S Bowe, P Staiger, C D'Este, C Doran, K Coomber, S Hyder, D Barker, J Shepherd

(2019), Vol. 31, pp. 942-947, EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia, Australia, C1

journal article
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, EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia, Australia, C1

journal article
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, EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia, Australia, C1

journal article

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, United States, C1

journal article
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 article

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 article
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 article

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 article
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 article
2011

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 article
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 article
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 article

Funded Projects at Deakin

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, A/Prof Steve Bowe

NHMRC - Partnership Project

  • 2021: $398,833
  • 2019: $232,681
  • 2018: $148,176
  • 2017: $210,330
  • 2016: $35,821

Industry and Other Funding

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, A/Prof Steve Bowe

St Vincent's Health Australia Ltd

  • 2016: $84,000

Rural Acute Hospital Data Register (RAHDaR)

A/Prof Tim Baker, Dr Kate Kloot

Western Alliance

  • 2017: $34,987

Western Victoria PHN After Hours Telehealth Pilot Evaluation.

A/Prof Martin Hensher, Prof Marj Moodie, A/Prof Tim Baker, Prof Alison Hutchinson

Western Victoria Primary Health Network Limited

  • 2021: $8,000
  • 2020: $32,000
  • 2019: $43,500

Covid-19-Geographical equity in a pandemic.

Dr Kate Kloot, A/Prof Tim Baker, Dr Anna Wong Shee, Prof Vincent Versace

Western Alliance

  • 2020: $42,231

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2019

Kathryn Louise Kloot

Thesis entitled: Rural paramedic choice of destination hospital for paediatric patients

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), School of Medicine

2014

Benjamin Fisk

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

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), School of Medicine