Workshop: How to better develop cross-network collaborations and linkages


ACTA, together with ACEM, will provide a workshop on developing cross-network collaborations and collaborating with a network to do research together. We hope to provide participants with a better understanding on how to network and collaborate with other networks, including doing research together. 

Presentation 1

MAGNET: The why, who, and how – developing cross-networks collaborations

Mental Health Australia General Clinical Trials Network (MAGNET) is Australia’s first facilitating clinical trials network in adult mental health. It is a collaboration between over 40 Australian leading institutes aiming to improve the quality, capacity, reach and translation of clinical trials in mental health. MAGNET’s core aim is to facilitate large-scale coordinated national and international clinical trials in recognised priority areas, and we have developed 7 platform resources to support clinical trials in mental health. Collaborative initiatives across various stakeholders, institutes, and networks are essential to addressing the complex challenges associated with mental health, advancing treatment options, building a sustainable infrastructure for MAGNET, and in turn, improving patient outcomes.


Professor Michael Berk

Professor Michael Berk is currently a NHMRC L3 research Fellow and is Alfred Deakin Chair of Psychiatry at Deakin University and Barwon Health, where he heads the Institute for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT). He also is an Honorary Professorial Research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health and Orygen Youth Health at Melbourne University, as well as in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He has published over 1600 papers and is listed by Thompson Reuters ISI as highly cited (2015-2023). His major interests are in the discovery and implementation of novel therapies.

Dr Ayla Barutchu

Dr Ayla Barutchu is currently the Executive Officer of Mental Health Australia General Clinical Trials Network (MAGNET). She was a postdoctoral researcher at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health before moving to the University of Oxford as a Marie Currie Fellow (IIF). She continued her work as a Lecturer in

Presentation 2

The PREDICT network: leveraging a national research network to complete multi-centre emergency department research ahead of schedule & under budget - the PEAChY-O RCT success story

PEAChY-O was a multi-centre study of young people presenting to the emergency department with behavioural disturbance. This comparative effectiveness trial aimed to determine if oral olanzapine was superior to oral diazepam in achieving behavioural containment in young people with behavioural disturbance. This study was run through the PREDICT network and reached its target accrual of 348 participants 15 months ahead of schedule and under budget. Elyssia will provide an overview of how PREDICT allowed for meaningful multicentre collaboration and overall research success in this study. 


Elyssia Bourke

Elyssia is an emergency physician working at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Grampians Health Ballarat. She is currently completing a PhD examining the optimal management of paediatric behavioural disturbance in the emergency department setting. Her research interest focuses on conducting comparative effectiveness trials to improve the level of evidence available for common management strategies used in the emergency department setting. In addition to her clinical role, she is a member of the PREDICT executive, the ACEM CTN and the ACEM research committee. She has had her first child six months ago and learning to juggle the motherhood/work combination has given her immense respect for all working parents!

Psychology at Somerville and Balliol Colleges, University of Oxford, before moving back to Australia. Her major interests are in translational cognitive neuroscience and the discovery of innovative perceptual and cognitive habilitation and rehabilitation strategies across the lifespan

Presentation 3

Developing a national research network for out of hospital cardiac arrest. The importance of a national registry to act as a platform for clinical trials


Peter Cameron

Peter Cameron is an emergency physician at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne with a strong interest in health services clinical research through Monash University.

He has been extensively involved in developing and researching the use of clinical quality registries for major trauma, burns, orthopaedics, blood and cardiac arrest. His research and trials interests have focused on prehospital care and trauma. He has held leadership positions as President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and the International Federation for Emergency Medicine.