Winners of the 2015 Sir Edmund Herring Scholarships

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Damien Dambrosi and Dr Rene Stolwyk receive Sir Edmund Herring Scholarships


RACV’s annual Sir Edmund Herring Scholarship commenced in 1983 and since its beginning has assisted 70 health care professionals to research, establish practical applications or develop preventive programs to prevent road trauma and improve the quality of care for road trauma victims.

This year the scholarship recipients are Damien Dambrosi and Dr Rene Stolwyk. Dr Stolwyk is a Monash University lecturer and clinical neuropsychologist, who will assess whether simulated driving training before on-road driving rehabilitation can improve driving rehabilitation for people with traumatic brain injury.

He believes participants undergoing simulated training before on-road assessment will:

  • report more confidence before on-road driving rehabilitation
  • require fewer on-road rehabilitation sessions, and
  • successfully complete driving rehabilitation quicker and more cost effectively.

Damien Dambrosi, a Monash University lecturer and MICA Paramedic clinical instructor will investigate the use of ketamine, an anaesthetic drug, as a pre-hospital analgesic in emergency aeromedical responses.

Adding ketamine to the list of analgesic drugs paramedics can use is expected to benefit patients in reducing or resolving their pain as early as possible. The project will have potentially significant benefit for victims of road trauma in the pre-hospital phase of their care.

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Written by RoyalAuto
November 11, 2015