Professor Karin Thursky, Co-Director of the Guidance Group at the Royal Melbourne Hospital has been awarded the Dame Kate Campbell Fellowship by the University of Melbourne.
Named after the Australian physician and paediatrician, the Fellowship recognises outstanding research performance. The Fellowship is awarded based on academic bench marking metrics, research impact, national and international research standing, leadership, engagement and adherence to the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences values and strategic priorities.
"This award is really a recognition of my contribution to health services research over the past 20 years in the area of antimicrobial stewardship and clinical pathways for infection management. It is also recognition of the amazing teams that work with me,” Prof. Thursky said.
“I hope that as a Kate Campbell Fellow that I can help to establish career pathways for other clinician researchers interested in health services and implementation research."
Primarily Prof. Thursky is a infectious diseases physician and clinician-researcher whose research spans paediatric and adult medicine, immunocompromised patients, primary and secondary healthcare, as well as veterinary antimicrobial stewardship.
In addition to her role at the RMH, Prof. Thursky is the Deputy Head of Infectious Diseases at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Director of the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, an NHMRC-Centre of Research Excellence.
She leads the implementation stream of the National Centre for Infections in Cancer, an NHMRC-Centre of Research Excellence based at Peter Mac, undertaking the implementation of clinical pathways for sepsis, neutropenic fever and antibiotic allergy management.
Recently, Prof. Thursky, as Clinical Lead of the ‘Think sepsis. Act fast.’ program at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, oversaw the primary site of the initiative, which saved the lives of 52 Victorians, reduced total hospital length of stay by 3,781 bed days and saved $11.7 million based on reduced length of stay and reduction in cost.