Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit (APPMU)

  • Professor and Head, APPMU; Director, Melbourne Clinical and Translational Science Research Platform (MCATS)

    David Story
    T: +61 3 9035 3174
    E: dastory@unimelb.edu.au
    Location: Room 104, 202 Berkeley St, Parkville
    W: Personal web page

Research Overview

Located within the Melbourne Medical School, the Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit (APPMU) promotes multi-centre research with the Departments of Anaesthesia at the 14 hospitals affiliated with the University. APPMU also engages in collaborative and translational research with other clinical and biomedicine departments, and with the Clinical Trials Network of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). Areas of particular interest include measures to improve long term patient recovery after surgery through evidence-based perioperative care and pain medicine.

Staff

Anna Parker, APPMU Manager, MBioeth, MA, BA(Hons)
Dr Jai Darvall, PhD student
Dr Marissa Fergusson, MMed student
Dr Forbes McGain, PhD student (completed)
Dr Neda Taghizadeh, PhD student
Phung To, PhD student
A/Prof Laurence Weinberg, PhD student

Honorary appointments

Prof Kate Leslie
Prof Bernhard Reidel
Prof David Scott
Prof Daryl Williams

A/Prof David Andrews
A/Prof Michael Barrington
A/Prof Andrew Bjorksten
A/Prof Lisbeth Evered
A/Prof Malcolm Hogg
A/Prof David Pescod
A/Prof Reny Segal
A/Prof Laurence Weinberg

Dr Kara Allen
Dr Megan Allen
Dr Lahiru Amaratunge
Dr Jason Chou
Dr Dean Cowie
Dr Oliver Daly
Dr Louise Ellard
Dr Robyn Gillies
Dr Jonathan Graham
Dr Elizabeth Hessian
Dr Jonathon Hiller
Dr Brad Hockey
Dr Raymond Hu
Dr Andrew Huang
Dr Hilmy Ismail
Dr Andrew Jeffreys
Dr Charles Kim
Dr Juliana Kok
Dr Anthony Leaver
Dr Keat Lee
Dr Irene Ng
Dr Martin Nguyen
Dr Brett Pearce
Dr Elizabeth Pemberton
Dr Tuong Phan
Dr Ben Slater
Dr Chong Tan
Dr Rowan Thomas
Dr David Tremewan
Dr Alistair Walpole

Collaborators

Prof Rinaldo Bellomo
Prof George Braitberg
Prof Philip Clarke
Prof Michael Fischer
Prof John Hajek

A/Prof Linda Denehy
A/Prof Julie Simpson
A/Prof Robyn Woodward Kron

Dr Douglas Boyle
Ms Sabine Braat
Dr Kim Dalziel
Dr Jo-anne Hughson
Dr Emily Karahalios
Dr Karen Lamb
Dr Wally Smith
Ms Michelle Tew
Dr Greg Wadley

Funding

Office of Research Ethics and Integrity, The University of Melbourne, Ethics and Integrity Development Grant, 2016. Woodward-Kron R, Hughson J, Parker A, Bresin A, Hajek J, Knoch U, Phan T, Story D. Let’s talk about medical research: Research equity for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) older patients.

Western Health Research Grant 2016. Daly JO, Bennett J , Ostaszkiewicz P, Story D, Joyce D. MINisling Insertion in Ambulatory settings under Local anaesthetic (MINImAL) feasibility study: A qualitative study comparing patient attitudes to three modes of anaesthesia for the insertion of mid-urethral slings to treat women with stress urinary incontinence.

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Academic Enhancement Grant, 2015. Story, D. Emerging Projects for the Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit (APPMU)  at The University of Melbourne.

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Trials Network Pilot Grant 2015. Allen M, Parker A, Story D. C-CaFe pilot study.

Macedon Ranges North Western Melbourne Medicare Local Grant, 2015. Story D, Daly O, Liberatore R, Abbey C, Blake K, Hajek J, Smith W, Ploderer B, Parker A,  Kerr C. We HELP: Western e-HEaLth patient information portal for Pregnancy.

NHMRC Project Grant (APP1079501) 2014. Corcoran T, Myles P, Bellomo R, Forbes A, The Perioperative ADministration of Dexamethasone and Infection: The PADDI trial (Story D, AI).

Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI) seed funding, 2014. Story D, Hajek J, Knoch U,  Woodward-Kron R, Phan T. Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Ethics and Research resources (The CALDER Pilot Study).

Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne, MMS Research Seed Funding Grant, 2013. Story D, Martin-Sanchez F, Wlodek M, Teale G, Gerace E, Hessian E.The effect of Health Informatics on maternal weight stabilization at an obesity and pregnancy clinic; a pilot study (The Hi MUM pilot).

Office of Research Ethics and Integrity, The University of Melbourne, Ethics and Integrity Development Grant, 2013. Story D.Survey of approval processes for HRECs at University of Melbourne affiliated hospitals.

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Trials Group Pilot Grant, 2013. Story D.Pilot grant application: Association between maternal size and outcomes for caesarean section; a multicentre prospective observational study (The MUM SIZE Study) – A Pilot Study.

Austin Medical Research Foundation Grant, 2013. Weinberg, Irenio, Story Peyton, McNicol.Fluid intervention for cadaveric renal transplantation.

NHMRC Project Grant (APP1043755) 2013. Myles P, Bellomo R, Forbes A, Corcoran T, Christophi C, Peyton P, Story D.Restrictive versus Liberal Fluid Therapy in Major Abdominal Surgery: The RELIEF Trial.

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Research Grant, 2013. McGain F, Story D.A life cycle assessment of reusable and single use laryngoscopes.

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Trials Group Pilot Grant, 2012. Cowie D, Story D, Nazareth J. Cerebral Oximetry to Reduce Morbidity (CORM) – a pilot trial.

NHMRC Translating Research Into Practice (Trip) Fellowship (APP1035729) 2012. To, P:Improving the management of regular medications when patients are fasting or nil by mouth. Project Mentor, Story D.

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Publications

Darvall J, Parker A, Story D. Feasibility and acceptability of remotely monitored pedometer-guided physical activity. Anaesth Intensive Care 2016. 44:4.

Hughson J, Woodward-Kron R, Parker A, Bresin A, Hajek J, Knoch U, Phan T, Story D. A review of approaches to improve participation of culturally and linguistically diverse populations in clinical trials. Trials May 2016, 17: 263.

Woodward-Kron R, Hughson J, Parker A, Bresin A, Hajek J, Knoch U, Phan T, Story D. Culturally and linguistically diverse populations in medical research: perceptions and experiences of older Italians, their families, ethics administrators and researchers. Journal of Public Health Research, Special lssue, April 2016. 5: 667, 43-51.

Story D. (Open Mind) Stewart acid-base: a simple bedside approach. Anesthesia and Analgesia (IN PRESS, Accepted December 2015).

Story D, Botz G, Jones D. The Role of Rapid Response Teams in the Postoperative Care of the High-Risk Cancer Patient.  Current Anesthesiology Reports, Published online July 8, 2015.

Taghizadeh N, Davidson A, Williams K, Story D. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and its preoperative management. Paediatric Anaesthesia. 2015, 25(11):1076-84.

Hubbard R, Story D. Frailty, the elephant in the OR. Anaesthesia. 2014, 69 (Suppl. 1), 26–34.

Carter J, Story D. Veterinary and human anaesthesia, an overview of some parallels and contrasts. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. 2013; 41: 710-718.

Jones D, Hilman K, Mitchell I, Story D. Defining Clinical Deterioration. Resuscitation. 2013; 84: 1029-1034.

Story D. Postoperative complications in Australia and New Zealand (the REASON study).Perioperative Medicine, 2013; 2:16.

Tay S, Spain B, Morandell K, Gilson J, Weinberg L, Story D.  Functional evaluation and practice survey to guide purchasing of intravenous cannulae.. BMC Anesthesiology 2013, 13:49.

McGain F, Algie CM, O’Toole J, Lim TF, Mohebbi M , Story DA,. Leder K. The environmental and microbiological impacts of washing anaesthesia breathing circuits less frequently. Anaesthesia (IN PRESS, accepted September 2013).

To P, Story D, Booth J, Nielson F, Heland MN,  Hardige A.  Oral Medication Administration in Patients with Restricted Oral Intake–A Snapshot Survey. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research (IN PRESS, Accepted August 2013).

The Austin Health Post-Operative Surveillance Team (POST) Investigators. Audit of co-management and critical care outreach for high risk post-operative patients (The POST audit). Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 2013; 41: 793-798 .

Tan C, Botha C, Weinberg L, Story D. Computerized tomographic anatomical relationships of the  thoracic paravertebral space. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. 2013; 27: 1315-20.

Story D, Lees L, Weinberg L, Teoh SY, Lee K, Velissaris S, Bellomo R, Wilson S. Cognitive changes after saline or Plasmalyte infusion in healthy volunteers: a multiple blinded, randomized, cross-over trial. Anesthesiology, 2013; 119: 569-75.

Tay S, Weinberg L, Peyton P, Story D, Briedis J. Financial and Environmental Costs of Manual versus Automated Control of End-Tidal Gas Concentrations. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. 2013; 41: 95-101.

Shelton A, Jones D, Story D, Heland M, Bellomo R. Survey of attitudes of nurses and junior doctors to co-management of high risk surgical patients. Contemporary Nurse. 2013;  44: 189–195.

Tan C, Weinberg L, Peyton, P, Story D, McNicol L. Size Variation Between Contralateral infraclavicular axillary veins within individual patients - implications for subclavian venous central line insertion. Critical Care Medicine. 2013; 41: 457-463.

Karalapillai ,Story  D,  Hart GK ,  Bailey  M,  Pilcher  D,  Schneider A, Kaufman M, Cooper  DJ, Bellomo  R.. Post-operative Hypothermia and Major Outcomes after Elective Non-cardiac Surgery. Anaesthesia. 2013: 68: 605-611.

Yunos N, Bellomo R, Hegarty C,  Story D, Bailey M. comparison of the renal effects of two intravenous chloride management strategies in intensive care patients (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT 00885404). JAMA. 2012; 308: 1566-1572.

McGain F, McAlister S, McGavin A, Story D.  A Life Cycle Assessment of Reusable and Single Use Central Venous Catheter Insertion Kits. Anaesthesia and Analgesia.  2012;114:1073-1080.

McGain F, White S, Mossenson S, Kayak E, Story S. A Survey of Anesthesiolgists’ Views of Operating Room Recycling. Anaesthesia and Analgesia 2012;114:1049–54.

Yunos NM, Kim IB, Bellomo R, Bailey M, Ho L, Story D, Gutteridge GA, Hart GK. The Biochemical Effects of Restricting Chloride-Rich Fluids in Intensive Care (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT 00885404). Critical Care Medicine. 2011; 39: 2419-2424.

Research Projects


Areas of Excellence

Integrated Critical Medicine


Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact
David Story.

Department / Centre

Medicine and Radiology