Support provided by the

Emergency Care Foundation

Sponsoring the New Zealand Emergency Medicine Network


A collaborative research network for acute care in New Zealand


Emergency Medicine was a specialty without a formal, national and international connection. The idea of a New Zealand-wide network with links to other countries grew into a structured group of over 25 members that meets regularly and has momentum to start, support and follow through a wide variety of research projects in the field of Emergency Medicine.


The Emergency Care Foundation is a proud sponsor of the New Zealand Emergency Medicine Network, which is a group of individuals linked by common goals to foster discovery and advance the art and science of emergency medicine.


Sponsoring the Rhise Database project


Rhise - Researcing the Health Implications of Seismic Events


The Rhise Group is an inclusive Canterbury-wide collaborative established after the February 22nd earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The impact of the earthquake on the health system, and the system’s response, have provided insights of international interest.


The Emergency Care Foundation has provided funding for resources and staff time, and for specific activities such as the 2013 Rhise Symposium, the 2016 People in Disasters Conference and a number of publications.



Sponsoring The Chirnside Morton Prize


I want to be all that I am capable of becoming
– Catherine Mansfield


The Christchurch School of Medicine was the first medical school in Australasia to have Emergency Medicine as a formal part of the undergraduate curriculum, following the appointment of Australasia’s first Emergency Medicine academic in 1990.

This appointment came about because of the foresight and initiative of Mr Alan Chirnside, then Director of Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department, and Professor John Morton, then Head of the Department of Surgery at the Christchurch School of Medicine. They recognised that increasing specialisation of the traditional teaching disciplines was limiting the students experience and that the new speciality of Emergency Medicine combined excellent experience with enthusiastic teaching.


The Chirnside-Morton prize, named for the contribution of these two pioneers, is awarded to the 4th year medical student at the Christchurch School of Medicine with the best overall performance in Emergency Medicine. We believe this award encourages our young doctors to strive for excellence in emergency care, and we have made it our mission to ensure that this prize continues to be awarded over the next ten years. Sharing our interest in continuing this tradition, Lane Neave has kindly provided the funding needed to continue the 2018 prize.

This year the prize was awarded to Emma Jeffs. Emma performed exceptionally during her Emergency Medicine attachment, with excellent performance when seeing patients in the Emergency Department with her supervising doctors and in the Emergency Medicine components of her assessment.


Emergency Medicine saves lives, and through endeavours such as the Chirnside Morton Prize, we and Lane Neave are ensuring that our future doctors are trained to provide the best level of emergency care possible.




The Foundation has improved Emergency Health Care through education and innovation.


The Foundation provided training mannequins for doctors and nurses at Christchurch Hospital to learn and practice resuscitation of adults and children. The mannequins are computerised life-like models, allowing rehearsal of difficult resuscitations, just as a pilot might practice difficult landings in a flight simulator.




The 2011 Canterbury Earthquakes gave rise to many innovations in terms of patient triaging, diagnosis and care. The Foundation has been able to respond by providing battery-powered equipment which would be greatly beneficial in periods of unreliable grid or generator power.

Emma Jeffs, winner of the 2018

Chirnside Morton Prize