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Luke D Lawton

A/Prof Luke Lawton ORCID logo

qualifications: BAppSc (Biochemistry) MBBS (Hons) MPH (Aeromedical Retrieval) FACEM

position: Director

department: Emergency

I am the co-Director of Emergency Medicine at the Townsville Hospital and also appointed as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry. I am also a practicing emergency medicine consultant (FACEM) who focuses on delivering quality patient centered care. The Townsville Hospital is one of the 15 busiest emergency departments in the country, with more than 90 000 presentations in the 2021 financial year. I provide leadership, management and governance for a team of approximately 120 doctors, as well as fiscal and operational oversight of the emergency department. My clinical interests are trauma, retrieval medicine and medical education, and I am also interested in patient flow and health systems improvement. I have experience in change management, risk analysis and case reviews, with a focus on identifying key change needs for future improvement. I also act as an expert witness in accordance with the relevant codes of conduct for expert witnesses and peer review articles for several international journals. I believe it is imperative that senior clinicians are engaged in health management and discussion to ensure a strategic, patient driven approach to service development. I am a published author, active educator and public speaker, clinical case consultant and expert witness, and am happy to be contacted for any information or assistance in these areas.


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Commentary 23 January 2022

Trauma care in the tropics: addressing gaps in treating injury in rural and remote Australia

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