Dr Megan Brooks attended the University of Adelaide for her undergraduate Medical Degree. She commenced as an Intern at Flinders Medical Centre in 2003, and discovered a love of Emergency Medicine shortly after. She continued her training at FMC, but also spent time working in Broken Hill and other regional/remote centres, and gained an appreciation of the challenges and joys of working in the non-tertiary setting. In 2008 she, and her fellow ED Trainee husband, moved to Coffs Harbour and undertook two years further training. They returned to Adelaide in 2010 with a 2 week old son. She completed her ED training at FMC, including a rotation in Psychiatry.
After qualifing as an Emergency Physician in 2013, she was offered a Consultant position at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. During the steep learning curve of being a newly qualified Emergency Physician in an unfamiliar hospital, she discovered a passion for ensuring that processes surrounding patient care supported front line clinicians to provide timely, and good quality care. This is particularly important in the Emergency Department where there is 24/7 demand, and the challenges of having less senior staff practicing at night with the associated fatigue – processes have to be “3am-proof”. Megan is a patient advocate for patient centred care and the role of the clinician in informing choices about design and management of health resources. She is also passionate in her promotion of Emergency Medicine and it’s pivotal role in the care of critically unwell and undifferentiated patients.
In recognition of her advocacy for patients with Mental Illness in the Emergency Department she was one of three finalists for the Dr Margaret Tobin Award for Excellence in Mental Health by SA Health in 2015. Megan was also awarded Emergency Physician of the Year for the SA Faculty of ACEM in 2015 in recognition for her contribution to Emergency Medicine in SA.
Soon after returning from maternity leave in 2017 she became more involved in the formulation of the workflows for the Emergency Department at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and undertook the role of the New RAH Clinical Champion which provided an opportunity to meet with like minded peers across many disciplines.
Not one to take the easy road, Megan became the Director of the Royal Adelaide Emergency Department in in July 2017, and was integral in the opening of the new ED two months later. She continues to undertake regular clinical work and is a fervent believer in ‘leading from the front’ and the need for clinical leaders to be present when circumstances are most challenging (not just in business hours). She continues to strive for excellence in patient care through the development of simple and efficient patient centred processes and promoting Emergency Medicine as the pivotal interface between the community and the hospital.
When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her (very patient) Emergency Physician husband John and two children.
Topics being presented at EMSA 2018: Access Block