Athanasios Flabouris

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


My research focus is on Health Services Research, in particular pre hospital aeromedical response, how hospitals are structured to respond to acute patient deterioration and describing peri-operative admissions to Intensive Care, and Intensive Care utilisation.  

My research output ranges from local, based studies to larger multidisciplinary collaborations and supporting higher degree students. I have collaborated with large research groups from the Simpson Centre for Health Service Innovation, University of New South Wales and the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group.

The output of research projects I have been involved with has been significant. They have been influential, both locally and nationally, informing national guidelines and hospital accreditation processes, such as the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, specifically the Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration standards and associated training competencies, and the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission Between the Flags Program. Furthermore the research output has impacted upon local health service development and delivery, as well as at an international level.  

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Medical Clinical Lead, Medical Emergency Response Service Royal Adelaide Hospital
    2004 Clinical Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2003 Staff Specialist Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Greek, Modern (1453-) Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1986 University of Adelaide Australia MB BS
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    MD University of Adelaide Australia

The evaluation of the impact of a world-first state-wide program in reducing cardiac arrests and other adverse events in Emergency Departments in New South Wales. In Conjunction with the Simpson Centre for Health Service Innovation. Jack Chen (CIA) , Ken Hillman (CIB), Arthas Flabouris (CIC), John Sammut (CID) Partnership Projects grant. NHMRC approval for $471,409 in November 2016 (NHMRC ID APP1133781). In addition, $150,000 from Australian Heart Foundation

Preoperative predictors of early postoperative adverse events. Anaesthesia, Royal Adelaide Hospital and University of Adelaide, North Terrace Adelaide, SA. Ludbrook G (CIA), Flabouris A (CIB), Painter T (CIC). $37K  ANZCA Project Grant Simulation/Education (Grant ID 13/20). 2013

Standardized patient observation charts, triggered clinical reviews and the prevention of serious patient adverse events. Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Fund Grant - $19,250.00

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery undergraduate students and supervision of Higher Degree students (both Masters and PhD level) at the University of Adelaide School of medicine.

Intensive Care based trainees and other speciality medical trainees, for whom I deliver structured theoretical based educational sessions, simulation based training and assessment, review of selected journal articles and clinical bedside teaching and supervision

Past examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) Primary Examination, at which I not only examine but set written and oral questions. As past Chair, of the Primary Examination Committee and prior Deputy Chair of the inaugural Primary Examination Committee I was involved in the development of the foundation Primary Exam syllabus, its subsequent re-evaluation and evolution into its second edition, as well the Primary examination processes itself. 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Principal Supervisor Intensive Care Utilisation After Elective Surgical Procedures in Australia and New Zealand. Master of Clinical Science Master Part Time Dr Philip Emerson
    2019 Principal Supervisor Detecting and Responding to Acute Clinical Deterioration by Hospital Inpatients and their Carers Master of Clinical Science Master Part Time Ms Lisa Ngaire Thiele
    2018 Co-Supervisor Standardised patient observation and response charts have been widely developed and implemented with little clinical evidence of their efficacy. We seek to determine their utility in detecting deterioration and their impact on adverse patient outcomes. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Alice O'Connell
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Diurnal variation in the performance of rapid response systems Master of Philosophy (Clinical Science) Master Full Time Dr Krishnaswamy Sundararajan
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Chair CALHN Standard 8 Committee - Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration Central Adelaide Local Health Network Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member Medicine Admissions Working Group University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 - ongoing Member CALHN Intensive Care Network Safety and Quality Committee Central Adelaide Local Health Network Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Medical Lead, Medical Emergency Response Service Royal Adelaide Hospital Australia
    2003 - ongoing Staff Specialist, Intensive Care Royal Adelaide Hospital Australia

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