James Malycha

James Malycha

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr James Malycha completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Adelaide in 2004. Dr Malycha undertook his basic Intensive Care Medicine training at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne from 2010 - 2013 before moving to continue his advanced training in Oxford, UK from 2014 - 2019. Dr Malycha was appointed as Clinical Research Fellow within the Kadoorie Centre for Critical Care Research and Education, University of Oxford, and began his PhD in January 2017, which has been conducted with financial and academic support from the University of Oxford and University of Adelaide. He became a Fellow of the Intensive Care Society of Australia and New Zealand in 2018 and a Locum Consultant at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford in 2019. Dr Malycha was appointed Consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2020 and currently Chairs the Medical Emergency Response Committee. He is a Deputy Chief Medical Information Officer for SA Health and heads the 'Deteriorating Ward Patient' work program.

Dr Malycha is active in research in the field of patient deterioration, rapid response systems, prognostic risk algorithms, health systems analysis and user interface development for digital clinical tools. His overall research goals are to improve patient care for those most at risk of avoidable adverse events while in hospital, to increase safety, efficiency and effectiveness of rapid response systems and to harness the power of electronic patient record data to improve patient care.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 Deputy Chief Medical Information Officer SA Health
    2019 Consultant SA Health
    2019 Honorary Clinical Research Fellow University of Oxford
    2017 PhD Candidate University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2019 Clinical Research Fellow University of Oxford
    2011 - 2012 Residential Tutor and Faculty Member University of Melbourne
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Research Award The Thomas Willis Early Career Research Prize (Runner-Up) University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, United Kingdom 500 GBP
    2018 Award Oxford Regional Intensive Care Society Spring Meeting, Best Poster, Foundation Doctor Poster Prize (Supervisor) Oxford University Hospitals Trust United Kingdom
    2018 Award Best of the Abstracts The International Society of Rapid Response Systems and The National Outreach Forum, Rapid Response 2018 Conference, United Kingdom
    2005 Award Department of Imaging: Resident/Intern Prize Royal Perth Hospital Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2018 College of Intensive Care Medicine Australia FCICM
    2004 University of Adelaide Australia MBBS
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2014 Focused Intensive Care Echocardiography Intensive Care Society United Kingdom
    2003 Certificate of Teaching English as a Foreign Langu Oxford TEFL
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Malycha, J., Murphy, D., Barker, G., Ludbrook, G., Young, J., & Watkinson, P. (2019). Using real-time location devices (RTLD) to quantify off-unit adult intensive care registrar workload: a 1-year tertiary NHS hospital prospective observational study. Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing.
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    2019 Malycha, J., Bonnici, T., Clifton, D., Ludbrook, G., Young, J., & Watkinson, P. (2019). Patient centred variables with univariate associations with unplanned ICU admission: A systematic review. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 19(1), 1-9.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2019 Malycha, J., Redfern, O., Ludbrook, G., Young, D., & Watkinson, P. (2019). Testing a digital system that ranks the risk of unplanned intensive care unit admission in all ward patients: Protocol for a prospective observational cohort study. BMJ Open, 9(9), e032429.
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    2019 Malycha, J., Farajidavar, N., Pimentel, M., Redfern, O., Clifton, D., Tarassenko, L., . . . Watkinson, P. (2019). The effect of fractional inspired oxygen concentration on early warning score performance: A database analysis. Resuscitation, 139, 192-199.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2019 Pimentel, M., Smith, G., Redfern, O., Gerry, S., Collins, G., Malycha, J., . . . Watkinson, P. (2019). Reply to: NEWS2 needs to be tested in prospective trials involving patients with confirmed hypercapnia. Resuscitation, 139, 371-372.
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    2019 Pimentel, M. A., Redfern, O. C., Gerry, S., Collins, G. S., Malycha, J., Prytherch, D., . . . Watkinson, P. J. (2019). A comparison of the ability of the National Early Warning Score and the National Early Warning Score 2 to identify patients at risk of in-hospital mortality: a multi-centre database study. Resuscitation, 134, 147-156.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS19 Europe PMC5
    2019 Subbe, C., Bannard-Smith, J., Bunch, J., Champunot, R., DeVita, M., Durham, L., . . . Welch, J. (2019). Corrigendum to “Quality metrics for the evaluation of Rapid Response Systems: Proceedings from the third international consensus conference on Rapid Response Systems” [Resuscitation 141 (2019) 1–12](S0300957219301807)(10.1016/j.resuscitation.2019.05.012). Resuscitation, 145, 93-94.
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    2019 Subbe, C., Bannard-Smith, J., Bunch, J., Champunot, R., DeVita, M., Durham, L., . . . Welch, J. (2019). Quality metrics for the evaluation of Rapid Response Systems: Proceedings from the third international consensus conference on Rapid Response Systems. Resuscitation, 141, 1-12.
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    2019 Smith, G., Redfern, O., Pimentel, M., Gerry, S., Collins, G., Malycha, J., . . . Watkinson, P. (2019). The National Early warning Score 2 (NEWS2). Clinical Medicine, Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London, 19(3), 260.
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    2017 Malycha, J., Bonnici, T., Sebekova, K., Petrinic, T., Young, D., & Watkinson, P. (2017). Variables associated with unplanned general adult ICU admission in hospitalised patients: Protocol for a systematic review. Systematic Reviews, 6(1), 4 pages.
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    2015 Malycha, J., & Colebourn, C. (2015). Repatriated patient with leptospirosis and severe iron deficiency. Journal of the Intensive Care Society, 16(4), 359.
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2017 Keble College, University of Oxford, 4th Year Medical Student, Clinical Tutor
2014 John Radcliffe Hospital ICU Oxford Simulation, Training and Research (OxSTAR) Safe Patient Transfer Course, Instructor
2014 John Radcliffe Hospital ICU Acute Life-Threatening Event, Recognition and Treatment (ALERT), Instructor
2013 Royal Adelaide Hospital ICU Basic Intensive Care Medicine (BICMED), Instructor
2013 Royal Adelaide Hospital ICU Simulation, Instructor
2012 St Vincent’s Hospital ICU Resident Education Course, Designer, Coordinator and Instructor
2011 – 12 St Vincent’s Hospital ICU Teaching Coordinator
2011 – 12 Ormond College, University of Melbourne, Residential Tutor and Post Graduate Medical Student Course Coordinator
2006 Intern Orientation Week, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Tutor
2003 Teaching English as Foreign Language, Oxford House, Barcelona, Spain


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