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Dr Helen Ackland is the Senior Clinical Trauma Research Fellow at the National Trauma Research Institute, and is the recipient of the Alfred-Monash ICU Research Fellowship. She has also received fellowships from the Transport Accident Commission and the Victorian Trauma Foundation for studies involving spinal injury assessment and imaging. Her research work on cervical spine trauma and ladder fall-related injuries has been conducted in collaboration with The Alfred hospital intensive care, emergency, radiology, neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery and trauma departments, and her research interests extend to work with the Monash Bionic Vision project, where she is a co-investigator on the ARC-funded project entitled andlsquo;3-Tesla MRI volumetric and diffusion tensor analyses of the primary visual cortex.'

Dr Ackland is also a lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, and after more than two decades of clinical experience, she is passionate about educating health professionals in the areas of public health, health policy and good research practice. She co-ordinates several units in undergraduate biomedical science and medicine, and in postgraduate public health.

External positions

Senior Clinical Trauma Research Fellow, Alfred Health

Senior Clinical Trauma Research Fellow, National Trauma Research Institute

Research area keywords

  • Cervical spine clearance
  • spine trauma
  • spinal imaging
  • ladder fall-related injuries

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Research Output

Time in Collars and Collar-Related Complications in Older Patients

Nakanishi, T., Mitra, B., Ackland, H., O'Reilly, G. & Cameron, P., Sep 2019, In : World Neurosurgery. 129, p. e478-e484 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Review article: Nexus criteria to rule out cervical spine injury among older patients: A systematic review

Paykin, G., O’reilly, G., Ackland, H. & Mitra, B., 1 Jan 2018, In : Emergency Medicine Australasia. 30, 4, p. 450-455 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Spinal clearance practices at a regional Australian hospital: A window to major trauma management performance outside metropolitan trauma centres

Carter, A. W., Jacups, S. P., Ackland, H. M., Wright, A., Lawson, A., Armit, D. & Mooney, R., 2017, In : Journal of Emergency Medicine Trauma & Acute Care. 2017, 1, 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

The NEXUS criteria are insufficient to exclude cervical spine fractures in older blunt trauma patients

Paykin, G., O'Reilly, G., Ackland, H. M. & Mitra, B., 1 May 2017, In : Injury. 48, 5, p. 1020-1024 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)


  • 10 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Contribution to conference