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Dr Paul Buntine is the Director of Emergency Medicine research for Eastern Health in Melbourne, and an Emergency Physician at Box Hill hospital. He has an adjunct position as senior lecturer at Monash university. He has extensive experience in driving local quality improvement projects and is clinical lead of the highly successful No Unnecessary Tests (NUTs) project at Eastern Health. he has been invited to speak at a number of national forums on topics related to improving diagnostic decision making and won the 2016 Victorian Public Healthcare Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety for his work on safely reducing medical testing. Paul has considerable local and multi site research experience and has been involved in a number of successful research and quality improvement grants.


In addition to his recent role as an advisory board member for the Safer Care Victoria Choosing Wisely collaboration, Dr Buntine has spoken at a number of Bi-national Emergency Medicine forums and national Choosing Wisely webinars and is a committee member of the Monash Partners Emergency Medicine theme. He has led the Eastern Health “No Unnecessary Tests” project for the past 5 years and is actively involved with Choosing wisely Australia and the Monash University undergraduate medical program, providing regular educational lectures and talks on this topic at a local, state and national level. Through his role as Director of Emergency Medicine Research at Eastern Health he leads a large number of active translational research projects across three large metropolitan Emergency Departments. He has been site leader in a number of recent influential research projects including a study of conservative versus interventional treatment for spontaneous pneumothorax (Brown et al) and the ARISE Fluids project that explored the management of early sepsis across Australian Emergency Departments (Keijzers et al). The Eastern Health NUTs project led by Dr Buntine has resulted in an ongoing sustained reduction in low value medical testing across the organization. Widespread sharing of these outcomes with other health services across Australia has resulted in significant brand recognition of this project and formal integration via a number of Safer Care Victoria test reduction projects in EDs across Victoria in 2019-2020.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Decision Support
  • Back pain
  • Cardiology
  • Behaviour Change

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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