Judith Finn


  • The University of Western Australia (M516), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Prof Finn is the Director of the Preshospital, Resuscitation and Emergency Care Research Unit (PRECRU) at Curtin University. Judith has a strong track record in resuscitation research and a long affiliation with the Internatioanl Liaison Committee on resuscitation (ILCOR). Judith was the inaugural Director of the Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (Aus-ROC) – a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (Australia) in 2012-2017;  based in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, in Melbourne (Victoria). 

Prior to moving to Curtin University in 2013, Judith was employed as a Research Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UWA. 
Previously (2007-2010) Judith was the inaugural Chair of Nursing Research at UWA, in conjunction with Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Director of Postgraduate Studies / Deputy Head of School within the UWA School of Population Health (2004-2007).

Judith is a critical care registered nurse and midwife who worked as a nurse academic in Adelaide (Uni SA and Flinders Uni) and Townsville (JCU) prior to moving to Perth to live in 1994. Judith completed a PhD in epidemiology at UWA in 2002, using WA ambulance data linked to WA hospital and death records. In addition to a PhD (UWA) Judith also holds degrees in Science (BSc(Adel): majoring in Zoology and Psychology); Education (MEdStudies(Adel); Public Health (GradDipPH(Adel)); and Nursing (DipAppSc(Nsg); RN; RM and Intensive Care Nursing Certificate)

Roles and responsibilities

Clinical Epidemiology

Future research

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes
Pre-hospital clinical trials

Previous positions

Research Professor,
School of Nursing & Midwifery / Sansom Institute,
University of South Australia, Mar-Oct 2010

Winthrop Professor / Chair of Nursing Research
UWA School of Population Health / SCGH Nursing Services, 2007-2010

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Epidemiology, UWA School of Population Health 2002-2006

Nurse Coordinator – Nursing Research
Royal Perth Hospital 2000-2002

Research Associate
Department of Public Health The University of Western Australia 1997-2000

Senior Research Officer
Epidemiology & Analytical Services
Health Department of Western Australia 1996-1997

Lecturer (Nursing)
School of Nursing, University of South Australia 1995

Current projects

NHMRC Leadership Fellow (Investigator grant) "Improving outcomes after cardiac arrest: strengthening the chain of survival"

MRFF grant (CIA=Prof Tony Celenza @ UWA) "OPERATE: Older Persons Early Recognition Access and Treatment in Emergencies". 


Clincial Epidemiology
Resuscitation outcomes,education & policy
Pre-hospital and emergency care
Cardiovascular epidemiology
Critical care outcomes research
Acute care nursing practice
Nursing-related patient outcomes



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
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Critical/acute care outcomes
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Nursing practice


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