Associate Professor Peter Jones

MBChB, MSc(Oxon), PhD, FACEM


Peter is the Director of Emergency Medicine Research at Auckland City Hospital. He has MSc in Evidence Based Healthcare from Oxford University and a PhD in Health Sciences from the University of Auckland. He has served on several Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) committees including the Clinical Trials Group, the Trainee Research Committee (chair), the Quality Committee, the Overcrowding Committee and the Scientific Committee. He currently sits on the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) Research Committee. He has published over 100 articles in the peer reviewed literature and presented more than 60 times at national and international conferences. He chairs the NZ Emergency Medicine Network for research and is currently seconded to New Zealand’s Ministry of Health as the clinical lead for acute hospital care. He has wide research collaborations nationally and internationally, with a broad range of research interests including analgesia, sepsis, thrombosis, acute coronary syndromes, dyspnoea, oxygen therapy, trauma, ED crowding, equity and health systems. He has experience in survey research, observational research, randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews.

Research | Current

The Emergency Department (ED) Safety Study (HRC 18/468): This study aims to find out the frequency, type and severity of adverse events (AE) during ED care in nine hospitals throughout Aotearoa/NZ. Whether AE are preventable and the patient and system factors underlying preventable AE will bre determined.

ARISE FLUIDS: The Australasian Resuscitation in Sepsis Evaluation Fluids or Vasopressors In ED Sepsis trial is an MRFF funded multicentre binational RCT will recruit 1000 participants to find out whether outcomes are better for patients with septic shock presenting to ED if vasopressors are started early rather than after large fluid volumes, which is current practice in many sites.

The Face Touch Study: At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic advice from the Ministry of Health and the DHBs was that ED staff should not wear masks as this might increase face touching and hence risk of viral infection due to hand-mucosal transmission. We are observing staff in the ED using CCTV to determine whether mask wearing increases or decreases face and mucosal touching, this study is supported by a small project grant from the A+Trust (A+8911).

Postgraduate supervision

Associate Professor Jones has successfully supervised/co-supervised four Masters students since 2018 (all successsfully completed with 'A' grades) and is currently co-supervising Mr Jiayi (Jay) Gong's PhD Persistent opioid use and opioid-related harm after hospital admissions for surgery and trauma in New Zealand (HRC 21/056) and is an advisor for Dr Eunicia Tan's PhD Effects of antipyretics on respiratory disease and eczema in infancy


2017 John Gilroy Potts award for best published paper in emergency medicine by a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emegency Medicine for the study Impact of a National Target for ED Length of Say on Patient Outcomes (HRC 10/156)

2017 Edward Brentnall award for best public health paper in emergency medicine by a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emegency Medicine for the study Impact of a National Target for ED Length of Say on Patient Outcomes (HRC 10/156)

2018 Morson Taylor Research Grant for the study Paracetamol Alone versus combination Analgesia for Pain in the Emergency Department

Areas of expertise

Research methods, health system, emegency medicine, emergency department crowding, resuscitation, trauma, acute respiratory illness, oxygen therapy, sepsis, venous thromboembolism

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2017-current: Clinical Lead for Acute Hospital Care, Ministry of Health.

2007-current: Emergency Medicine Specialist and Director of Emergency Medicine Research, Auckland City Hospital

2013-current: Chair of NZ Emergency Medicine Network

2019-current Member of International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) task force on ED crowding

2018-2020 Chair of ACEM Committee reviewing Time-based Targets for ED length of stay

2019-current Member of IFEM research committee

2017-current Member of IFEM quality committee

2011-curent Member (ex Chair) of ACEM Trainee Research Committee


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Iwashita, M., Waqanivavalagi, S., Merz, T., & Jones, P. (2020). Eligibility criteria for extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation at Auckland City Hospital: A retrospective cohort study. EMERGENCY MEDICINE AUSTRALASIA10.1111/1742-6723.13649
  • Jones, P., Roberts, S., Hotu, C., & Kamona, S. (2020). What proportion of healthcare worker masks carry virus? A systematic review. Emergency medicine Australasia : EMA, 32 (5), 823-829. 10.1111/1742-6723.13581
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cheri Hotu
  • Jones, P., Kelly, A.-M., Keijzers, G., Klim, S., Holdgate, A., Graham, C. A., ... AANZDEM Study Group (2020). Chronic disease management in emergency department patients presenting with dyspnoea. Emergency medicine Australasia : EMA10.1111/1742-6723.13625
  • Scott, G., Gong, J., Kirkpatrick, C., & Jones, P. (2020). Systematic review and meta-analysis of oral paracetamol versus combination oral analgesics for acute musculoskeletal injuries. Emergency medicine Australasia : EMA10.1111/1742-6723.13596
  • Jones, P., Lamdin, R., & Dalziel, S. R. (2020). Oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs versus other oral analgesic agents for acute soft tissue injury. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 810.1002/14651858.cd007789.pub3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rain Lamdin
  • Rousseau, G., Keijzers, G., van Meer, O., Craig, S., Karamercan, M., Klim, S., ... Jones, P. (2020). Epidemiology, treatment and outcome of patients with lower respiratory tract infection presenting to emergency departments with dyspnoea (AANZDEM and EuroDEM studies). Emergency medicine Australasia : EMA10.1111/1742-6723.13567
  • Keijzers, G., Macdonald, S. P., Udy, A. A., Arendts, G., Bailey, M., Bellomo, R., ... Delaney, A. (2020). The Australasian Resuscitation In Sepsis Evaluation: Fluids or vasopressors in emergency department sepsis (ARISE FLUIDS), a multi-centre observational study describing current practice in Australia and New Zealand. Emergency medicine Australasia : EMA, 32 (4), 586-598. 10.1111/1742-6723.13469
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Eunicia Tan
  • Tenbensel, T., Jones, P., Chalmers, L., Ameratunga, S., & Carswell, P. (2020). If Gaming is the Problem, Is "Complexity Thinking" the Answer? A Response to the Recent Commentaries. International journal of health policy and management10.34172/ijhpm.2020.95
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tim Tenbensel, Shanthi Ameratunga

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 2, Room 2038
New Zealand