Emergency department presentations during the State of Origin rugby league series: a retrospective statewide analysis

Jeremy S Furyk, Jenine M Lawlor, Richard Franklin, Carl J O’Kane, David A Kault, Colin J Banks and Peter J Aitken
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (11): 663-666. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11557
  • Jeremy S Furyk1
  • Jenine M Lawlor2
  • Richard Franklin2
  • Carl J O’Kane1
  • David A Kault3
  • Colin J Banks1
  • Peter J Aitken1

  • 1 Emergency Department, Townsville Hospital, Townsville, QLD.
  • 2 School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD.
  • 3 School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD.


We would like to acknowledge the support of Sue Donnelly and Jean Sloan for assistance with data retrieval and arrangement. We would also like to thank the Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation for its ongoing support of research capacity building in the Townsville Hospital Emergency Department.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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