Michael John Sinnott



1993Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians
1988Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
1982Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
University of Queensland|
MBBS - 2nd Class Honour
1985Foreign Medical Graduates Examination in the Medical
Science by the Education Committee for Foreign Medical
Graduates (Philadelphia) No. 376 289 1


Senior Staff Specialist and Director of Research
Emergency Department
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Queensland, Australia


Clinical Senior Lecturer

University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia


Adjunct Associate Professor (2009)

Griffith University, Queensland, Australia


Managing Director: Qlicksmart Pty. Ltd.

Managing Director: Smartstream Pty Ltd.



1997Astra/Roche Award for Excellence in Intern Education.
1996Astra/Roche Award for Excellence in Intern Education.
1988        Princess Alexandra Hospital Society Travelling Scholarship.
I attended the lecture programme for Paediatric Registrars in the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia
1987Princess Alexandra Hospital Scientific Week Prize for the best Registrar “Free Paper”  Paediatric Trauma Board.


I am a known innovator and senior clinician with strong management, research and education skills developed across a variety of contexts including public health care and private business.

Clinical capacity

For the last 30 years I have worked in clinical medicine with the vast majority of that time in the Emergency Department. The Australasian College of Emergency Medicine was formed in 1983. I chose to specialise in Emergency Medicine in 1984 and was in the third cohort to obtain fellowship by exam.

Experience in leading and developing education

I have been involved in the education of over 3,000 junior doctors and 100 registrars. The teaching I have tried to provide has not been limited to facts and figures but has included for many years thinking, problem solving and communication skills as well as promotion of a non-judgemental culture.

Over the last 15 years I have been exposed to high level thinking and research into staff and patient safety issues. I have successfully lobbied for the US OSHA’s Blood borne Pathogens Guidelines to be modified on two occasions and, for Standards Australia to publish the AS/NZS 3825:1998

Commitment to evidence based practice

For the last ten years I have been promoting an evidence based approach to emergency medicine through the implementation of existing high quality evidence and developing a culture that helps generate research findings. At a state level this has involved helping to create the QEMRF.

I have an international reputation in the area of staff safety in relation to scalpel injuries. I have been able to build research teams and attract research funding of approximately $1 million.

Teaching experience

Director of Emergency Medicine Research – University of Queensland Princess Alexandra Hospital Emergency Medicine Research Programme 2012 – present
Director of Emergency Medicine Training – Princess Alexandra Hospital 1999 – 2007.
Chairman of General Clinical Training Committee, Princess Alexandra Hospital.  1999 – 2000.
Co-ordinator of new Programme for Education of 2nd and 3rd Year Residents - 1997 to 1999
Co-ordinator of Emergency Registrar Training Programme in Princess Alexandra Hospital - 1996 to 1999
Medical Students,  Emergency Department, Princess Alexandra Hospital - 1986 to present
Director of Intern Training¸ QEII Hospital - 1994 - 1996
Resident Medical Officer Training, Princess Alexandra Hospital - 1986 to present
Medical Students, Mater Children’s Hospital - 1985 to 1986
School of Nursing, Princess Alexandra Hospital - 1986 to 1988
Queensland Ambulance Officers, Brisbane - 1986 to 1992



1.Wong A, Koran E, Sinnott M, Spencer L & Eley R (2013): A methodology to obtain comprehensive information from hospital data base systems. Australian Health Review. (Submitted)
2.Sinnott M, Eley R, Boyde M, Steinle V & Trenning L (2013): Evidence for presenting chemical pathology results as whole numbers. Journal of Clinical Winch S & Sinnott M (2013): Consenting to a good death? Introducing the Level 2 Consent Form. ANZ Journal of Surgery (Accepted for Publication)
3.Biscak T, Eley R, Sinnott M & Soyer H (2013): Demonstration of the effectiveness of a State-wide store and forward Teledermatology service in Australia. Journal of Telemedicine and Telehealth
4.Isoardi J, Spencer L, Sinnott M. Nicholls K, O’Connor and Jones F. “Exploration of the perceptions of emergency physicians and interns regarding the medical documentation practices of interns”. Emergency Medicine Australasia. (2013) 25; 302-7
5.Starmer K, Sinnott M, Shaban R, Donegan E & Kapitzke D (2012): Blind prescribing: a study of junior doctors’ prescribing preparedness in an Australian emergency department. Emergency Medicine Australasia (2013) 25; 147-53.
6.Fitzgerald G, Codd C, Aitken P and Sinnott M. “Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation: Special Report. Emergency Medicine Australia (2012) 24, 37-42.
7.Winch, S and Sinnott, M “Toward a Sociology of Conflict of Interest in Medical Research” Bioethical Inquiry (2011) 389-391
8.Jim Muir, Cathy Xu, Sanjoy Paul, Andrew Staib, Iain McNeill, Philip Singh, Samantha Davidson, H Peter Soyer and Michael Sinnott. “Incorporating teledermatology into emergency medicine. Emergency Medicine Australasia (2011) 23, 562-568.
9.Sinnott, M and Shaban, R. “Is a culture of staff safety a prerequisite to a culture of patient safety?” BMJ 2011; 342:c6171
10.Suart,K Kozan,E, Sinnott, M and Collier, J “An Innovative Robust Reactive Surgery Assignment Model” AOSR Bulletin Vol 29 Number 3 (2010) pp48-58
11.Sinnott M and Shaban R. “”Scalpel Safety” not “Safety Scalpel” a New Paradigm in Staff Safety.” Perioperative Nursing Clinics 5 (2010) 59-67.
12.Watt AM, Patkin M, Sinnott M, Black R,  Maddern GJ. “Scalpel safety in the operative setting: A systematic review.” Surgery Vol 147 (2010) Issue 1 pp 98-106
13.Vivanti AP,  McDonald C,  Palmer M and Sinnott M. “Malnutrition associated with increased risk of frail mechanical falls among older people presenting to an emergency department” Emergency Medicine Australasia (2009) 21, 386-394.
14.McKenzie K, Sinnott M and Cullen L Intern Modelling Tool. Report to the Medical Training Review Panel, National Priority Projects in Prevocational Medical Education and Training  (2009). FIRE UP Coaching, Melbourne, Victoria
15.Fuentes H, Collier J, Sinnott M and Whitby M “Scalpel Safety”: Modelling the effectiveness of different safety devices’ ability to reduce scalpel glade injuries” International Risk and Safety in Medicine 20 (2008) 83-89
16.Watt AM, Patkin M, Sinnott, M, Black RJ, Maddern GJ “Scalpel injuries in the operating theatre” Editorial. BMJ 2008;336:1031
17.Sinnott M, Wall D. “”Scalpel Safety”: How safe (or dangerous) are safety scalpels?” International Journal of Surgery, 2008 Vol 6, Issue 2, pp 176-177
18.Tseng D, Sinnott M, Collier J, Wall D, Whitby M, “Prevention of scalpel blade injuries: Staff ignorance of the Australian / New Zealand Standard” Australian Infection Control Vol 10 (3) pp89-94, 2005