Australian Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Research Group

About us

Our research group was organised in 2010 with the aim of fostering research in all aspects of both diving and hyperbaric medicine. Diving medicine is concerned with all physiological and medical aspects of immersion and breathing compressed gas under water and is of great interest to both recreational divers and commercial/military operations. Hyperbaric medicine is involved with all aspects of the treatment of disease by the application of high oxygen partial pressures. The group is particularly focussed on the evidence-basis of these disciplines and is a world leader in the critical appraisal and meta-analysis of the evidence for the application of hyperbaric oxygen in a wide range of disease.

Our research is intimately involved in the delivery of clinical services through the Department of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, a state-wide service located at the Prince of Wales Hosptial.



Dr. Andrew Belessis, Senior Staff Specialist, DHM, POWH

Dr. Darren Wolfers, Senior Staff Specialist, DHM, POWH

Dr Sam Koch:  VMO anaesthetist, POWH

Ms Joanne James: Nursing Unit Manager, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, POWH

Dr. Andre Venning, Clinical Fellow, DHM, POWH

Dr. Christopher Anderson, Diving Medical Officer, RAN

Dr. Denise Blake, Medical Director Emergency Department, Townsville General Hospital

Dr. Anne Wilson


Resources & Tools

Our group has access to a comprehensive range of compression vessels rated for both human and animal occupancy. The suite consists of:

1 large, four compartment chamber capable of the simultaneous compression of up to 34 individuals across the four internal chambers. All are capable of individual pressurisation. The maximum pressure possible is  6 atmospheres absolute (ATA) or 607.8 kPa.

1 monoplace chamber for the treatmentof a single individual up to a maximum pressure of 3 ATA or 303.9 kPa

1 research compression vessel  'Deeplab One'. This vessel is capable of compressing four individuals to a maximum pressure of  10 ATA (1,103 kPa). It is used mainly for equipment and animal research.

Grants & Funding

1. UHMS Foundation Grant for RCT in ISSNHL ($7,400.00) 2009-12

2. Australian Diving and Hyperbaric Research Foundation Grant for RCT in ISSNHL ($15,000) 2009-12

3. ANZCA Research Foundation Grant ($15,000.00) 2008

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