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Mike ArdaghProfessor of Emergency Medicine



Mike is Professor of Emergency Medicine and a specialist in the Emergency Department of Christchurch Hospital.

He has a PhD in Bioethics, with his thesis exploring decision making in resuscitation.

He convenes the Emergency Medicine teaching thread, and the 4th year undergraduate medical student attachment to surgery.

He chairs the Rhise Group (researching the health implications of seismic events), the Emergency Medicine and Nursing Research Group and is a trustee of the Emergency Care Foundation (a charitable trust which funds Emergency Medicine research).

Research interests

  • Earthquake injuries and health system response
  • Emergency Department crowding and systems
  • Diagnostic decision tools
  • The ethics of Emergency Medicine


Bothara, R. K., Raina, A., Carne, B., Walls, T., McCombie, A., Ardagh, M. W., & Joyce, L. R. (2021). Paediatric presentations to Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department during COVID-19 lockdown. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 57, 877-882. doi: 10.1111/jpc.15347 Journal - Research Article

Joyce, L. R., Richardson, S. K., McCombie, A., Hamilton, G. J., & Ardagh, M. W. (2021). Mental health presentations to Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department during COVID-19 lockdown. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 33, 324-330. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.13667 Journal - Research Article

Horspool, N., Elwood, K., Johnston, D., Deely, J., & Ardagh, M. (2020). Factors influencing casualty risk in the 14th November 2016 MW7.8 Kaikōura, New Zealand earthquake. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 51, 101917. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101917 Journal - Research Article

Basharati, S., Ardagh, M., Deely, J., Horspool, N., Johnston, D., Feldmann-Jensen, S., … Than, M. (2020). A research update on the demography and injury burden of victims of New Zealand earthquakes between 2010 and 2014. Australasian Journal of Disaster & Trauma Studies, 24(1), 65-73. Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Yeow, T., Baird, A., Ferner, H., Ardagh, M., Deely, J., & Johnston, D. (2020). Cause and level of treatment of injuries from earthquake damage to commercial buildings in New Zealand. Earthquake Spectra, 36(3), 1254-1270. doi: 10.1177/8755293019900775 Journal - Research Article

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