Current Aus-ROC Endorsed Projects

“Aus-ROC Endorsed Projects” are formally authorized by the Aus-ROC Steering Committee. The process of Endorsement is given in the Aus-ROC Governance Document.

The EXACT Study

The Reduction of oxygen after cardiac arrest (EXACT) is a multi-centre, randomised, controlled trial to determine whether reducing oxygen administration as soon as possible following successful resuscitation from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) compared to current practice of maintaining 100% oxygen improves outcome at hospital discharge.

Funding: NHMRC Project grant

Contact Investigator: Professor Steve Bernard (

Status: Data analysis.

Regional Variation in cardiac arrest outcomes

Despite evidence to suggest significant regional variation in OHCA incidence, survival and bystander CPR rates, geographic information system and spatial analysis have not been widely used to understand the reasons behind this variation. This is particularly the case in Australia and New Zealand.

The aim of this research is to quantify and describe the regional variation of OHCA incidence and survival across Australia and New Zealand.  The research also aims to identify factors that drive regional differences in OHCA survival and identify modifiable factors associated with survival. This will directly inform strategies aimed at improving outcomes from OHCA, with a particular emphasis on rural areas.

The research results will directly inform ambulance strategies aimed at improving OHCA survival

Funding: Heart Foundation Vanguard Grant

Contact Investigator: Associate Professor Janet Bray (

Study Progress: Underway