School of Health

Quality and safety

  • Clinical/practice outcomes (e.g. patient safety/management)
  • Health systems
  • Teamwork
  • Evidence based practice

Many staff within the School have active research profiles in this field including:

Medical errors research

The World Health Organization has shown that up to 42% adults experience medical error when receiving care and up to 36% patients are harmed during health care, either resulting in permanent injury, increased length of stay in health care facilities, or even death. With this in mind, academics from the School and the University of Tasmania are working on a project that aims to identify patients experiences of medial error occurs.

Please contact Dr Jeong-ah Kim

Family presence during resuscitation

A body of work has been completed within this field however there remains a number of unanswered questions including the need to evaluate the impact of family presence education programs on attitudes of health professionals towards implementing family presence during resuscitation.

Please contact Associate Professor Joanne Porter

Patient deterioration management

There is now a significant body of literature that indicates that clinicians often ‘fail to rescue’ deteriorating patients. Over the last ten years researchers within the School have collaborated with many other institutions to build an understanding of how deteriorating patients are managed. This body of work includes the FIRST2ACT virtual simulation program; clinical decision making studies using eye-tracking techniques; and investigations relating to help seeking behaviours e.g. ‘Help Trent Vent’.

Please contact Professor Simon Cooper

Teamwork (Non-technical skills)

Effective teamwork is an essential component of patient safety. Key components include leadership, teamwork, decision making and situation awareness. The School’s body of work in this field includes a range of studies examining students and clinicians’ non-technical skills in emergencies. Further, significant developments of the Team Emergency Assessment Measure (TEAM) which is used across the world to rate medical emergency teamwork with translations into 12 languages.

Please contact Professor Simon Cooper

In these fields potential research projects may include:

  1. Medical errors
  2. Patient deterioration
  3. Clinical decision making
  4. Teamwork (non-technical skills)
  5. Resuscitation issues