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Integrated health services to enhance community based health care

This sub-project is led by Professor Cobie Rudd (DVC Strategic Partnerships), and Associate Professor Owen Carter (Research Director).

Project objectives

The project aims to provide an evidence base for health services development, based on collaborative research with partner institutions with significant national impact.

It will develop a strong ECU-based collaborative research team spanning all major health care delivery disciplines, capable of:

  • developing evidence-based models of health care, service delivery and the subsequent educational approaches required (teaching and learning informed by research), including inter-professional learning, experiential/work-based learning, and learning through simulation; and
  • augmenting the role of community-engaged research in health, to drive institutional change in higher education and national health reform.

Project partners

The partners within this sub-project are:

  • Winthrop Professor Fiona Lake, Professors Ian Lawrance and Grant Waterer from the University of Western Australia;
  • Professor Jill Thistlethwaite and Associate Professor Jared Dart from the University of Queensland; and
  • Professor Peter Brooks from the University of Melbourne

Future aims

The future aims of this CRN sub-project are to investigate:

  • the relative improvement in clinical competency of students learning from simulation- versus clinical-based teaching methods
  • the impact on student immersion in simulation-based training through iDome 180 degree projection technology.


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