Professor Jennifer Weller's inaugural lecture -‘Tribes, Teams and Trust' Event as iCalendar

30 August 2017

5:30 - 7pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 505-007, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Location: Location: 85 Park Road, Grafton Campus

*RSVP by Tuesday 29 August by clicking here *

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Our annual inaugural lecture series provide a way for our faculty to celebrate and recognise the mark of distinction conferred by the University when it awards the title of professor.

Join us to celebrate the inaugural lecture of Professor Jennifer Weller.


‘Tribes, Teams and Trust'

For patients, undergoing surgery requires an act of faith. They trust us to do the right thing, and to do it right. Unfortunately that’s not always the case. Adverse healthcare events (in total – not just surgical) account for about 3% of all health loss in New Zealand. 

Graduating competent practitioners is an important starting point, and a theme of my research. However, a focus on individual performance is not enough. Today’s healthcare depends on competent teams.

My research in patient safety uses highly realistic, immersive simulations of clinical events to understand why teams do and don’t work well. What are the effects, for instance, of strong affiliations with professional “tribes”? 

From small beginnings with a few volunteer anaesthetists in an old Wellington gym, this work has developed into a national team training program, including all operating theatre staff. 



Professor Jennifer Weller is Head of the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education, and a specialist anaesthetist at Auckland City Hospital.

Prof Weller graduated from the University of Adelaide, undertook her post-graduate training Canberra, Nottingham and Adelaide, and moved to New Zealand in 1994 as a full-time specialist at Wellington Hospital. A Masters of Clinical Education (UNSW) in 2002 reawakened academic aspirations, and an academic appointment in the Wellington School of Medicine, where her experience in simulation-based education began. She subsequently moved to Auckland and took on the Headship of CMHSE in 2004, and took up a clinical appointment at Auckland City Hospital. Her MD in 2006 brought together her work on simulation to that point. Her research themes are in workplace assessment and decisions on competence, simulation-based education, teamwork and patient safety.  Prof Weller leads a national, ACC-funded program establishing simulation-based training in teamwork in New Zealand operating theatres.

Prof Weller is on the Editorial Board for the British Journal of Anaesthesia and is an Editor for BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning. She is the recipient of the ANZCA Douglas Joseph Visiting Professorship for 2018 and the Royal College of Anaesthetists Rank Lectureship for 2018.

Professor Weller has been an Examiner for the FANZCA exam for the last 12 years, and a member of the Final Exam Subcommittee. She is currently a member of the ANZCA Education and Training Development Committee, the ANZCA Research Committee and Chair of the Education SIG.

Professor Weller is married to Professor Alistair Woodward, is mother to Zoe, Fergus, Amelia and Eleanor, and grandmother to Arthur and Rowan. 


Invite open to FMHS staff and students

Date: Wednesday 30 August, 5.30-7pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 505-007, Grafton Campus


Prior to the inaugural lecture, we will gather in the atrium for a cocktail function as a further recognition of Professor Weller’s achievements.

Please RSVP by Tuesday 29 August by clicking here

*We have a large number of inaugural lectures this year.  To avoid confusion we ask that when you RSVP, you state which inaugural lecture you will be attending.


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