Our projects


Projects at the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education


Multidisciplinary Operating Room Simulation (MORSim)

MORSim is a national team training intervention programme for surgical teams. The goal is to improve the safety and efficiency of care for patients. The program is funded by ACC, delivered by the University of Auckland, and supported by the Health Quality and Safety Commission.


Quality of life, motivation to learn, stress and academic achievement

This projects aims to determine the quality life, motivation, academic attainment, and stress levels of students studying in the Biomedical/Health Science Overlapping Year 1 programme.


World Health Organisation Behaviourally Anchored Rating Scale (WHOBARS) - phase 3

This project aims to confirm the reliability of the WHOBARS tool between team members and across surgical settings. It also aims to investigate the perceived quality of engagement with the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist and variation between operating room team members.


Workplace-based Assessment - two related projects: Using workplace-based assessments, competence, trust and entrustment in post-graduate medical training; and The trust of ANZCA trainees in their supervisors: its extent, determinants and influence on assessment for learning.

This body of research explores the way workplace-based assessments are made to make high-stakes decisions in anaesthesia. The research program combines psychometric approaches to explore reliability of decisions made using entrustment scales, and qualitative approaches exploring how trainees approach workplace-based assessments and how trust is established.


Developing a methodology for Days Alive and Out of Hospital as an Outcome Measure for Surgical Patients

Days alive and out of hospital (DAOH) is a holistic measure combining survival and time spent out of hospital following an admission. It is objective and sensitive to any significant morbidity and to mortality. However, it has an unusual, highly skewed, distribution and, as yet, there is no agreed approach to the statistical estimation of differences in DAOH in surgical patients. Using the national Minimum Dataset, we aim to develop a methodology for calculating DAOH so that it can be used as a robust tool for evaluating and comparing outcomes in clinical trials and quality improvement interventions.