Professor Merrilyn Walton

Professor of Medical Education (Patient Safety)
Public Health, School of Public Health

A27 - Edward Ford Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9351 3678
F: +61 2 93517420

Curriculum vitae

Research interests

Regulation, Patient Safety, Patient safety education, Education and Training of Junior doctors.

Teaching areas

Patient safety, ethical practice, professionalism, regulation, curriculum development

Current national competitive grants*


Improving Hospital Death Data Collection in Vietnam
Walton M
AusAid Public Sector Linkages Program (PSLP) Asia ($203,352 over 2 years)

Using patient experiences of adverse events to improve health service delivery and practice
Walton M, Iedema R, Manias E, Kelly P, Smith-Merry J
National Health and Medical Research Council / Project Grants ($587,541 over 3 years)


National registration of health practitioners: a comparative study of the complaints and notification system under the national system and in NSW
Chiarella M, Walton M, Bennett B, Carney T, Kelly P
ARC Linkage Project ($327,870 over 3 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney

International links

Switzerland. (World Health Organization) Currently expert member of WHO Patient safety Leadership group ( 2013). Previously lead writer and editor for the WHO Patient Safety Curriculum Guide for Medical Schools (254 pages) and the WHO Multi professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide (275 pages) The Curriculum Guide was launched in 2011. Professor Walton is assisting WHO member countries to integrate patient safety learning into their curriculum. The curricula were based on the National Patient Safety Education framework designed and developed by Professor Walton in collaboration with the University of Sydney and the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care July 2005..
Vietnam. (Hanoi Medical School) Assisting curriculum development in professionalism and patient safety and building capacity of faculty staff to teach in these areas..
United States. (Bueler Centre for Aging and Welfare, Northwestern University Chicago.) Visiting Professor and affiliate..