Associate Professor Tim Shaw

Associate Professor
Workforce Education & Development Group (WEDG), Sydney Medical School

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Biographical details

Tim is director of the Workforce Education and Development Group in the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Sydney which he established in 2000. The focus of the group is on implementation science and builds on its experience in developing and delivering innovative, research-led models for professional health education and behaviour change in the clinical setting.

As Associate Professor of Translational Research and Implementation Science Tim leads implementation science across 2 large Translational Cancer Research Centers in Sydney. This includes leading the flagship translational research program in closing gaps in lung cancer care and investigating the role of multidisciplinary teams in quality improvement and translational research. His primary research interest lies at the intersection of professional health education, quality improvement and implementation science.

He is currently a Chief Investigator on over 10 research grants totaling over $2M. These grants include investigation of the impact of a variety of interventions on behavior and patient outcomes including audit and feedback and targeted use of new technologies. He also oversees an active consultancy program working with governments, professional colleges and service providers. This has included the Development of innovative approaches to using adverse event data to improve outcomes in collaboration with national and international partners such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital; the development of key frameworks such as the Australian National Patient Safety Education Framework for the Commonwealth; and the development of substantial learning programs such as the development of the Cancer Learning Knowledge portal for the Cancer Australia.

He was a visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School for 12 months in 2008/9 during which time he researched the impact of online learning in continuing medical education. This has led to a number of ongoing collaborations with Partners Health Care and Harvard Medical School.

He teaches safety and quality in the Masters of Public Health at The University of Sydney and is a member of the Harvard Macy Faculty and an invited presenter on the Harvard Macy ‘Systems approach to Assessment’ and Leading Education in Healthcare and Education’ programs.

Research interests

How to implement evidence into practice through a systemtic approach to implementation science.

Role of education in implementation of evidence into practice with an emphasis on the use of new technologies

Impact of governance and environment on professional health education

Teaching and supervision

Tim teaches in Medical Education and Quality Improvement.

He also is responsible for directing education research across Catalyst and Sydney West translational Cancer Research Centres

Tim is on the Faculty for the Harvard Macy Institute and teaches on the ‘Systems approach to Assessment’ and Leading Education in Healthcare and Education’ programs in Boston twice yearly.

Awards and honours

2013. Winner Excellence in Translational Research Award. 2013 Translational Cancer Research Conference, Newcastle, Australia.

2012. Awarded title of ISQua expert in Education and Implementation Science.
International Society for Safety and Quality

2012. Research Publication of the Year in the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions for Paper: Impact on clinical behaviour of face-to-face continuing medical education blended with online spaced education: A randomized controlled trial.

2012. $10,000 Scholarship to attend Harvard Business School Strategic Development Residential Program in Australia

2011. Best of the Best Oral Award in Education, Clinical Ontological Society of Australia Annual Conference

International links

United States

(Mass General and Brigham and Women''s Hospital, Partners Health care Network, Boston, USA) Collaborative Research Project delivering online education in Safety and Quality to Junior Doctors

United States

(Professor Sanjiv Chopra Department of Continuing Medical Education Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA) Collaborative research around behaviour change associated with continuing professional development programs

Selected grants

2014

  • Interdisciplinary e-Health Advancement and Research Team (IeHART); Togher L, Shaw T, Lam M, Poon S, Campbell A, Dew A, Lowe R, McEntee M, Dennis S, Power E, Nguyen M, Nagarajan S, Amon K, O'Dea B, McKeough Z, Penman M, Lincoln M; University of Sydney/MiniSYRENS.
  • Lung cancer service delivery to demonstrate best practice approaches to lung cancer treatment and care; Shaw T, Barnes D, Rankin N, McGregor D; Cancer Australia/Research Support.
  • Implementing a national clinical pathway for pain to ensure equitable, cost-effective, evidence-based, person-centred care for people with advanced breast and other cancers; Lovell M, Phillips J, Agar M, Boyle F, Davidson P, Luckett T, Currow D, Ryan L, MacCaffrey N, Shaw T; National Breast Cancer Foundation/Translational Research Grant.
  • Priority Setting for indicators in cancer care coordination; Shaw T; Cancer Institute New South Wales/Research Support.

2013

  • Implementation Research Education Program; Shaw T, Braithwaite J, Sanson-Fisher R, Girgis A; Cancer Institute New South Wales/Community of Practice.

2012

  • Promoting multidisciplinary cancer care to general practitioners; Shaw T; Cancer Institute New South Wales/Tendered research support.
  • Translating evidence into practice: implementing clinical pathways to relieve psychological distress and improve wellbeing for cancer patients; Butow P, Price M, Clayton J, Grimison P, Shaw T; Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research/Pilot and Seed Funding.
  • Sciences and Technology of Learning network; Goodyear P, Calvo R, Dong A, Kay J, Maton K, Reimann P, Sharma M, Shaw T; Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney /Research Grant.
  • Learning Technology and the Learning Sciences; Goodyear P, Kay J, Jacobson M, Reimann P, Freebody P, Martin J, Dong A, Calvo R, Kummerfeld R, Shaw T, Yacef K, Ellis R, Sharma M, Bobis J, Taylor C, Maton K, Markauskaite L, Chan C, Dey A, Dillenbourg P, Kapur M, Laurillard D, Linn M, Luckin R, Ohlsson S, Pea R, Williams M; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).
  • Sydney Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity Network (SIBRN); Sorrell T, Bennett B, Booy R, Crawford J, Dwyer D, Gilbert G, Giles F, Holmes A, Hossain L, Iredell J, Jones C, Kesson A, Kerridge I, Marais B, Simpson S, Sintchenko V, Ward M, Werder O, Britton W, Dhand N, Hunter C, Kamradt-Scott A, Mor S, Salkeld G, Shaw T, Smith F, Wood N; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).
  • Health and Work Research Network; Buchanan J, Bohle P, Schofield D, Colagiuri S, Hickie I, Glozier N, Shaw T, Leeder S, Grunstein R, Riley J, Johnstone R, Quinlan M, Schofield T, Jones M, Matthews L, Grant A, West S, Chen T, Nyberg D, Shrestha R, Fattore T, Scott L, Knox-Haly M, McNamara M, Callander E; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2011

  • DEVELOPMENT OF CONTENT AND RELATED RESOURCES FOR A NATIONAL HEALTHY WORKERS PORTAL; Colagiuri S, Buchanan J, Shaw T, Bauman A, Caterson I, Gill T, Rissel C; Department of Health and Ageing (Federal)/Targeted Prevention Programs.

2010

  • Workplace-Based Assessment Blueprint and Evaluations Plan; Shaw T; South East Sydney and Illawara Area Health Service/Research Support.
  • Development of a Spaced Education Program to support the implementation of the Hospital Skills Progr; Shaw T; South East Sydney and Illawara Area Health Service/Research Support.

2007

  • Attracting Health Professionals into Primary Care: Strategies for Recruitment and Retention; Thistlethwaite J, Leeder S, Shaw T, Kidd M; Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute/Stream Six - Workforce.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Wardak, D., Parker, P., Shaw, T. (2014). ISQua Knowledge: Fostering a sense of community for the emerging field of quality in health care. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Eds.), The architecture of productive learning networks, (pp. 181-192). New York: Routledge.
  • Ashe, D., Yeoman, P., Shaw, T. (2014). Qstream: Learning the 'in-between'. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Eds.), The architecture of productive learning networks, (pp. 168-180). New York: Routledge.
  • Walton, M., Shaw, T., Combes, J., Shalowitz, J., Lau, D., Hatlie, M., Emanuel, L. (2008). The Patient Safety Education Project: An International Collaboration. In K. Henriksen, J. Battles, M. Battles and M. Grady (Eds.), Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, (pp. 1-15). United States: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • Murphy, C., Shaw, T. (2002). The cytoskeleton of uterine epithelial and stromal cells. In Glasser SR, Aplin JD, Guidice LC, Tabibzadeh S (Eds.), The Endometrium, (pp. 39-45). London: Staempfli Publishers Ltd.

Journals

  • Phillips, J., Heneka, N., Hickman, L., Lam, L., Shaw, T. (2014). Impact of a novel online learning module on specialist palliative care nurses' pain assessment competencies and patients' reports of pain: Results from a quasi-experimental pilot study. Palliative Medicine, 28(6), 521-529. [More Information]
  • Jiwa, M., Halkett, G., Meng, X., Pillai, V., Berg, M., Shaw, T. (2014). Supporting patients treated for prostate cancer: a video vignette study with an email-based educational program in general practice. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16(2), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Tomlinson, J., Shaw, T., Munro, A., Johnson, R., Madden, D., Phillips, R., McGregor, D. (2013). How does tele-learning compare with other forms of education delivery? A systematic review of tele-learning educational outcomes for health professionals. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 24(2), 70-75. [More Information]
  • Gyorki, D., Shaw, T., Nicholson, J., Baker, C., Pitcher, M., Skandarajah, A., Segelov, E., Mann, B. (2013). Improving the impact of didactic resident training with online spaced education. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 83(6), 477-480. [More Information]
  • Barnet, M., Shaw, T. (2013). What do consumers see as important in the continuity of their care? Supportive Care in Cancer, 21(9), 2637-2642. [More Information]
  • Shaw, T., Pernar, L., Peyre, S., Helfrick, J., Vogelgesang, K., Graydon-Baker, E., Chretien, Y., Brown, E., Nicholson, J., Heit, J., et al (2012). Impact of online education on intern behaviour around joint commission national patient safety goals: A randomised trial. BMJ Quality and Safety, 21(10), 819-825. [More Information]
  • Jiwa, M., Meng, X., Sriram, D., Hughes, J., Colagiuri, S., Twigg, S., Skinner, T., Shaw, T. (2012). The management of Type 2 diabetes: A survey of Australian general practitioners. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 95(3), 326-332. [More Information]
  • Pernar, L., Shaw, T., Pozner, C., Vogelgesang, K., Lacroix, S., Gandhi, T., Peyre, S. (2012). Using an Objective Structured Clinical Examination to test adherence to Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal - associated behaviors. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 38(9), 414-418. [More Information]
  • Pernar, L., Shaw, T., Pozner, C., Vogelgesang, K., Peyre, S. (2011). A Checklist for a central venous line-based simulation scenario to measure behavioral compliance with joint commission national patient safety goals. Simulation in Healthcare, 6(2), 117-120. [More Information]
  • Jiwa, M., Chan She Ping-Delfos, W., Ross, J., Shaw, T., Magin, P. (2011). Communities of practice - quality improvement or research in general practice. Australian Family Physician. [More Information]
  • Shaw, T., Long, A., Chopra, S., Kerfoot, P. (2011). Impact on clinical behavior of face-to-face continuing medical education blended with online spaced education: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 31(2), 103-108. [More Information]
  • Iedema, R., Brownhill, S., Haines, M., Lancashire, B., Shaw, T., Street, J. (2010). 'Hands on, Hands off': a model of clinical supervision that recognises trainees' need for support and independence. Australian Health Review, 34(3), 286-291. [More Information]
  • Long, A., Kerfoot, P., Chopra, S., Shaw, T. (2010). Online spaced education to supplement live courses. Medical Education, 44, 519-520. [More Information]
  • Jiwa, M., Deas, K., Ross, J., Shaw, T., Wilcox, H., Spilsbury, K. (2009). An inclusive approach to raising standards in general practice: working with a 'community of practice' in Western Australia. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 9, 13-1-13-8. [More Information]
  • Porter, G., Shaw, T., Ryan, C. (2009). Fugue associated with migraine. BMJ Case Reports. [More Information]
  • Thistlethwaite, J., Leeder, S., Shaw, T. (2008). Addressing general practice workforce shortages: policy options. Medical Journal of Australia, 189(2), 118-121. [More Information]
  • Ryan, C., Shaw, T. (2008). Depression and assisted dying. Psychiatric review is mandatory in Australia. BMJ (online), 337, a2478. [More Information]
  • Ryan, C., Shaw, T. (2008). Very limited role of psychiatry in late termination. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42(2), 173-174. [More Information]
  • Porter, G., Shaw, T., Ryan, C. (2007). Fugue associated with migraine. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 78(1), 104-105. [More Information]
  • McGreevy, P., Shaw, T., Burn, D., Miller, N. (2007). OLIVER: An online library of images for veterinary education and research. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 34(4), 510-516. [More Information]
  • Ryan, G., Lyon, P., Kumar, K., Bell, J., Barnet, S., Shaw, T. (2007). Online CME: an effective alternative to face-to-face delivery. Medical Teacher, 29(8), e251-e257. [More Information]
  • Walton, M., Shaw, T., Barnet, S., Ross, J. (2006). Developing a national patient safety education framework for Australia. BMJ Quality and Safety, 15(6), 437-442. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Barnet, S., Mahony, M., Shaw, T. (2002). 'Practice-based' can make online perfect: Studyage online. 19th Annual Conference of the Australiasin Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Auckland, NZ: UNITEC Institute of Technology.
  • Mahony, M., Shaw, T., Russell, C., Barnet, S. (2002). Serving Many Masters: Institutional Challenges in meeting continuing development needs of health professionals in a multi-professional environment. ANZAME Conference 2002, N/A: N/A.
  • Ryan, G., Shaw, T., Barnet, S., Mahony, M., Russell, C. (2001). A flexible alternative to postgraduate and continuing professional education in aged care. 2001 Education Odyssey: Continuing the journey through adaptation and innovation, : Ads & Adea.
  • Mahony, M., Russell, C., Shaw, T., Sefton, A., Ryan, G., Barnet, S. (2001). Planning for gerontology online. 17th World Congress of the International Association of Gerontology, : World Scientific Publishing.
  • Russell, C., Mahony, M., Shaw, T., Sefton, A., Ryan, G., Barnet, S. (2001). Transforming gerontology education to meet the needs of 21st century health professionals. 17th World Congress of the International Association of Gerontology, : World Scientific Publishing.

Report

  • Shaw, T., Ross, J., Barnet, S., Kumar, K. (2006). Strengthening Cancer Care – Development of Continuing Professional Development Packages.
  • Shaw, T. (2005). A model to develop a common training package for the professional health sector.
  • Walton, M., Shaw, T., Barnet, S., Ross, J. (2005). The National Patient Safety Education Framework.
  • Shaw, T. (2003). Report on Current and Projected Use of Basic Surgical Training Multiple Choice Question Database.

Other

  • Shaw, T. (2006), University of Sydney Medical Program Learning Management System (2001-2006).
  • Shaw, T. (2003), O.L.I.V.E.R.- Online Library of Images for Veterinary Education and Research.

2014

  • Phillips, J., Heneka, N., Hickman, L., Lam, L., Shaw, T. (2014). Impact of a novel online learning module on specialist palliative care nurses' pain assessment competencies and patients' reports of pain: Results from a quasi-experimental pilot study. Palliative Medicine, 28(6), 521-529. [More Information]
  • Wardak, D., Parker, P., Shaw, T. (2014). ISQua Knowledge: Fostering a sense of community for the emerging field of quality in health care. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Eds.), The architecture of productive learning networks, (pp. 181-192). New York: Routledge.
  • Ashe, D., Yeoman, P., Shaw, T. (2014). Qstream: Learning the 'in-between'. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Eds.), The architecture of productive learning networks, (pp. 168-180). New York: Routledge.
  • Jiwa, M., Halkett, G., Meng, X., Pillai, V., Berg, M., Shaw, T. (2014). Supporting patients treated for prostate cancer: a video vignette study with an email-based educational program in general practice. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16(2), 1-16. [More Information]

2013

  • Tomlinson, J., Shaw, T., Munro, A., Johnson, R., Madden, D., Phillips, R., McGregor, D. (2013). How does tele-learning compare with other forms of education delivery? A systematic review of tele-learning educational outcomes for health professionals. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 24(2), 70-75. [More Information]
  • Gyorki, D., Shaw, T., Nicholson, J., Baker, C., Pitcher, M., Skandarajah, A., Segelov, E., Mann, B. (2013). Improving the impact of didactic resident training with online spaced education. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 83(6), 477-480. [More Information]
  • Barnet, M., Shaw, T. (2013). What do consumers see as important in the continuity of their care? Supportive Care in Cancer, 21(9), 2637-2642. [More Information]

2012

  • Shaw, T., Pernar, L., Peyre, S., Helfrick, J., Vogelgesang, K., Graydon-Baker, E., Chretien, Y., Brown, E., Nicholson, J., Heit, J., et al (2012). Impact of online education on intern behaviour around joint commission national patient safety goals: A randomised trial. BMJ Quality and Safety, 21(10), 819-825. [More Information]
  • Jiwa, M., Meng, X., Sriram, D., Hughes, J., Colagiuri, S., Twigg, S., Skinner, T., Shaw, T. (2012). The management of Type 2 diabetes: A survey of Australian general practitioners. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 95(3), 326-332. [More Information]
  • Pernar, L., Shaw, T., Pozner, C., Vogelgesang, K., Lacroix, S., Gandhi, T., Peyre, S. (2012). Using an Objective Structured Clinical Examination to test adherence to Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal - associated behaviors. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 38(9), 414-418. [More Information]

2011

  • Pernar, L., Shaw, T., Pozner, C., Vogelgesang, K., Peyre, S. (2011). A Checklist for a central venous line-based simulation scenario to measure behavioral compliance with joint commission national patient safety goals. Simulation in Healthcare, 6(2), 117-120. [More Information]
  • Jiwa, M., Chan She Ping-Delfos, W., Ross, J., Shaw, T., Magin, P. (2011). Communities of practice - quality improvement or research in general practice. Australian Family Physician. [More Information]
  • Shaw, T., Long, A., Chopra, S., Kerfoot, P. (2011). Impact on clinical behavior of face-to-face continuing medical education blended with online spaced education: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 31(2), 103-108. [More Information]

2010

  • Iedema, R., Brownhill, S., Haines, M., Lancashire, B., Shaw, T., Street, J. (2010). 'Hands on, Hands off': a model of clinical supervision that recognises trainees' need for support and independence. Australian Health Review, 34(3), 286-291. [More Information]
  • Long, A., Kerfoot, P., Chopra, S., Shaw, T. (2010). Online spaced education to supplement live courses. Medical Education, 44, 519-520. [More Information]

2009

  • Jiwa, M., Deas, K., Ross, J., Shaw, T., Wilcox, H., Spilsbury, K. (2009). An inclusive approach to raising standards in general practice: working with a 'community of practice' in Western Australia. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 9, 13-1-13-8. [More Information]
  • Porter, G., Shaw, T., Ryan, C. (2009). Fugue associated with migraine. BMJ Case Reports. [More Information]

2008

  • Thistlethwaite, J., Leeder, S., Shaw, T. (2008). Addressing general practice workforce shortages: policy options. Medical Journal of Australia, 189(2), 118-121. [More Information]
  • Ryan, C., Shaw, T. (2008). Depression and assisted dying. Psychiatric review is mandatory in Australia. BMJ (online), 337, a2478. [More Information]
  • Walton, M., Shaw, T., Combes, J., Shalowitz, J., Lau, D., Hatlie, M., Emanuel, L. (2008). The Patient Safety Education Project: An International Collaboration. In K. Henriksen, J. Battles, M. Battles and M. Grady (Eds.), Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, (pp. 1-15). United States: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • Ryan, C., Shaw, T. (2008). Very limited role of psychiatry in late termination. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42(2), 173-174. [More Information]

2007

  • Porter, G., Shaw, T., Ryan, C. (2007). Fugue associated with migraine. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 78(1), 104-105. [More Information]
  • McGreevy, P., Shaw, T., Burn, D., Miller, N. (2007). OLIVER: An online library of images for veterinary education and research. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 34(4), 510-516. [More Information]
  • Ryan, G., Lyon, P., Kumar, K., Bell, J., Barnet, S., Shaw, T. (2007). Online CME: an effective alternative to face-to-face delivery. Medical Teacher, 29(8), e251-e257. [More Information]

2006

  • Walton, M., Shaw, T., Barnet, S., Ross, J. (2006). Developing a national patient safety education framework for Australia. BMJ Quality and Safety, 15(6), 437-442. [More Information]
  • Shaw, T., Ross, J., Barnet, S., Kumar, K. (2006). Strengthening Cancer Care – Development of Continuing Professional Development Packages.
  • Shaw, T. (2006), University of Sydney Medical Program Learning Management System (2001-2006).

2005

  • Shaw, T. (2005). A model to develop a common training package for the professional health sector.
  • Walton, M., Shaw, T., Barnet, S., Ross, J. (2005). The National Patient Safety Education Framework.

2003

  • Shaw, T. (2003), O.L.I.V.E.R.- Online Library of Images for Veterinary Education and Research.
  • Shaw, T. (2003). Report on Current and Projected Use of Basic Surgical Training Multiple Choice Question Database.

2002

  • Barnet, S., Mahony, M., Shaw, T. (2002). 'Practice-based' can make online perfect: Studyage online. 19th Annual Conference of the Australiasin Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Auckland, NZ: UNITEC Institute of Technology.
  • Mahony, M., Shaw, T., Russell, C., Barnet, S. (2002). Serving Many Masters: Institutional Challenges in meeting continuing development needs of health professionals in a multi-professional environment. ANZAME Conference 2002, N/A: N/A.
  • Murphy, C., Shaw, T. (2002). The cytoskeleton of uterine epithelial and stromal cells. In Glasser SR, Aplin JD, Guidice LC, Tabibzadeh S (Eds.), The Endometrium, (pp. 39-45). London: Staempfli Publishers Ltd.

2001

  • Ryan, G., Shaw, T., Barnet, S., Mahony, M., Russell, C. (2001). A flexible alternative to postgraduate and continuing professional education in aged care. 2001 Education Odyssey: Continuing the journey through adaptation and innovation, : Ads & Adea.
  • Mahony, M., Russell, C., Shaw, T., Sefton, A., Ryan, G., Barnet, S. (2001). Planning for gerontology online. 17th World Congress of the International Association of Gerontology, : World Scientific Publishing.
  • Russell, C., Mahony, M., Shaw, T., Sefton, A., Ryan, G., Barnet, S. (2001). Transforming gerontology education to meet the needs of 21st century health professionals. 17th World Congress of the International Association of Gerontology, : World Scientific Publishing.

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