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Associate Professor Tim Shaw
BSc (Hons) PhD

Room 212, Mackie Building (K01)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9351 5181
F: +61 2 9351 6646

Tim established the Workforce Education and Development Group in 2004 to develop, manage and evaluate large, innovative health-based educational projects. He is currently working on a research and development program to improve the impact of education on clinician behavior and patient outcomes. His research into knowledge dissemination and transfer and flexible learning has been widely published.

As well as working with both University and external stakeholders, Tim also consults internationally. While he was a visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School in 2008/2009, Tim developed new methodologies for the dissemination of evidence-based medicine through online learning. He has also been an advisor and consultant to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Project, Partners Harvard Medical International and the Joint Commission in the United States.

In Australia, Tim plays an active and influential role in developing policy and addressing the challenges involved in educating the health workforce. He is a member of numerous committees and working parties - both within the University and for key external health organisations – that aim to develop education and assessment systems for health professionals.

He is Chair of the Working Party on Implementation Science for Sydney Catalyst, a member of the Australian Medical Council’s Interim Accreditation Committee for international medical graduates and is on the Hospital Skills Program Council for the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI).

Recent Awards

  • 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

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Dr Tracy Robinson
BA Hons, RN, PhD
Research Fellow

Room 216, Mackie Building (K01)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9036 7089
F: +61 2 9351 6646

Tracy joined WEDG in 2012 as an Educational Research Fellow (post doc) where her work focuses on the development and support of implementation research with the Sydney West Translational Cancer Research Centre. During 2013, Tracy worked on an online QStream learning program for oncologists and has been involved in a range of knowledge translation strategies and interventions. She is currently coordinating a study that is concerned with building the capacity of a program of Multi Disciplinary cancer care at Westmead and Nepean Hospitals to enhance their research and knowledge translation. In addition, her work involves the preparation and submission of grant and ethics applications and building the capacity of clinicians to engage in implementation studies.

Tracy was awarded a PhD (Psychology) in 2011 that involved adapting and evaluating an emotional wellbeing program for adolescents in rural NSW in collaboration with three Aboriginal communities. She has over 20 years experience in mental health and previously worked as the Program Leader (Education) at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (University of Newcastle) where she coordinated the development and research of education programs for the rural and remote Health workforce. Tracy is keen to extend emotional wellbeing programs to cancer sufferers and their families / carers but also believes it has important applications for the wider health workforce. She is passionate about health education but recognizes that changing clinical practice also requires behaviour change interventions and more robust implementation studies.

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Dr Nicole Rankin
BA (Hons), MSc, PhD
Sydney Catalyst Translational Research Fellow

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
Level 6, 119-143 Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050 Australia

T +61 2 9562 5324
F +61 2 9562 5094

Nicole is the translational research fellow for T2/T3 research at Sydney Catalyst. In collaboration with the Evidence into Practice (T2/T3) Working Group and Sydney Catalyst members, Nicole will be directly involved in the strategic development of the T2/T3 program and the design of research projects. Nicole is also on the Sydney Catalyst Scientific Advisory Committee.

Nicole has 15 years experience working in cancer control, primarily in psychosocial and behavioural aspects of patient care. She has undergraduate qualifications in Psychology and Sociology and completed her PhD in 2000 in the discipline of Behavioural Science in Relation to Medicine at the University of Newcastle. Her past experience includes working in and managing the Psychosocial Program at the National Breast Cancer Centre (2000-2003), as manager of the Patient Support Program at the Cancer Institute NSW (2004-2006) and the Executive Director of PoCoG (the Psycho-oncology Cooperative Research Group) from 2006-2009. She has also held research positions at the University of Wollongong (2009-2010) and Relationships Australia (2011).

Nicole's research interests are in implementation science and knowledge translation and is currently focused on lung cancer and reducing evidence-practice gaps, the development and implementation of quality indicators in cancer, psycho-oncology including screening and management of distress in cancer patients and health services research. She also has a long standing interest in how the findings of research are implemented into clinical practice and policy, having contributed to the development of clinical practice guidelines and the implementation of psychology, social work and specialist breast nurse roles in Australian cancer settings.

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Jackie Ross
BA, Grad Dip Cont Ed, Grad Dip Human Nut
Director Operations

Room 214, Mackie Building (K01)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9351 8799
F: +61 2 9351 6646

Jackie joined the Group shortly prior to its official launch in 2004. She has been involved with most of WEDG’s major projects, starting with development of the National Patient Safety Education Framework for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. She went on to be project manager and then project director for the national Cancer Learning project for Cancer Australia and project manager for the international project to develop ISQua Knowledge for the International Society for Quality in Health Care. She also manages major strategic initiatives for Sydney Medical School including establishment of the Health Workforce Australia clinical training contracts and a major review of postgraduate education in the School. Since 2009 she has been Director Operations and Deputy Director for the Group.

Jackie holds a BA, a Graduate Diploma in Continuing Education and a Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition. She has extensive experience in the development and management of a wide range of continuing professional education projects and initiatives, particularly in health. She has previously worked in community development in the health sector, management of R&D funding in the grains industry and higher education policy development. She is interested in the role of education and training in developing the health workforce to improve health outcomes and in finding new, better ways to deliver education and training.

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James Nicholson
BTech (Hons), Grad Dip Teaching
Educational Development Manager

Room 207A, Mackie Building (K01)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9351 4650
F: +61 2 9351 6646

James joined WEDG in 2008 and is currently the Educational Development Manager, using both his education background and technical skills across multiple projects in post-graduate medical education. Recent projects include Qstream online courses, knowledge portals for external clients such as Cancer Learning and internal clients such as the Sydney Imaging Network and an award winning consumer education site for the Cancer Co-operative Trials Groups.

To create engaging professional development experiences, James liaises with health professionals and subject matter experts to develop relevant and useful content. He then draws upon his technical expertise and a variety of technologies to create appealing and effective websites and online training packages.

James believes in lifelong learning but feels that many of the current educational offerings are not particularly interesting or useful. He enjoys the challenge of using new technologies to deliver enjoyable learning experiences which enhance the skill set and confidence of health professionals.

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Anna Janssen
BA (Media and Cultural Studies), MA (Publishing)
Program Manager

Room 206, Mackie Building (K01)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9036 9406
F: +61 2 9351 6646

Anna has been involved in a number of projects since she joined the team in early 2009. She is currently the Program Manager for the Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course (OTAC) and Project Manager for the Sydney West Translational Cancer Research Centre Knowledge Portal. Anna is also undertaking a PhD in Medical Education focusing on exploring the ways game theory and mechanics can be used in e-learning to improve learning outcomes and engage adult learners.

Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course
Sydney West Site

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Bobbi Moore
BA (Psychology), Cert (Journalism)
Education Manager

Room 216A, Mackie Building (K01)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9036 7208
F: +61 2 9351 6646

Bobbi joined WEDG in February 2012 and currently manages the Cancer Learning program, a major national project under Cancer Australia’s Strengthening Cancer Care initiative.

She is responsible for managing the Cancer Learning site, maintaining and promoting existing programs and developing and evaluating new online courses and programs for health professionals.

With a background in TV production and adult education, Bobbi believes that learning must be interesting and engaging and aligned with the learner’s needs to be most effective. She uses technology and creative, innovative approaches to enhance learning outcomes when developing eLearning programs.

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Deborah McGregor
BAppSc (SpPath), MHSc (Ed), Cert IV in Training and Assessment
Research Project Officer

Room 209, Mackie Building (K01)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9351 3687
F: +61 2 9351 6646

Deborah is a Research Project Officer at the Workforce Education and Development Group and has worked on a number of research projects for the Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research Centre including the Flagship T2 research project. Currently Deborah is focussing on a research project which aims to reduce the gaps between research evidence and clinical practice, commencing with a focus on improvements for people with lung cancer.

Deborah is a speech pathologist and health science educator with extensive experience in interprofessional education, the continuing professional development for health professionals, and research in the health sciences.

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Sarah York
BSc (Exercise Science), MIPH
Project Officer

Room 207, Mackie Building (K01)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9351 3888
F: +61 2 9351 6646

Sarah joined WEDG in 2014 as a Project Officer to provide project and research support on a number of Sydney Catalyst projects including the T2/T3 Flagship Program and is currently managing the CINSW Coordinated Care project.

Sarah has a particular interest in chronic disease prevention and management and has previous experience as a project officer on a variety of large scale research/pilot projects in breast cancer and type 2 diabetes. More recently Sarah was a Program Coordinator involved in the establishment and ongoing management of a Medicare Local member organisation whose aim is to ensure allied health involvement in a coordinated and multidisciplinary approach to local health care in order to improve patient outcomes.

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Charlotte Pointeaux
BSc Biological Sciences
WEDG and Project Administrative Officer

Room 210, Mackie Building (K01)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9351 3456
F: +61 2 9351 6646

Charlotte joined WEDG in mid 2013 to provide administrative, project and finance support across the team and project portfolio. Her primary priorities include conducting project management tasks across the project portfolio and developing new project management resources, team HR, and revising the WEDG website.

Charlotte's background in education design and development programs across a range of sectors from Higher Education to company director education has given her a keen interest in how innovative technologies and instructional design can influence practice and outcomes.