About WEDG Research and Consultancy Services

About WEDG Research

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Associate Professor Tim Shaw is currently a Chief Investigator on over 10 research grants totaling over $1.4M.

Key research achievements over last 5 years include leading a number of large randomized trials investigating the impact of targeted education on practice amongst primary care physicians across the USA and across Resident Doctors at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. These studies demonstrated that significant practice change could be achieved through online education and resulted in publication in the British Medical Journal Safety and Quality and award for research publication of the year in the Journal of Continuing Professional Development in the Health Professions (2012).

This work has led to a significant number of ongoing translational research projects both in Australia and the United States investigating issues such as pain management, referral for genetic counseling, management of breast cancer and diagnosis in lung cancer. A number of these research grants are detailed below.

Research Focus

The Workforce Education and Development Group focuses on a number of research themes including but not limited to:

  • How can we use knowledge translation frameworks to integrate multiple approaches to improving health
  • How we can used new technologies and blended learning to change clinician practice in line with evidence-based practice to improve health outcomes
  • What factors impact on the effectiveness of clinical education and assessment, including local environment, governance, and incentives.

Recent Awards

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

Awarded title of ISQua expert in Education and Implementation Science. International Society for Safety and Quality 2013

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 for Associate Professor Tim Shaw, 2012

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

WEDG Projects and Consultancy Services

Projects includes short-term consultation and ongoing work for clients both nationally and internationally, including website review and development, the building of online learning packages for healthcare professionals and targetted online learning courses using Qstream, a proven spaced education method, to change professional knowledge and practice.

WEDG Clients and Partner Organisations

The Workforce Education and Development Group caters to the needs of a wide variety of clients in the Australian and international medical community. Over the years we have worked closely with the following organisations and groups in our research and consultancy activities.

  • Australian Medical Council
  • Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) NSW
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital USA
  • Cancer Australia
  • Cancer Council
  • Cancer Institute NSW
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia
  • Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA)
  • Gold Cross Products and Services
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Institute for Medical Education and Training
  • International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua)
  • Joint Commission Resources, Chicago
  • Massachusetts General Hospital USA
  • New South Wales Health
  • NSW Health
  • Partners and Partners Healthcare International
  • Queensland Heath
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Recovre
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • St Vincent's Foundation
  • Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research Centre
  • Sydney Medical School
  • Sydney West Translational Cancer Research Centre
  • University of Notre Dame Australia
  • World Health Organisation

Recent Publications

  1. Ashe, D., Yeoman, P. & Shaw, T. Qstream: learning in the ‘in between’. In L. Carvalho & P. Goodyear (Eds.) The architecture of productive learning networks. New York: Routledge. [In press- accepted 31-8-13]
  2. Wardak, D., Paul Parker, P., & Shaw, T. ISQua Knowledge: fostering a sense of community for the emerging field of quality in health care. . In L. Carvalho & P. Goodyear (Eds.) The architecture of productive learning networks. New York: Routledge. [In press- accepted 31-8-13]
  3. Gyorki, D. E., Shaw, T., Nicholson, J., Baker, C., Pitcher, M., Skandarajah, A., Seolov, E., & Mann, G. B. (2013). Improving the impact of didactic resident training with online spaced education. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 83 (2013) 477–48
  4. 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.
  5. Tomlinson, J., Shaw, T.J., Munro, A., Johnson, R., Madden, L., Phillips, R., & McGregor, D. (2013). How does tele-learning compare with other forms of education delivery? A systematic review of tele-learning education outcomes for health professionals, NSW Public Health Bulletin. Vol 24(2).
  6. Shaw T.J., McGregor, D., Sinclair, S., Sutherland, R., Munro, A. and Ross, J. (2013) e-learning portal for professional development in cancer care. Education + Training. [In press, accepted 31-5-13].
  7. Shaw, T.J., Pernar, L.I.M., Peyre, S.E., Helfrick, J.F., Vogelgesang, K., Graydon-Baker, E., Chretien, Y., Brown, E.J,, Nicholson, J., Heit, J.J., Co, J.P., & Gandhi, T.K. (2012) Impact of online education on intern behaviour around Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals: A randomised trial. BMJ Qual Safety 21:819-825.
  8. Jiwa, M., Meng, X., Sriram, D., Hughes, J., Colagiuri, S., Twigg, S., Skinner, T., & Shaw TJ. (2012). The management of type 2 diabetes: a survey of Australian general practitioners. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 95(3), 326–332.
  9. Pernar, L. I., Shaw, T. J., Pozner, C. N., Vogelgesang, K. R., Lacroix, S. E., Gandhi, T. K., & Peyre, S. E. (2012). Using an objective structured clinical examination to test adherence to joint commission national patient safety goal associated behaviors. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 38(9), 414-418.
  10. Pernar, L., Shaw, T., Pozner, C., Vogelgesang, K., & Peyre, S. A (2011). 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.
  11. Shaw, T., Long, A., Chopra, S., & Kerfoot, B. (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.
  12. Jiwa, M., Chan, W., Ross, J., Shaw, T., & Magin, P. (2011). Communities of practice - quality improvement or research in general practice. Australian Family Physician. 40(1-2), 72-75.
  13. 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.
  14. Long, A., Kerfoot, B., Chopra, S., & Shaw, T. (2010). Online spaced education to supplement live courses. Medical Education. 44(5), 519-520.
  15. 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(1), 13.
  16. Emanuel, L., Walton, M., Hatlie, M., Lau, D., & Shaw, T., Shalowitz, J., Combes, J. (2008) The Patient Safety Education Project: An International Collaboration. In Henriksen, K. Battles, J., Keyes, M., & Grady, M.L. (Eds.) Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches 1, 1-15. United States: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  17. Thistlethwaite, J., Kidd, M., Leeder, S., & Shaw, T., Corcoran, K. (2008). Enhancing the choice of general practice as a career. Australian Family Physician. 37(11), 964-968.
  18. Thistlethwaite, J., Leeder, S., Kidd, M., & Shaw, T. (2008). Addressing general practice workforce shortages: policy options. Medical Journal of Australia. 189(2), 118-121.
  19. 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), 251-257.
  20. 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.

Major reports and program reviews

  1. Shaw, T.J., Barnet S (2013). Review of the Basic Skills in Oncology Course (BSOC). Prepared for Cancer Institute of NSW. Workforce Education and Development Group, The University of Sydney, Sydney.
  2. Shaw, T.J., Ross, J., & Munro, A. (2011). Professional Development Framework for Cancer Australia 2012-2016. Prepared for Cancer Australia. Workforce Education and Development Group, The University of Sydney, Sydney.
  3. Tomlinson, J., Munro, A., & Shaw, T.J. (2011) Chronic Disease Guideline Implementation Interventions: A Systematic Literature Review to Inform a Strategic Implementation Plan for Diabetes Guidelines. Prepared for Diabetes Australia. Workforce Education and Development Group, The University of Sydney, Sydney.
  4. Colagiuri, S., Buchanan, J., Shaw, T.J., Bauman, A., Caterson, I., Gill, T., & Rissel, C. (2011). Healthy Workers Portal. The Development of content and related resources for a national healthy workers portal. Prepared for Department of Health and Ageing. Boden Institute, Workplace Research Centre, and Workforce Education and Development Group, The University of Sydney
  5. Barnet, S., Shaw, T.J., & Ross, J. (2010). Review of Extended Care Paramedics Program. Prepared for Ambulance NSW. Workforce Education and Development Group, The University of Sydney, Sydney.
  6. Shaw, T.J. (2009). Review of online learning programs and options for Joint Commission resources. Report for Joint Commission Resources, Chicago. Private consultation.
  7. Shaw, T.J., Connolly, G., & Ross, J. (2009). Cancer Nurse Specialisation – a scoping study. Report for the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. Workforce Education and Development Group, The University of Sydney, Sydney.
  8. Barnet, S., Kumar, K., & Shaw, T.J., (2007). Review of workplace-based assessment methods. Resource developed for Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare. Workforce Education and Development Group, The University of Sydney, Sydney.
  9. Thistlethwaite, J., Shaw, T.J., Kidd, M., & Leeder, A., (2007). Attracting health professionals into Primary care. APHCRI Report. Centre for Innovation in Professional Health Education and Training, The University of Sydney, Sydney.
  10. Barnet, S.B, Shaw, T.J., Ross, J., & Walton, M. (2007). Using the National Patient Safety Education Framework as a common training package in the professional health sector. Report for Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare. Centre for Innovation in Professional Health Education and Training, The University of Sydney, Sydney.
  11. Shaw, T.J., Ross, J.R., Barnet, S.B., & Kumar, K. (2006). Strengthening Cancer Care – Development of Continuing Professional Development Packages. Report to Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. Centre for Innovation in Professional Health Education and Training, The University of Sydney, Sydney.
  12. Walton, M., Shaw, T.J., Barnet, S. and Ross, J. (2005). Report (4 volumes): The National Patient Safety Education Framework. The Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Healthcare. Centre for Innovation in Professional Health Education and Training, The University of Sydney, Sydney.
  13. Shaw T.J. (2005) A model to develop a common training package for the professional health sector. Australian Productivity Commission Health Workforce Review. Centre for Innovation in Professional Health Education and Training, The University of Sydney, Sydney.
  14. Shaw, T.J., Barnet, S., and Kramer, K. (2003). Report on the Review of Error in Medicine Training Program. Institute of Clinical Excellence. Centre for Innovation in Professional Health Education and Training, The University of Sydney, Sydney.
  15. Shaw, T.J. (2003). Report on Current and Projected Status of Basic Surgical Training Multiple Choice Question Administrative Database. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Centre for Innovation in Professional Health Education and Training, The University of Sydney, Sydney.