WEDG Research and Consultancy Portfolio

Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research Centre Grant

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Project Duration: 2012- 2016
Website: Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research Centre

Sydney Catalyst is a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional endeavour established with core funding from the Cancer Institute NSW and based at the University of Sydney. It brings together teams of clinicians and researchers across member organisations across New South Wales (NSW) with the purpose of facilitating the rapid translation of scientific discoveries into clinical policy and practice to improve patient outcomes.

Associate Professor Tim Shaw chairs the Implementation Science Working Party in the Sydney Catalyst Transitional Cancer Research Centre. Aside from running Sydney Catalyst the team is working on the Flagship program 'Knowledge Translation in Cancer’ that is investigating and closing gaps in care in lung cancer across NSW.

Sydney West Translational Cancer Research Centre Grant

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Project Duration: 2013- 2014
Website: Sydney West Translational Cancer Research Centre

Associate Professor Tim Shaw is Associate Researcher and with the WEDG team is responsible for leading and coordinating education research and implementation science projects at the Sydney West Translational Cancer Research Centre. We are developing implementation strategies to accelerate how scientific discovery is passed into clinical practice within a knowledge management framework to close gaps outcomes in lung cancer across NSW.

Cancer Learning website development

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Project Duration: 2006 - ongoing
Website: Cancer Learning

Project involved a full review of best-practice CPD training for cancer professionals. From this review and consultation, inter-professional ICT-based cancer CPD training packages and frameworks are being developed and piloted across the sector that link with accreditation standards, credentialing and clinical networks.

Development of a Community of Practice on Implementation Research Education

Project Duration: commenced 2013 to 2014

There is increasing evidence of the failure to translate research findings into clinical practice. Implementation science is a relatively new discipline focussed on the most effective ways of achieving
this translation. There are few established centres of excellence in Implementation Science in Australia and researchers involved in implementation science are scattered across organisations.

As part of the development of Translational Cancer Research Centres (TCRCs) the Cancer Institute NSW contacted the Workforce Education and Development Group through the Implementation Working Party to develop a community of practice across TCRCs. After a successful first year funding is being reviewed.

This project aims to:

  • Increase knowledge and skills in the science of implementation and translation of evidence into practice through development of a curriculum framework and an educational program.
  • Provide support for conceptual developments in implementation projects including frameworks, practice and data gaps, strategies and methodologies.
  • Support establishment of network of scientists and clinicians involved in implementation science through the development of a Knowledge hub and portal.

Development of online modules on Hepatitis C and B for The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) NSW

Project Duration: 2 projects running consecutively in 2014

The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) NSW delivers both the Hepatitis C and the Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber Course via face-to-face workshops and online modules. ASHM engaged WEDG as a consultant to develop a new online module for each course that is interactive and responsive to the needs of general practitioners and other medical practitioners in this rapidly moving area of practice.

Development and support of the new Basic science Oncology Course (BSOC) curriculum

Current project duration: 2014 - 2015

In 2010 The Health Education and Training Institute (NSW Health) contracted the Workforce Education Development Group to carry out an evaluation of the Basic Sciences of Oncology Course and report on its findings. The evaluation provided recommendations for the future of the program in relation to curriculum, instructional design and delivery methods, learning experiences and learning outcomes against current best practice.

WEDG is now undertaking further development funded through the Cancer Institute NSW to support the new Basic science Oncology Course (BSOC) curriculum including:

  • creating case based examples, practical exercises, and role plays in patient/team communication
  • writing formative assessments
  • creating innovations around multi-disciplinary team based panels, role plays and discussions
  • developing new modules and revision of course materials.

Cancer Survivorship website development

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Project Duration: 2013 - present
Website: http://sur2.wedg.org.au/about

The Cancer Survivorship Package website was funded and developed by the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, a Richard Pratt legacy in collaboration with Cancer Australia, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the Workforce Education and Development Group (WEDG) based at the University of Sydney.

The website has been designed to offer up to date, evidence based information and professional development resources for health professionals who provide care for people affected by cancer.

Within an introductory package of learning modules and videos, equivalent to three to four hours of learning the aim is to:

  • Highlight the context of cancer survivorship in Australia
  • Raise awareness of services and interventions for cancer survivors
  • Raise awareness of how to implement system change to improve outcomes for cancer survivors

Promoting Multidisciplinary Cancer Care to General Practitioners

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Project Duration: 2013
Website: http://www.canrefer.org.au/

WEDG, on behalf of the Cancer Institute NSW, developed ‘The Multidisciplinary Care Package for GPs’ (MDC Package), an online knowledge resource aimed at raising general practitioner (GP) awareness of the benefits of multidisciplinary care and referring their patients to specialists who are part of a multidisciplinary team. The ultimate goal of the project was to improve the outcomes of those affected by cancer by facilitating access to multidisciplinary care which is considered to be best practice cancer care. The online resource provides a summary of best evidence of the benefits of multidisciplinary team care, point-of-care tools and resources to facilitate referral decision making, and access to Canrefer, the CINSW online cancer referral network. This GP resource is being integrated into the Canrefer site after being piloted within two Medicare Local districts.

Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course

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Project Duration: 2001 - present
Client / Stakeholders: NSW Ministry of Health
Website: Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course Site

WEDG has developed and manages this NSW pharmacotherapy accreditation training package on behalf of the NSW Ministry for Health. The course has been running for over a decade, during which time it has been frequently revised in response to new innovations in online educational theory, legislative change and participant feedback. It currently utilises a unique model of online education which allows participants to transition from knowledge acquisition to demonstration of learning over the duration of the course.

Indicators of Cancer Care Coordination Success

Project Duration: commenced 2014 to present

WEDG is working with Cancer Institute NSW on a seminal project to identify indicators of success in cancer care coordination. WEDG is providing expert consultancy in the review and synthesis of the care coordination indicator evidence-base, plus the development of a prioritisation framework to quantify and refine the indicator set via stakeholder consultation. The identified priority indicator set will inform the Cancer Institute NSW’s implementation of system wide indicators of success in cancer care coordination.

Turning Point Safety and Quality for Nursing Staff - Qstream education program

Project Duration: 2009 - present
Website: Hospital Skills Program One of Two

WEDG leads this international program with Partners HealthCare Boston and Sydney Medical School to reduce adverse events occurring with patient care. The program involves 600 nurses across Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Newton Wellesley Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. In this project we are using novel online methodologies to rapidly turn data from adverse events into targeted education. Also see Hospital Skills Program Two

Consumer Learning website development

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Project Duration: 2012
Website: http://consumerlearning.canceraustralia.gov.au

The Consumer Learning website was developed in collaboration with the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia Sydney (COSA) and funded by Cancer Australia.

This site has been developed to enhance the contribution of people affected by cancer to clinical trials research. Consumers working with the Cancer Cooperative Trials Groups (CCTGs), and consumers more broadly, now have access to a suite of learning and support initiatives to enhance knowledge and skills in partnering with researchers to conduct quality patient-centered clinical trial research. The aim is to encourage consumers, researchers and health professionals conducting clinical trials research across Australia, to access this resource.

St Vincents Foundation Research Grants: Educating Palliative Care Nurses in Improving Pain Management program

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Project Duration: 2011 - present
Client / Stakeholders: Sacred Heart at St Vincent’s and The University of Notre Dame
Website: Palliative Care Qstream Module

WEDG is collaborating with St Vincent’s and Notre Dame on this grant piloting the use of novel online learning methodologies to increase pain management capabilities by palliative care nurses and decrease palliative care patients reports of pain.

Over the course of a twelve month period WEDG worked closely with a core group of nurses to develop a series of Qstream cases relating to pain management. These have since been piloted with a broader group of palliative care nurses and have received an encouraging response.

Improving the effectiveness of the Open School Project

Project Duration: 2008 - ongoing
Client / Stakeholders: Institute for Healthcare Improvement

In 2008/9 Associate Professor Tim Shaw worked as an academic advisor to Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, USA to improve the effectiveness of their open school project in safety and quality. This role is ongoing and A/Prof Shaw is now a member of the Academic Oversight Committee of the IHI Open School.

ISQua Knowledge portal development

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Project Duration: 2010 - 2012
Website: ISQua Knowledge

WEDG led this project which involved developing a knowledge portal for the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) to:

  • foster interaction and collaboration between researchers and clinicians engaged in safety and quality worldwide
  • prove the capacity to deliver quality care
  • increase the profile of the society on an international scale

Online Spaced Education for Residents program

Project Duration:2009 - 2012
Client / Stakeholders: Partners Harvard Medical International

WEDG developed an innovative online program to support junior doctors in gaining awareness of National Patient Safety Goals and ultimately changing their practice. Phase 1 was piloted across the Partners Healthcare Hospitals in March 2010 (Massachussets General and Brigham & Women’s Hospitals).

Healthy Workers Portal development

Project Duration: 2011
Client / Stakeholders: Department of Health, the Boden Institute and Faculty of Business

This project was an initiative of the Department of Health in collaboration with the Boden Institute and Faculty of Business. WEDG was one of a consortium on this project that researched and developed a portal to improve workers health for the Department of Health.

Using Wikis to speed Guideline Development and Promote Dissemination

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Project Duration: 2011 - 2012
Client / Stakeholders: Cancer Council
Website: Cancer Council Lung Cancer Treatment Guidelines Qstream module

WEDG worked with Ian Olver, Chair of the Cancer Council on this project to investigate how online programs such as Spaced Education (Qstream) can be used to quickly and effectively disseminate guidelines around lung cancer and other diseases.

The Cancer Council Australia wiki platform is web-based information and education on clinical practice guidelines and that can be constantly updated.

This course focuses on current practice in stage IV lung cancer treatment. Those that would most benefit are oncologists and trainees working in treating lung cancer patients.

Online education program in Ethics and Professionalism

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Project Duration: 2012 - 2013
Client / Stakeholders: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Website: Ethics and Professionalism for Surgical Trainees Qstream Module

WEDG directed this project in which we piloted an online Spaced Education Professionalism Course amongst 80 General Surgical Trainees using the Qstream format.

Diabetes Management

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Project Duration: 2011 - 2013
Client / Stakeholders: Curtin University
Website: Diabetes Management Qstream module

WEDG has been involved in ongoing collaborative efforts with Professor Moyez Jiwa to develop online resources to educate general practitioners on issues relating to the management of Diabetes Type II. This has culminated in the development of two Qstream modules: Diabetes Management and Diabetes Management II.

Online learning programs in Breast cancer and Lung Cancer for GPs

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Project Duration: 2012 - present
Client / Stakeholders: Clinical Oncology Society Australia (COSA)
Website: COSA Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Qstream module

WEDG is directing this project in which we are piloting an online module which targets medical practitioners who are involved in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Medication Management Review

Project Duration: 2005 - 2012
Website: Medication Management Review

WEDG managed the development and delivery of this program for 7 years. It provided training for pharmacists to conduct medication reviews and report back to GPs.

Universities Partnership Project

Project Duration: 2009 - ongoing
Client / Stakeholders: Medical Colleges of Australia

WEDG leads this project which investigates how universities and professional colleges can improve the way they collaborate in the education and assessment of physicians and surgeons in Australia. This has led to the development of the Deans Fellowships and combined degree programs with Professional Colleges in Australia

Development of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program for the Hospitalist and Hospital Skills Program

Client / Stakeholders: South East Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service (SESIAHS) for NSW Health
Duration: 2008 - 2009

This project supported the introduction of the Hospitalist and Hospital Skills Program into New South Wales in 2007.

Through identifying the ‘in-service’ educational and training requirements of the program, WEDG developed an educational model and design of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities to further support the training of the Hospitalists. This included the development of an assessment blueprint and an online learning program.


Turning Data into Change consultancy for the Joint Commission Chicago, Boston USA

Project Duration: 2008 - 2009

During 2008 and 2009 Associate Professor Tim Shaw worked with the Joint Commission Resources as a consultant to review how hospitals in the USA can better use data to change practice and how ICT can be used to support this.

SAX Institute Rapid Review Grants: Tele-learning for Health Professionals

Duration: 2010

Review of efficacy and role of tele-learning technologies in health care education specifically around quality of learning outcomes achieved and the development of ongoing multidisciplinary learning communities.

Development of the National Patient Safety Education Framework

Project Duration: 2004 - 2006

WEDG managed this project which involved the development of a new approach to workforce training based on patient responsibility rather than professional allegiance. The project involved negotiation across medicine, nursing, allied health and the health support sector. The Framework is currently being used to underpin the Patient Safety Education Project described above.