Division of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy

Title of application Project leader/contact
Food for thought: Understanding How Aussies Eat and Talk about Food Wendy Stuart Smith - synopsis (PDF)
The Effect of Higher Education on the Future Social Participation Opportunities of Children with Poor Health Emily Callander
Reactions to Diversity Among Medical Students Engaged in Patient-centered Learning: An Evaluation of Diversity Training in the 'My Patient' Curriculum Renewal Program Kimberley Ivory
Partnerships with Community Patients in Medical Education Emily Hibbert
Evaluating the Impact of Community – University Partnership on Career Aspirations for Disadvantaged Students in Remote NSW Deb Jones - synopsis (PDF)
Widening Student Participation in Human Cellular Physiology Stuart Fraser

Evaluating the impact of community-university partnership on career aspirations for disadvantaged students in remote NSW: promoting educational attainment through community engaged service led learning

Debra Jones and Associate Professor Chris Roberts
The project seeks to explore the ways in which an innovative and growing community-university partnership can impact on the personal, contextual and experiential factors that shape rural and remote students’ interest, choice, motivations and careers aspirations in Far West NSW. The project also seeks to understand community and university partner perspectives on further developing the model across school education and service learning models.

Food for thought: Understanding how Aussies eat and talk about food

Wendy Stuart-Smith and Katherine Jukic
Additional education sessions run during the first year of the Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics degree to increase students’ understanding of food supply and food habits in Australia, and to strengthen and consolidate counselling and communication skills.

Partnerships with community patients in medical education

Dr Emily Hibbert
Patients are an essential prerequisite for clinical education in medicine, but are often recruited on an ad hoc basis and the recruitment is very time consuming for clinical tutors. This project funds a dedicated Patient Liaison Officer to assist with recruitment of potential patients using innovative methods to build substantial patient numbers on a confidential database.

Reactions to diversity among medical students engaged in patient centred learning: An evaluation of diversity training in the ‘My Patient’ curriculum renewal program

Dr Kimberley Ivory
The project aims to:

  • Assess existing levels of cultural diversity understanding in our student population and consider ways we might harness this to enrich future My Patient curriculum and inform the development of cultural diversity curriculum for the entire Sydney medical program
  • Identify students’ learning needs around working with diversity
  • Learn more about our students as learners and how this may be impacted by their past training or cultural origins
  • Assess the impact of medical culture and the role of the ‘hidden curriculum,’ on students’ attitudes to working with and within cultural diversity

Student Diversity: What do we know about our students and how does it affect our teaching?

Dr Meloni Muir
The project will investigate staff knowledge of their students’ diversity and how that information impacts on their teaching practices. A new online scale to measure university-wide academic staff awareness of student diversity will be developed. Business and Science staff will receive summaries of student diversity data extracted from FlexSYS at the beginning of each semester. At the end of each semester, staff will be asked complete an online questionnaire to assess if, and how, they used this information in their teaching and curriculum design.

The effect of higher education on the future social participation opportunities of children with poor health

Emily Callander
Higher education may have the potential to mitigate the impacts of childhood disability, and assist these disadvantaged children overcome the limitations of ill health and lead productive lives in adulthood. This project will analyse a longitudinal dataset to assess the impact of higher education on the labour force participation of individuals who suffered a childhood disability.

Widening Student Participation in Human Cellular Physiology

Dr Stuart Fraser
Renewal of the curricula in two units of study through 100% student inclusion in assessment design and implementation. Inclusion will be achieved by: real-time student-lecturer feedback using an audience response system; student-driven assessment and peer-assessment.