UON's New Horizons in Society, Health and Disability Research

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Hunter Medical Research Institute, Newcastle NSW Australia

NSW 2305


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This event involves two related but separate days, and it is possible to register for one or both days.

This Seminar is supported by the Faculty of Education and Arts Strategic Network and Pilot Projects Grants 2017 to the Society Health and Disability Research Group; and by Hunter Medical Research Institute.

This is a provisional program, changes may be announced prior to the date of the event.

Society, Health, and Disability Research Group

SYMPOSIUM "New Horizons in Society, Health and Disability Research"

Program at a glance

DAY ONE: 16th November, 8.30am – 3.30pm – Full Day Seminar; 7pm – Self-funded dinner (Venue to be announced)

DAY TWO: 17th November 8.30am – 12.00pm – Half Day Masterclass; 1.00pm – 4.00pm – Roundtables

Venue: Hunter Medical Research Institute, John Hunter Hospital NSW

Cost: $10 catering per person per day (contribution to the costs of refreshments). CASH ONLY

This Seminar is supported by the Faculty of Education and Arts Strategic Network and Pilot Projects Grants 2017 to the Society Health and Disability Research Group; and by Hunter Medical Research Institute.

This is a provisional program, changes may be announced prior to the date of the event.

Registration: Email your name, email address, and phone number to with New Horizons Research Seminar in the subject line. Bring your cash on the day. Thank you!

DAY ONE Thursday 16th November Registration 8.30am; Keynote starts at 9.00am –

Keynote Speaker - Professor Alan Cribb, King’s College London UK. UON International Visiting Research Fellow. “Better Health Care: Extending the conversation between improvement science and the humanities and social sciences.”

Professor Cribb’s research relates to applied philosophy and health policy. He has a particular interest in developing interdisciplinary scholarship that links philosophical, social science and professional concerns, and he has written about health care ethics, health promotion, psychological oncology, health economics, higher education and medical education. He is the co-director of the Centre for Public Policy Research at King’s College London, UK.

Health care quality improvement is a major national and international policy priority. At the same time, as many proponents recognise, quality improvement does not always deliver the improvements intended and can also generate problems and risks of its own. It is in this context that ‘improvement science’ has grown up with a focus on strengthening the rigour and theory-base of improvement work. In this presentation, Alan will reflect on some emerging trends within improvement science and in particular argue for an expansive conception of ‘improvement research’ and address the question of how quality improvement and improvement research are strengthened by embracing fresh perspectives and paradigms.

10.00am – 10.30am Plenary papers of the Research Group.

Bronwyn Hemsley and Euridice Charon-Cardona (15 mins). Call Bell Hell and Call Bell Harmony: A sociotechinical review of views of patients and nurses in hospital.

Ann Taylor, Caragh Brosnan, Gwendalyn Webb, and Sally Hewat (15 mins) – Equity in the classroom and the clinic: understanding health professional students’ experiences of studying sociology, and the implications for equity.

10.30am- 11.00am – Morning tea

11.00am – 12.00pm Invited Speaker: “Communicating with people about health: Health evidence, literacy, and policy”. Dr. Sophie Hill, La Trobe University Melbourne.

Sophie Hill is the Head of the Centre for Health Communication and Participation (, at La Trobe University, a centre she has established from the foundation of the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group ( The Centre has an applied focus on: coordinating the production and publication of evidence on interventions to communicate with people about health; innovative research on communication issues that have been neglected, such as multi-morbidity; and a knowledge translation function, for getting evidence into practice and policy.

12.00pm – 12.30pm

Paper presentation: Nicole Byrne, Rebecca Beirne, and Julia Coffey

Paper presentation: Milena Heinsch, Rachael Unicomb, Elizabeth Spencer, Joanne Walters

12.30pm – 1.15pm LUNCH and networking

  • Posters: All FEDUA staff and research higher degree candidates will be invited to display posters they have submitted to other conferences related to the themes of ‘society’ ‘disability’ and ‘health’. A poster competition will encourage attendance of research higher degree and early career researchers.

1.30pm Invited Speaker: Mr Russell McGowan

"Patient stories or patient reported outcome measures: Unlocking the wisdom of health service users."

What is the best way to unlock the wisdom of health service users, and use it in the continuous quality improvement of those services? Moreover, should we be relying on clinicians to collect and privilege this qualitative and quantitative data, or is there a specialist role in healthcare for the ethnographer or medical anthropologist, nurse or lay navigator? If so, how can such a role be defined, supported, and funded in the Australian context? What systemic changes should we be seeking to improve the collection of patient perspectives on their experiences in healthcare to enable them to partner with clinicians to ensure they can meet new national safety and quality standards as they emerge.

Russell McGowan is a patient representative and advisor to the board of the International Society for Quality in Health Care who has been active in the healthcare consumer movement since the early 1990s. He served as President of the Health Care Consumers Association of the ACT for ten years and as Deputy Chair of the ACT Health Council. As well as acting as a Consumer Lead within the ACT Health Directorate on national standards he continues to advise the Safety and Quality Commission on standards for pricing safety and quality, utilising e-health and partnering with consumers. He is also Chair of the NSW/ACT State Advisory Committee of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. At the national level, as well as being a member of Friends of the National Rural Health Alliance Committee, he serves on the Board of the Public Health Association of Australia and as Secretary of the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance. He has recently been appointed as Honorary Adviser to the Board of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua).

2.30pm – 3.15pm Plenary papers of the research group

Paper presentation: Hamed Hosseini

Paper presentation: Kathleen McPhillips. Re-framing Trauma: Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of suffering.

Paper presentation: Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen

3.15pm – Summary, Forward Directions, Announcement of Best Poster; Best Paper.

3.30pm Close.

7pm Dinner: self-funded, at a local venue to facilitate further discussions and networking. Details of the dinner will be arranged closer to the date.

DAY TWO: Masterclass and Roundtables RESEARCH, IMPACT AND ENGAGEMENT IN KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION 17th November 2017 9.30am – 12 noon

Masterclass led by Professor Alan Cribb, King’s College London

“Working across boundaries: An exchange of knowledge about knowledge exchange.”

This is an opportunity for delegates to reflect on experiences of working across boundaries – for example, boundaries between ‘lay people’ and ‘professionals’ of various kinds, between academic and health service domains, and between sub-groups within each of these categories. What are the diverse challenges entailed, where do they come from, and what can be done to address them? The aim of the workshop is to enable participants to set their own experiences and plans within the larger framework of considerations that emerges from the event and, in so doing, to offer one another encouragement and develop strategies for the future. The event will be facilitated by Alan Cribb and include input from Alan and Dr Caragh Brosnan designed to illustrate and analyse some of the core issues relating to knowledge exchange within and across boundaries. The hope is that these reflections will act as a springboard for other perceptions and practical insights that will be harnessed through group work and collective deliberation. All welcome.

17th November 2017 1.30pm – 4.00pm

Concurrent Roundtable Discussions

1. ROUNDTABLE on DIGITAL HEALTH – led by Bronwyn Hemsley (UON)

Mini-presentations by four presenters will stimulate a rich discussion on

  1. Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley (Speech Pathology)
  2. Mr Ashley Young (Hunter New England Health)
  3. Mr Russell McGowan (Patient Representative and Advisor)
  4. Ms Darnel Murgatroyd (Digital Health Agency)

Industry members and potential research partners will meet together in this half-day roundtable to develop future directions for research and collaboration on digital health innovations. Supporting discussion of the ‘problems’ faced by the industry will help to foster new connections and target the group’s research towards problem focused research and its translation.

  • The digital health innovation ‘My Health Record’ Opt Out system: toward new patient-centred developments
  • Accelerating change, and using social media to develop knowledge, awareness, uptake and use of digital innovations
  • Research priorities and forming new collaborations to answer sociotechnical and health-related questions
  • Funding sources / industry members being connected to develop research on digital health
  • Examples of enduring societal problems that digital health systems could help to address
  • The healthcare safety or quality problems that digital health systems pose or address
  • How can we have better ‘user-centred’ design/interactions with developers?

2. ROUNDTABLE ON SIMULATION – led by Sally Hewat (UON) and Joanne Walters (UON)

This roundtable discussion will focus on the use of simulation to support research, student learning, teaching and clinical practice. Participants can contribute to discussion around the use, opportunities, benefits, challenges and innovations of simulation in any discipline or area of inquiry. The discussion will include snapshots of current simulation research using speech pathology examples from across Australia, and related to:

  • Replacing clinical placement time with simulation
  • Specific practice areas such as stuttering
  • Teaching cultural and linguistic diversity (CALD)
  • Students’ anxiety and confidence
  • Interviewing for clinical positions
  • Interdisciplinary practice
  • A framework for developing discipline-specific skills

We welcome participants discussing their own experiences with simulation in relation their research, teaching, student learning, and clinical practice. The outcome for participants will be to identify how simulation can be used and embedded into teaching and/or clinic practice and explore collaborative interdisciplinary research opportunities.

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