August is almost spring.
Who said there is no winter in Sydney. Antarctic chill started in early May, and old homes have character but no heating system. I didn’t bring enough warm clothes in the move from Europe and felt really cold.
But then this first winter was cut in half in late June by going to a conference in Europe. I missed practically the whole of July in Australia.
Time and place all mingle in your perceptions. Back to Europe after only 6 months, but from such a distance away, it felt a year had passed.
Have you seen this?
Spacetime and the Structure of Reality: Carlo Rovelli
And when back August is almost spring!
Slowly slowly warming up, tiny flowers blooming among the winter trees.
After a few months the new life becomes routine, and you stop noticing the eucalyptus and the waterfront. Away a few weeks and the beauty of Sydney is resplendent again under my eyes.
In between July and August I have been to two conferences – ECIS in the UK, and then HIC when back in Sydney (jet-lagged).
At ECIS we had a poster, attended a workshop and it was a joy to meet everyone again, especially the team from Norway and colleagues from Leeds.
At HIC I presented a paper and it was shortlisted ! I was among three out of five presenters from CHSSR (Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research) and one of us (Melissa Baysari) won the prize, so: celebrations!
HIC was a great opportunity to learn about eHealth in Australia – including the My Health Record debate (or political football?). And attended a demonstration of EPIC. And I am now a registered member of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA).
Research progress: Ethics, and the study begins…
Received approval from Ethics, both in London and in Sydney.
While preparing for interviews, the study begins with analysis of patient safety incidents from oncology paediatrics: 827 to go, through the lenses of mindfulness and interdependencies and e-prescribing, over and over again, re-reading, re-coding, re-assessing my own thinking…
‘‘… if the purpose is to achieve a safer healthcare system, then it is necessary to go further and reflect on what the incident reveals about the gaps and inadequacies in the healthcare system in which it occurred. The incident acts as a ‘‘window’’ on the system—hence systems analysis. Incident analysis, properly understood, is not a retrospective search for root causes but an attempt to look to the future’’. (Vincent, 2004)
Events and Seminars for this term
- Mid-year AIHI HDR Showcase, with presentations from PhD students of research in progress (1/5/2018)
- Dr Jean-Frederic Levesque: What role does data and information play in securing improvement in healthcare? A conceptual framework for levers of change (09/05/2018)
- MQ Workshop: Discussing Research Ideas with Non-Academic Partners (2/5/18 -13:30-3pm), organised by MQ research services.
- Taking Online Interventions to the Next Level with Implementation Science Symposium: A focus on paediatric and adolescent oncology, Organised by Cancer Implementation Science Community of Practice, at The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (22/05/2018 9-12:30)
- ECR lunch club: Things no one told me about a PhD: Q&A panel for HDR students and new supervisors (24/05/2018)
- Alison Verhoeven – Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association: Healthy people, healthy systems: strategies for outcomes-focused and value-based healthcare (5/6/2018)
- Dr Carmel Crock: Diagnostic error in medicine: Can we talk? (19/6/2018) (leading the 1st Australasian Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference)
- Dr David W. Bates: Engaging patients in new ways: the PROSPECT Study (27/07/2018)
- Prof Deborah Schofield: Health Economics and Genomics (2/8 /2018)
- Prof Tracey Bucknall: Clinical decision-making in hospitals: Where the rubber hits the road! (7/8/2018)
- Prof Tor Ingebrigtsen: Leadership for continuous quality improvement: Lessons learned during 20 years as department head and CEO at the University Hospital of North Norway (23/8/2018)
Vincent, C. A. (2004). Analysis of clinical incidents: a window on the system not a search for root causes. Quality and Safety in Health Care 13(4): 242-243.