Ms Debbi Long

Casual Academic

School of Humanities and Social Science (Sociology and Anthropology)

Career Summary

Qualifications

  • Masters Degree, University of Nijmegan - The Netherlands

Keywords

  • anthropology
  • cultural anthropology
  • feminist anthropology
  • health industrial relations
  • health organisation and management
  • hospital ethnography
  • medical anthropology
  • organisational and management analysis

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
150399Business and Management not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
2/02/2015 - 18/12/2015Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
2/02/2015 - 18/12/2015Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/02/2013 - 6/12/2013LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/07/2012 - 15/12/2012LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/11/2010 - 15/12/2010Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
26/07/2010 - 3/12/2010Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
18/12/2008 - 19/12/2008Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
16/12/2008 - 17/12/2008Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Iedema R, Long D, Carroll K, 'Corridor communication, spatial design and patient safety: Enacting and managing complexities', Organizational Spaces: Rematerializing the Workaday World, Edward Elgar Publishing, London 41-57 (2010) [B1]
CitationsScopus - 3

Journal article (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Long D, Hunter C, Van Der Geest S, 'When the field is a ward or a clinic: Hospital ethnography', Anthropology and Medicine, 15 71-78 (2008) [C3]
DOI10.1080/13648470802121844
CitationsScopus - 14
2006Iedema RAM, Jorm C, Long D, Braithwaite J, Travaglia J, Westbrook M, 'Turning the medical gaze in upon itself: Root cause analysis and the investigation of clinical error', Social Science and Medicine, 62 1605-1615 (2006)

In this paper, we discuss how a technique borrowed from defense and manufacturing is being deployed in hospitals across the industrialized world to investigate clinical errors. We open with a discussion of the levers used by policy makers to mandate that clinicians not just report errors, but also gather to investigate those errors using root cause analysis (RCA). We focus on the tensions created for clinicians as they are expected to formulate 'systems solutions' that go beyond blame. In addressing these matters, we present a discourse analysis of data derived during an evaluation of the NSW Health Safety Improvement Program. Data include transcripts of RCA meetings which were recorded in a local metropolitan teaching hospital. From this analysis we move back to the argument that RCA involves clinicians in 'immaterial labour', or the production of communication and information, and that this new labour realizes two important developments. First, because RCA is anchored in the principle of health care practitioners not just scrutinizing each other, but scrutinizing each others' errors, RCA is a challenging task. Second, thanks to turning the clinical gaze in on the clinical observer, RCA engenders a new level of reflexivity of clinical self and of clinical practice. We conclude with asking whether this reflexivity will lock the clinical gaze into a micro-sociology of error, or whether it will enable this gaze to influence matters superordinate to the specifics of practice and the design of clinical treatments; that is, the over-arching governance and structuring of hospital care. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.08.049
CitationsScopus - 41
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Ms Debbi Long

Positions

Casual Academic
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Casual Academic
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Sociology and Anthropology

Contact Details

Emaildebbi.long@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 7359

Office

RoomW344
BuildingBehavioural Sciences Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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