Centre for


Research Themes

  • Clinical reasoning
  • Interprofessional education
  • Cultural compentence
  • Patient safety
  • Preparation for practice
  • The impact and outcomes of educational innovations
  • The student experience (including transition and retention)

Research Projects

Clinical reasoning project

Clinical Reasoning

Australian Learning and Teaching Council Project: Examining the impact of simulated patients and information communication technology on nursing students' clinical reasoning (2008-2011).

IPE for QUM project

Interprofessional Education for Quality Use of Medicines

Australian Learning and Teaching Council Project - Interprofessional Education: Enhancing the teaching of medication safety to nursing, pharmacy and medical students (2010-2012).

Final Report

Evaluating the impact of a cultural simulation activity for health professional students

This project is  evaluating the impact of a 3D cultural simulation on health professional students' empathy for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people, and investigating whether there is a relationship between  cultural empathy and behavioural intentions in relation to culturally competent practice.  A mixed methods research design incorporating  a quasi-experimental approach, pre-test post-test questionnaires and audio-recording of a group debrief is being used to collect data from  nursing, midwifery and medical students at The University of Newcastle.