Dr Amanda Dawson

Dr Amanda Dawson

Senior Lecturer

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Amanda Dawson is a Specialist Academic General Surgeon who joined the University of Newcastle as a clinical academic in 2004.  She commenced as the inaugural Senior Lecturer in Surgery on the Central Coast, and was appointed Clinical Dean at the Central Coast Medical School (CCMS) in 2017.
Dr Dawson is widely recognised for her longstanding commitment to the School and CCMS, and has made an important contribution to a range of academic and clinical leadership roles, alongside her achievements in teaching in the Discipline of Surgery. Dr Dawson will be leading the Central Coast Medical School during this busy and exciting period, with the substantial University and Health Service developments on the Central Coast, including the establishment of the Central Coast Medical School.

She is an experienced Senior Specialist General Surgeon of 18 years standing with post-graduate training in upper gastro-intestinal, hepatobiliary, advanced laparoscopy and obesity surgery. She runs a public and private surgical practice, with regular on call and operating lists at Gosford Hospital, Wyong Hospital and Gosford Private Hospital. She supervises doctors in training from intern through resident and registrar to junior consultants.  She consistently demonstrates the high level medical knowledge, sound decision making and manual dexterity required by a competent surgeon.  She provides concise, and accurate communication of clinical information to health care professionals and patients that creates and sustains a professional relationship, whilst maintaining a caring attitude to patients and their families. 

Internationally she is recognised for her experience in education and educational research.  Exciting new student programs at the Central Coast Medical School in 2018 include the inaugural BEACCHES (Beginning Education at Central Coast Hospitals) and BRANCCHes (Be Research Active and Network Central Coast Hospitals) programs.   In 2018 she will present a workshop at the Association for Medical Education in Europe Annual conference in Basel Switzerland on "How to Run a Successful Clinical School" with collaborators from the UK. She developed the first Australian Surgical Trainee Led Collaborative Trials Group - STORCC.com (Surgical Trainee Organisation for Research Central Coast Collaborative) who are currently participating in two international student led trials - IMAGINE and GLOBALSurg3.  She also developed the award winning near peer teaching program - STITCCH.com (Surgical Trainee Initiated Teaching Central Coast Hospitals). This has led to a further near peer teaching program - ccPRAISE.org (Promoting Students Active Involvement in Student Education). At a national level and international level she is experienced at chairing and running educational and assessment activities for the Australian Medical Council and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  She is a passionate supporter of equity in health care and has instructed for the World Gastro Organisation for Train the Trainers in Africa, and has developed a new Indigenous Health Course for the Central Coast Medical School.

BIOGRAPHY

Amanda was born in Melbourne and completed her schooling at Niddrie High School.  As a high school student she started a lifetime commitment to medicine and research, and spent time as a laboratory research assistant, and assistant to a rural vet.  Her paper, "How Mammals are affected by Mathematics" won "The Age" Victoria State Prize for the Mathematics Talent Quest in 1984.

Amanda studied at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1992, completed her general surgical training at the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, and was awarded fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1999. During her training she was awarded the D.R. Leslie Prize by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Dr Dawson then undertook a two year fellowship in upper gastrointestinal and hepato-biliary surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgery at Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney.

In 2002, she commenced a period of research, with a Masters of Surgery at the University of New South Wales. Her thesis on the molecular biology of pancreatic cancer was completed as a post-graduate scholar at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Concurrently, she also completed a Masters of Medicine in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney.

Dr Dawson commenced as the inaugural Senior Lecturer in Surgery based at the Central Coast Medical School with the University of Newcastle in 2004 and achieved tenure in 2008. 

She believes education is integral to her role, and sees this as part of her professional responsibility. As a result Dr Dawson is involved in the educational paradigm at a local, national and international level for all levels of student from undergraduate through pre-vocational, accredited trainees to specialist consultant. 

She is also particularly diligent in updating her own knowledge and skill bases by constantly viewing the medical literature and attending professional meetings and interaction with colleagues.

Dr Dawson’s current roles include:

Senior Lecturer in Surgery, University of Newcastle

Clinical Dean of the Central Coast Medical School (commenced January 2017)

Director of the Teaching and Research Unit (commenced January 2017)

Chair Gosford Medical Staff Council (commenced January 2016)

Co-chair Phase 2 committee (year 3), MD- JMP, UON

Member, JMP Conjoint Academic Appointments Committee, UON

Chair, Surgery Clinical Scenario Writing Group, Australian Medical Council

• Immediate Past Chair of the CLEAR Committee (Critical Literature Evaluation and Review), Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.


PORTFOLIO OF ACTIVITIES

Academic General Surgery has consistently provided the mental and physical challenges that I require for a satisfying career. The attributes of the ideal surgeon have been described as “the mind of Aesculapius, the eye of an eagle, the heart of a lion, and the hands of a woman.” Although the size and ability of our hands are important for a smaller incision and improved clinical outcomes, it is the ability to multi-task and to co-operate with different stakeholders that is most critical. My clinical training as a general surgeon was combined with research training in clinical epidemiology and translational research and I have subsequently developed my leadership skills in many arenas. 

From an early age I had a desire to help others. Initially I was drawn to research whilst working as a laboratory assistant at High School, and after finishing my surgical training successfully completed two master’s degrees simultaneously with the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales. The work from my thesis on the Wnt signaling pathway and pancreatic cancer is likely to become important in the development of the genome based management of pancreatic cancer.

I commenced as the inaugural Senior Lecturer in Surgery based at the Central Coast Clinical School with the University of Newcastle in 2004 and achieved tenure in 2008. This was a newly created position and I particularly enjoyed my involvement in the development of the medical student program and derive much satisfaction from both the co-ordination and delivery of the teaching and assessment of medical students. I commenced as Acting Dean of the Clinical School in 2016 and was promoted to Clinical Dean of the Central Coast Medical School in 2017.

The volume of JMP students attending the Central Coast Clinical School continues to expand, and is now 6 times greater than when I started. The planning associated with the development of the new Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute is particularly rewarding. This project has achieved funding of $72.5 million for building the facility. The Medical Precinct Taskforce associated with the Research Institute is an Australia-first pilot that will seek to support a globally connected, locally focused institute with a focus on patient integrated care. 

Education is integral to my role, and I see this process of mentoring and facilitation of learning as part of my professional responsibility. I have expanded my influence to become involved in the entire educational paradigm at a local, national and international level for all levels of student from undergraduate through pre-vocational, accredited trainees to specialist consultant. This involves not only teaching and assessment delivery, but curriculum and assessment development, training of other instructors and simulated patients and setting of national professional standards at a leadership level. My interest extends beyond surgery to encompass other medical disciplines, allied health professionals and patients / role players in a true multi-disciplinary sense. I am particularly diligent in updating knowledge and skill bases by constantly viewing the medical literature and attending professional meetings and interaction with colleagues. My educational philosophy is to facilitate the learning process by promoting the critical evaluation of medical information and appropriate application of this information to clinical decision making. I aim to contribute to the dissemination of and application of medical knowledge through research, teaching and communication in general. 

Firstly at the local level in my role at Gosford Hospital with the University of Newcastle I directly co-ordinate and supervise the teaching of surgery to the year 4 JMP students. This involves the daily process of facilitating the student directed seminars and problem based learning sessions myself, together with utilizing bedside teaching, theatre and outpatient sessions with my fellow surgical consultants and surgeons in training. I also organize the end of semester exam Viva which requires 8 surgeons. Over the last 3 years, I have been assisting struggling medical students by leading the case management team. I am currently Clinical Dean of the Central Coast Clinical School and Director of the Teaching and Research Unit. This involves much greater responsibility to students and staff across all disciplines, together with financial management. I am also Chair of the CCLHD Medical Staff Council, and I have been elected annually to the post by my peers in all specialties since 2016 (this is currently by 3rd term).    

Secondly, my formal interaction with the University of Newcastle. Within the discipline of surgery, I have contributed to the curriculum re-development. I am involved in setting of the exam, writing new exam questions and Angoff marking. I am the surgical discipline representative on the Phase II committee, and I will continue to be involved in the MD curriculum development and implementation. 

At the national level, I have attained leadership roles within the Australian Medical Council. I have been a senior examiner since 2000 and was promoted in 2016 to Chair the Surgery Clinical Scenario Writing Group, and to leadership roles within the Clinical Assessment Panel and the Simulated Patient Review Group. The Surgery Clinical Scenario Writing Group, provides curriculum blue-printing,  writing and review of surgical questions for this examination. These roles influence the national standard setting in the medical examination process.

Internationally I have been active within the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the World Gastroenterology Organisation. As Chair of the CLEAR course for the RACS I  led a revitalization of the curriculum which now embraces online resources to enhance the relationship with the facilitators during the course. This also involved active membership of the RACS oversight committee (Surgical Education Committee) of all the surgical training courses.  For Train the Trainers (WGO) I have helped to improve the educational resources for those who teach in less developed areas of the world.

I experienced a significant career disruption between 2009 and 2013 while I was trying to start a family. I finally went on maternity leave from 2010 to 2011.

During this time I promoted my national and international position in the scholarship of teaching. However, now that my son is at school, I have recommenced my active research activities. I have expertise in project development and implementation; research methodology and assessment; data management and analysis; grant, ethics and publication preparation; information collation and dissemination; and website development and design. In 2016 I initiated a surgical research program on the Central Coast with groups based separately at Gosford and Wyong Hospitals. I have been responsible for supervising the projects of surgical trainees that include interns, residents, registrars and consultants with research, translational and service evaluation projects since 2016. Key areas of focus include: surgical interventions, service delivery, practice development, training evaluation, policy/guideline implementation, and information dissemination. 

My key current projects are to facilitate the entrepreneurial pedagogy of teaching. These projects include:

▪ STITCCH - surgical trainee initiative in teaching, central coast hospitals, stitcch.com

▪ STORCC - surgical trainee led organisation for research, central coast collaborative, storcc.com

▪ PRAISE - promoting resident active involvement in student education - ccPRAISE.org

▪ BEACCHES - Beginning Education at Central Coast Hospitals.

▪ BRANCCHes - Be Research Active and Network Central Coast Hospitals

STORCC is currently collaborating in 2 multi-centre international trials, which is trainee led and a first for Australia. This shows a great collaboration between Central Coast Public and Private Hospitals. 

I have continued to be an active member of professional societies, and attend at least 1 international meeting per year. In 2016 I was honored to be invited to an Asia-Pacific Advisory Board for Hidradenitis Suppurative as the only surgical representative and lead speaker. In 2016 I chaired a session on obesity and hiatus herniae for the ANZGOSA/ OSSANZ annual meeting which is a combined meeting for the 2 premier groups of the Asia-Pacific region for upper GI surgery, and in 2017 chaired sessions for the Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. 

I particularly espouse the surgical leadership principles of respect, honesty, problem solving and the ability to execute arduous tasks both in my clinical and teaching responsibilities. 

It is exciting to be involved in teaching and research that may truly make a difference in the quality of our medical graduates, and thus positively influence patient treatment and survival. 

I clearly possess the attributes required by a Surgery Clinical Academic, and I certain about my choice of profession.


Qualifications

  • Master of Surgery (Research), University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Melbourne
  • Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology), University of Sydney

Keywords

  • Medical Education
  • Near Peer Teaching
  • Surgery
  • Trainee Led Research Collaboration

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
Senior Lecturer Priority Research Centre (PRC) for Healthy Lungs | The University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/06/2017 - 31/07/2040 Clinical Dean, Central Coast Medical School School of Medicine & Public Health, Faculty of Health & Medicine, University of Newcastle | Australia
Australia
31/01/2002 - 31/12/2003 Post-graduate Scholar Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Cancer Research Program
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2016 - 31/12/2018 Chair Gosford Medical Staff Council Central Coast Health
Australia
1/08/2005 -  General Surgeon Central Coast Health Teaching & Research Unit
1/01/2004 -  General Surgeon VMO Gosford Private hospital
Australia
1/01/2004 -  General Surgeon VMO Brisbane Waters Private Hospital
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2018 Educator of Merit of the Year
Royal Australasian College (RACS) Section of Academic Surgery

Prize

Year Award
1995 D.R. Leslie Prize
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)

Invitations

Committee Member

Year Title / Rationale
2017 CTANZ - Clinical Trials Network Australia New Zealand
2017 Inaugural CTANZ workshop

Keynote Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2017 Surgery as a Career
2015 Reflux and Hiatus Herniae

Panel Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2018 Print 2018 - Pre-Internship Conference

The PRINT Conference is the leading academic conference for final year medical students.

2017 Research Papers (General Surgery)
2014 Hiddradenitis Suppurativa

Invited international speaker and surgery representative  for the Asia-Pacific Hidradenitis Suppurativa Advisory Board Meeting.

I delivered a presentation with a comprehensive review of the current surgical management of hidradenitis suppurativa and contributed to the discussion of management of this condition.


Peer Reviewer

Year Title / Rationale
2017 15th World Congress Public Health

Thesis Examinations

Year Level Discipline Thesis
2016 Honours Health Preventing early bile duct injury in liver transplantation: an additional bile duct flush?
2016 Honours Health Preventing early bile duct injury in liver transplantation: an additional bile duct flush?

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
MEDI4101 Contexts of Medical Practice
School of Medicine & Population Health, Faculty of Health & Medicine, University of Newcastle
Course Design and Course Co-ordination 1/01/2017 - 31/12/2025
ASSET Australia and New Zealand Surgical Skills Education and Training
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
Senior Instructor 1/01/2002 - 31/12/2029
SP Simulated Patient Training
Australian Medical Council
Course Design and Delivery, Instructor 1/01/2014 - 31/12/2029
MEDI3101 Engaging In Clinical Practice
School of Medicine & Population Health, Faculty of Health & Medicine, University of Newcastle
Course Design 1/01/2017 - 20/10/2018
CLEAR Critical Literature Evaluation and Research (CLEAR)
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
Senior Instructor, Chair and Past Chair. 1/09/2018 - 31/12/2030
MEDI4016 Year 4 Surgery
School of Medicine & Population Health, Faculty of Health & Medicine, University of Newcastle
Senior Lecturer in Surgery 1/01/2004 - 31/12/2019
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Publications

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


Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 O'Brien AP, McNeil KA, Dawson AC, 'The student experience of clinical supervision across health disciplines ¿ Perspectives and remedies to enhance clinical placement', Nurse Education in Practice, (2018)
DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2018.11.006
Co-authors Tony Obrien
2017 Dawson AC, Arnold R, Reardon B, Nicholas N, Webb J, 'Promoting Surgical Teaching by Junior Doctors by the Creation and Dissemination of Open-Source Curriculum Packs', ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY, 87 117-117 (2017)
2017 Dawson AC, Stevenson C, Toemoe S, 'Creating a Trainee - Led Surgical Research Collaborative: Development and Implementation in a Regional Centre of NSW', ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY, 87 114-115 (2017)
2016 Dawson AC, Al-Hayo O, Stevenson C, Mangkorntongsakul V, Idrees Y, Ghosh S, 'Antibiotic Utilisation in patients undergoing appendectomy; variables affecting prescription at a Regional Hospital.', ANZ Journal of Surgery, 86 53-54 (2016)
DOI 10.1111/ans.13557
2016 Dawson AC, Pearlman R, 'After-hours jobs: Closing the handover gap.', ANZ Journal of Surgery, 86 133-133 (2016)
DOI 10.1111/ans.13570
2007 di Magliano MP, Biankin AV, Heiser PW, Cano DA, Gutierrez PJA, Deramaudt T, et al., 'Common Activation of Canonical Wnt Signaling in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma', PLOS ONE, 2 (2007)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0001155
Citations Scopus - 149Web of Science - 120
2005 Debru E, Dawson A, Leibman S, Richardson M, Glen L, Hollinshead J, Falk GL, 'Does routine intraoperative cholangiography prevent bile duct transection?', SURGICAL ENDOSCOPY AND OTHER INTERVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES, 19 589-593 (2005)
DOI 10.1007/s00464-004-8711-6
Citations Scopus - 35Web of Science - 34
2005 Segara D, Biankin AV, Kench JG, Langusch CC, Dawson LC, Skalicky DA, et al., 'Expression of HOXB2, a retinoic acid signaling target in pancreatic cancer and pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia', CLINICAL CANCER RESEARCH, 11 3587-3596 (2005)
DOI 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-04-1813
Citations Scopus - 87Web of Science - 83
2004 Dawson AC, Dawson AC, Debru E, Leibman S, Falk GL, Hollinshead J, Richardson M, 'Does Routine intraoperative cholangiography prevent bile duct transection?', ANZ Journal of Surgery, A69 (2004)
DOI 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2003.00009.x
2003 Dawson AC, Segara D, Kench JG, Sutherland RL, Henshall SM, 'Evaluation of Novel Genes Identified in Transcript Profiling Utilising Microarray Analysis in the Development and Progression of Pancreatic Cancer', ANZ Journal of Surgery, 73 A108-A108 (2003)
DOI 10.1046/j.1445-2197.73.s.17.x
2002 Dawson AC, 'Younger fellows - Three great days in the Clare Valley', Surgical News, 13 7-9 (2002)
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Conference (31 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Dawson AC, Pahalawatta U, 'BEACCHES - Beginning Education at Central Coast Hospitals - submitted', Brisbane (2019)
2019 Pahalawatta U, Dawson AC, 'Beginning Education at Central Coast Hospitals (BEACCHES) - submitted', Prato, Italy (2019)
2019 Pahalawatta U, Dawson AC, 'A novel method for improving Procedural Skills among Medical Students and improving procedural skill teaching capacity of JMOs - submitted', Prato, Italy (2019)
2018 Dawson AC, 'Empowering and Managing Junior Doctor led Pre-vocational Teaching and Research Progams at a Regional Centre - How to set up Trainee Led Programs', 23rd Australia and New Zealand Prevocational Medical Education Forum 2018, Melbourne (2018)
2018 Dawson AC, 'Surgery As a Career', Rydges World Square Sydney (2018)
2018 Visagie S, Dawson AC, 'Doctors Auditing Doctors: Cleaning Up Doctors Compliance with Hand Hygiene', Central Coast (2018)
2018 Dawson AC, Pahalawatta U, 'A novel method for improving Procedural Skills among Medical Students and improving procedural skill teaching capacity of JMOs.', Melbourne (2018)
2018 Visagie S, Kelly S, Dawson A, 'Doctors Auditing Doctors: Cleaning Up Doctors' Compliance with Hand Hygiene - (top ranking abstract)', Brisbane (2018)
2018 Dawson AC, Pahalawatta U, 'Improving Junior Doctor Research Education Skills - A perspective from a Regional Medical School', Melbourne (2018)
2018 Lambeth L, David M, Short B, Ryall M, Hood C, Dawson AC, 'Training the Central Coasts Future Doctors at BEACCHES', Central Coast (2018)
2018 Dawson AC, 'Creating Institutional Change Through Academic Excellence - the Regional Perspective', Sydney (2018)
2018 Visagie S, Clifford L, Malik R, David M, Dawson AC, Starr A, et al., 'Doctors auditing Doctors¿ ¿ Cleaning up Doctors¿ Compliance with Hand Hygiene', Melbourne (2018)
2018 Bellemore E, Jun HJ, Wang E, Wong J, Dawson AC, 'Negative Appendicectomy Rate Clinical Audit', Sydney (2018)
2018 Visagie S, David M, Dawson A, 'Doctors auditing Doctors¿ ¿ Cleaning Up Doctors¿ Compliance with Hand Hygiene', Brisbane (2018)
2018 Veysey M, Jayagopal V, Hepburn D, Brown J, Dawson A, 'How to Run a Successful Clinical School Workshop', Basel Switzerland (2018)
Co-authors Martin Veysey
2017 Reardon B, Arnold R, Nicholas N, Webb J, Dawson AC, 'Open-source Curriculum in Promoting Teaching by Junior Doctors', Brisbane (2017)
2017 Dawson AC, Stevenson C, Toemoe S, 'Trainee-Led Research Collaborative', brisbane (2017)
2017 Dawson AC, Arnold R, Reardon B, Webb J, Nicholas N, 'Engaging Junior Doctors in Teaching through open-source curriculum packs', Adelaide, South Australia (2017)
2016 Arnold R, Dawson A, 'Encouraging sustainable junior doctor surgical teaching of medical students.', ANZ Journal of Surgery (2016)
DOI 10.1111/ans.13572
2016 Reece M, Forster-Anderson T, Dawson A, Francis J, Roach J, 'Improving operating theatre start times: a prospective audit', ANZ Journal of Surgery (2016)
DOI 10.1111/ans.13570
2016 Dawson AC, Pearlman R, Yan K, Hedge E, Francis J, 'Management of Biliary Pathology after the introduction of an Acute Surgical Unit', ANZ Journal of Surgery (2016)
DOI 10.1111/ans.13557
2016 Dawson AC, Hedge E, Pearlman R, 'Survey of the Use of Technology for communication by junior medical officers (JMOs) and the implications for consent and documentation.', ANZ Journal of Surgery (2016)
DOI 10.1111/ans.13570
2016 Dawson AC, Pearlman R, Lin A, 'Team co-ordination and job efficiency: improving patient safety through technology.', ANZ Journal of Surgery (2016)
DOI 10.1111/ans.13570
2016 O'Brien A, Dawson AC, McNeil K, Olaisen JA, Dempsey S, Veysey M, et al., 'The Role of the Clinical Supervisor in interprofessional pre-registration student clinical education', Hong Kong (2016)
Co-authors Martin Veysey, Tony Obrien, Sally Chan, Shane Dempsey
2016 Dawson AC, Reece M, Forster-Anderson T, Francis JL, 'Theatre Start Times', Brisbane (2016)
2016 Al-Hayo O, Stevenson C, Mangkorntongsakul V, Francis JL, Ghosh S, Dawson AC, 'Antibiotic Utilisation in patients undergoing appendicectomy; variables affecting prescription at a regional hospital.', Albany, Western Australia (2016)
2015 Dawson AC, Pearlman R, Yan K, Ghosh S, Francis J, 'Management of Biliary Pathology: A three year review of ASU within a geographically confined catchment area.', Hamilton Island, Queensland (2015) [E3]
2005 Dawson AC, 'Epidemiology of pancreatic cancer in Australia', ANZ Journal of Surgery 75 (May supplement), A135, Perth (2005)
DOI 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2005.03558.x
2005 Dawson AC, Dawson AC, Segara D, Biankin AV, Kench JG, Sutherland RL, 'Validation of immunohistochemistry as a scoring test: How accurate are B-catenin and sFRP4 diagnostically?', ANZ Journal of Surgery, Perth, Western Australia (2005)
DOI 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2005.03558.x
2004 A C DAWSON J G KENCH L G HORVATH A V BIANKIN D SEGARA R L SUTHERLAND AND S M HENSHALL, 'Pancreatic Cancer and the Wnt Pathway', ANZ Journal of Surgery, Brisbane, Queensland (2004)
DOI 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2003.00017.x
2002 AC Dawson E Debru MA Richardson JW Hollinshead, 'Choledocholithiasis - over a decade of laparoscopic experience', ANZ Journal of Surgery, Adelaide, South Australia (2002)
DOI 10.1046/j.1445-2197.72.s1.9.x
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Other (17 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Dawson A, Pahalawatta U, 'ABC Radio Central Coast Interview with Scott Levi', (2018) [O1]
2018 Hood C, Dawson A, 'Central Coast Medical School Newsletter Issue 2', (2018) [O1]
2018 Dawson AC, 'Tips for Junior Doctors - getting involved in Research', (2018) [O1]
2018 Dawson AC, 'Introduction to Central Coast Medical School Video', (2018) [O1]
2018 Hood C, Dawson A, 'Central Coast Medical School Newsletter Issue 2', (2018) [O1]
2017 March B, Dawson AC, Self D, 'Laparoscopic Appendicectomy Consent Video', (2017)
2017 Hood C, Dawson A, 'Central Coast Medical School Newsletter Issue 1', (2017) [O1]
2017 Hood C, Dawson A, 'Central Coast Medical School Newsletter Issue 1', (2017) [O1]
2016 Dawson AC, Self M, Harris I, Fisher C, Truter E, Edwards R, et al., 'Course Participant Manual Critical Literature Evaluation and Research. Edition 15', ( pp.1-249). Melbourne: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2016)
2015 Dawson AC, Self M, Harris I, Fisher C, Truter E, Edwards R, et al., 'CLEAR Course for Consultants Manual', ( pp.1-252). Melbourne: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2015)
2015 Dawson AC, Self M, Harris I, Fisher C, Truter E, Edwards R, et al., 'Course Participant Manual Critical Literature Evaluation and Research, RACS©. (14 ed., pp. 1-249)', ( pp.1-1). Melbourne: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2015)
2014 Dawson AC, Self M, harris I, Fisher C, Truter E, Edwards R, et al., 'Course Participant Manual Critical Literature Evaluation and Research, RACS©. (13 ed., pp. 1-249)', . Melbourne: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2014)
2013 Dawson AC, Self M, Harris I, Fisher C, Truter E, Edwards R, et al., 'Course Participant Manual Critical Literature Evaluation and Research, RACS©. (12th ed., pp. 1-249)', . Melbourne: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2013)
2012 Dawson AC, Harris I, Kazemi N, Fisher C, Dennet E, Truter E, et al., 'Course Participant Manual Critical Literature Evaluation and Research, RACS©. (11 ed., pp. 1-249)', (2012)
2011 Dawson AC, Harris I, Kazemi N, Fisher C, Dennet E, Truter E, et al., 'Course Participant Manual Critical Literature Evaluation and Research, RACS©. (10 ed., pp. 1-249)', (2011)
2009 Dawson AC, Harris I, Kazemi N, Fisher C, Dennet E, Truter E, et al., 'Course Participant Manual Critical Literature Evaluation and Research, RACS©. (9th ed., pp. 1-249)', . Melbourne: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2009)
1995 Dawson AC, 'Autopsy - the commonly asked questions', . Melbourne: Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre (1995)
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 O'Brien AP, McNeil K, Dawson A, Olaisen JA, Veysey M, Dempsey S, et al., 'The role of the Clinical Supervisor (CS) in inter professional pre-registration student clinical education ¿ the unmet educational need in university wide health studies clinical practice ¿ stage two,', ICTN/HETI, 50 (2015) [R1]
Co-authors Sally Chan, Shane Dempsey, Tony Obrien, Martin Veysey

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2007 Dawson AC, Evaluation of Novel Molecular Markers from the Wnt Pathway: a stepwise regression model for pancreatic cancer survival., University of New South Wales (2007)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $86,227

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20183 grants / $10,773

ADVICE (AnimateD Video Informed Consent and Education Project)$7,000

The use of video media in informed  Consent for emergency surgery - a Randomised Controlled cross-over Trial Multi-centre Project.

Funding body: Faculty of Health and Medicine Research and Teaching Pilot Grant

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine Research and Teaching Pilot Grant
Project Team

Dr Amanda Dawson, Dr Brayden March

Scheme Faculty of Health and Medicine Research and Teaching Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

FHEAM CONFERENCE GRANT$2,000

FHEAM Conference Travel Grant

AMEE Conference, 25-29 August 2018

Association for Medical Education in Europe

Presentation - workshop - " How to run a successful clinical school".

co- presenters 

Martin Veysey, Vijay Jayagopal, David Hepburn, Jo Brown 

Funding body: Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant
Project Team

Amanda Dawson

Scheme Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

SMPH Research Block Grant$1,773

2018 Research Block Grant Funding

Funding body: School of Medicine & Public Health, Faculty of Health & Medicine, University of Newcastle | Australia

Funding body School of Medicine & Public Health, Faculty of Health & Medicine, University of Newcastle | Australia
Project Team

Amanda Dawson, Martin Veysey, Jonathan Sturm, Suzanne Niblett, Emma Beckett

Scheme Research Infrastructure Block Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20151 grants / $20,454

The role of the Clinical Supervisor (CS) in interprofessional pre-registration student clinical education – the unmet educational need in university wide health studies clinical practice – stage t$20,454

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District
Project Team Professor Tony O'Brien, Doctor Karen McNeil, Associate Professor Shane Dempsey, Mrs Michelle Giles, Doctor Amanda Dawson, Associate Professor Martin Veysey, Ms Julie-Anne Olaisen, Ms Joy Taylor, Professor Sally Chan
Scheme Hunter and Coast ICTN Research and Quality Improvement Small Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500756
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20031 grants / $55,000

Raelene Boyle Scholarship$55,000

Raelene Boyle Scholarship 2003

Sponsored by Kennard's Hire

$45,000 stipend and $10,000 departmental maintenance

Project titlle: "Evaluation of members of the WNT pathway shown
by transcript profiling to be over-expressed in the development
and progression of pancreatic cancer" 

Supervisor : Dr Sue Henshall, Professor RL Sutherland, 

Garvan Institiute of Medical Research

Funding body: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)

Funding body Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
Project Team

Amanda Dawson, Sue Henshall, Rob Sutherland

Scheme Raelene Boyle Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON N
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Research Projects

Global Surg3 Quality and outcomes in global cancer surgery: a prospective, international cohort study GlobalSurg Collaborative NIHR Unit on Global Surgery enquiry@globalsurg.org 2018 -

Background:  Of the 15.2 million individuals diagnosed with cancer in 2015, over 80% will need surgery (1). In tumours amenable to surgical resection, surgery often offers the best chance of cure, particularly in early-stage disease. It has been estimated that 45 million surgical procedures are needed each year worldwide, yet, fewer than 25% of patients with cancer have access to safe, affordable, and timely surgery. While death rates from cancer are decreasing in high-income countries, the opposite has been demonstrated in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) (2). Up to 1.5% of the gross domestic product is lost because of cancer in some LMIC regions (3).

General surgeons manage patients with the most common cancers on a day-to-day basis. Breast cancer (global incidence ranked 1st, global mortality ranked 5th), gastric cancer (incidence ranked 5th, mortality ranked 3rd), and colorectal cancer (incidence ranked 3rd, mortality ranked 2nd), represent a significant burden of disease across income settings (1). Yet, most studies that examine the global distribution and outcomes of solid cancers use simulated methods due to the absence of robust data, including country-specific epidemiological data, stage distribution, and treatment approaches (1).

Aim: The aim is to determine the variation in quality of cancer surgery worldwide. Quality will be determined using measures covering infrastructure, care processes, and outcomes. We will concentrate on the most common surgically-treated cancers worldwide: breast, gastric and colorectal cancer. The primary aim focusses on 30-day mortality and complication rates after cancer surgery. The secondary aim is to characterise infrastructure and care processes in the treatment of these cancers worldwide. 

Primary outcome measure: 30-day mortality and complication rates after cancer surgery.

Primary comparison: Between country groups defined by human development index.

 

References

1. Sullivan R, Alatise OI, Anderson BO, Audisio R, Autier P, Aggarwal A, et al. Global cancer surgery: delivering safe, affordable, and timely cancer surgery. Lancet Oncol. 2015;16(11):1193–1224.

2. Global Burden of Disease Cancer Collaboration, Fitzmaurice C, Allen C, Barber RM, Barregard L, Bhutta ZA, et al. Global, Regional, and National Cancer Incidence, Mortality, Years of Life Lost, Years Lived With Disability, and Disability-Adjusted Life-years for 32 Cancer Groups, 1990 to 2015: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study. JAMA Oncol. 2017 Apr 1;3(4):524.

3. Alkire BC, Raykar NP, Shrime MG, Weiser TG, Bickler SW, Rose JA, et al. Global access to surgical care: a modelling study. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Jun 1;3(6):e316–23.


IMAGINE: Ileus Management International - An international, observational study of postoperative ileus and provision of management after colorectal surgery 2018 -

Background:   Post-operative ileus (POI) is common after colorectal surgery, with an estimated incidence of 12% (6). It is characterised by a delayed return of bowel function and is associated with increased postoperative complications. Whilst once regarded as an obligatory component of postoperative recovery, the resulting delays in hospital discharge are burdensome for patients and the subsequent costs are substantial for healthcare systems ($1.47 billion in the United States [£1.15; €1.24; AUD 1.86)] (7).  Enhanced recovery protocols and targeted interventions (such as chewing gum and epidural analgesia) have been tested in efforts to reduce POI but the evidence for many of these remains contentious (8,9). Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may improve the return of bowel function through their anti-inflammatory and opioid sparing properties (10,11), however concerns over their safety (such as the risk of acute kidney injury and anastomotic leak) persist. Recent evidence from large prospective cohort studies have introduced renewed equipoise in the use of NSAIDs after elective colorectal surgery and they remain recommended for use by enhanced recovery guidelines (3, 12, 13).

Aims:  The IMAGINE study will aim to produce a profile of postoperative ileus and its management across an international cohort of patients undergoing colorectal surgery. Additionally, it will assess the safety and impact of NSAIDs on the return of bowel function when used as postoperative analgesia.  Throughout this study, postoperative ileus will be assessed according to the time taken for return of bowel function after surgery (measured in whole days).

Research Design:

This is an observational study.   The date will be collected by “Mini-teams” of collaborators (medical students and trainees/residents) at each hospital. They will prospectively collect data on consecutive patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery over a 14-day period.



Australian and New Zealand Emergency Laparotomy Audit (ANZELA) 2018 -

The aims of the project are to review current practice around management of emergency laparotomy cases with a view to making changes that will lead to improvements in delivery of care to this group of patients.  A prospective audit will include collection of patient data including demographics, admission details, investigations performed and surgical decision making as well as postoperative outcomes. It will also incorporate calculation of both pre and postoperative PPOSSUM scores to assess risk prediction. The audit would look to include all patients over the age of 18 requiring an emergency laparotomy.


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Dr Amanda Dawson

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Senior Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

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Email amanda.dawson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4320 5572
Fax (02) 4320 3508

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Gosford, NSW 2250
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