LINGUIST List 27.3777

Fri Sep 23 2016

Support: Discourse Analysis; Health Communication / Australia

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 23-Sep-2016
From: Mary Dahm <>
Subject: Discourse Analysis; Health Communication, PhD Student, Macquarie University, Australia
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Department: Australian Institute of Health Innovation
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Macquarie University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Discourse Analysis
Health Communication


The Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University was recently awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Project grant which aims to: a) improve the effectiveness and safety of test result management through the establishment of clear processes of communication, responsibility and accountability; b) harness health information technology to inform and monitor test result management; and c) enhance the contribution of consumers to the establishment of safe and effective test result management systems.

There is the opportunity for qualitative research projects in the areas of discourse analysis, ethnography and health communication.

About the project:

The failure to follow-up test results is an area of patient safety risk, which can have major consequences for the quality of care, including missed diagnoses and suboptimal patient outcomes. The objective of this study is to establish effective, sustainable and safe test result management systems utilising evidence-based practice, health information technology (IT), consumer engagement and enhanced clinical governance processes.

The partnership incorporates key stakeholders involved in the safe delivery of test results and effective clinical care. It will be undertaken by a team of internationally-recognised researchers in areas ranging from health informatics, pathology, emergency medicine and quality and safety. The collaborating partners are the South Eastern Area Laboratory Services and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Research experts from the Prince of Wales Hospital, Health Consumers NSW, The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and the Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists will provide input to the project.

The research will be undertaken across hospitals in the South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health Districts in Australia. It will involve the implementation of enhanced accountability and governance arrangements, engagement with consumers and the utilisation of health information technologies such as electronic reporting systems and patient portals. The expected outcomes from the research will be: a) key translational evidence about the performance of test result management systems using health IT; b) evidence-based standards and enhanced clinical governance processes related to the communication and governance of test result management; and c) enhanced consumer engagement.

Applications Deadline: 01-Oct-2016

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Mary Dahm

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