Current educational research projects

Our core and affiliate members have numerous health professions education research projects currently underway.  Here, we showcase just a few:

Health professions education research (HPER) priority setting exercise (PSE)

Our health professions education research (HPER) priority setting exercise (PSE), funded by a 2017 Faculty Learning & Teaching Research Grant, aims to determine the priorities for HPER at Monash over the next 3-5 years.  We are including multiple stakeholders (e.g. educators, managers, researchers, learners and patients) across numerous healthcare professions (including biomedical sciences, medical imaging and radiation sciences, medicine, midwifery, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, paramedicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychological sciences and social work) in a 3-phase mixed methods study to determine HPER priorities, enablers and barriers. The findings of this study will not only help to determine HPER priorities going forward but will also help us to develop our HPER strategy for the FMNHS, as well as developing the infrastructure for HPER research networks and communities of practice at Monash. We see this PSE as the bed-rock for developing strategy underpinning our efforts to improve the quality and impact of HPER at Monash.

Exploring students’ and practitioners’ experiences of workplace dignity

We are currently undertaking a research project to explore workplace dignity experiences during work integrated learning (WIL) placements across 6 professions (business, counselling, education, law, medicine, and nursing), funded by a 2017 Faculty Learning & Teaching Grant. The qualitative study will interview workplace practitioners and students about their experiences, with a view to spreading best practice across professions and improving WIL policy and practices by guiding interdisciplinary education in FMNHS and other Faculties at Monash.

Exploring student and practitioners’ experiences of interprofessional workplace-based interactions

Funded by a 2016 Faculty Learning & Teaching Research Grant, this qualitative interview study explored the understandings, views and experiences of students and healthcare practitioners in terms of interprofessional student-clinician workplace interactions.  With 38 students and 23 clinicians from six healthcare professions (medicine, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, paramedicine and physiotherapy) taking part, this study identified a number of themes including: (1) conceptualisations of interactions, (2) the context for interaction experiences, (3) the nature of interaction experiences, (4) factors contributing to positive or negative interactions, (5) positive or negative consequences, (6) suggested improvements for interactions, and (7) how participants talk. The findings of this study will be used to develop educational strategies within FMNHS to enhance interprofessional learning experiences for students within the clinical workplace.

Exploring clinical supervision for human services frontline workforce

Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, MCSHE are partnering with Turning Point and Monash Rural Health to provide clinical supervision practice support to frontline health and human services workers in Victoria. This workforce development project is part of the Department of Health and Human Services Ice Action Plan to upskill frontline workers who are exposed to ice-affected patients and clients. As part of this project MCSHE will conduct a programme of related clinical supervision research including:  1) a realist synthesis of clinical supervision training interventions, 2) realist evaluation of clinical supervision training workshops, 3) a longitudinal audio diary study exploring the impact of the clinical supervision training program on supervisory beliefs, identities and practices. We are exploring PhD opportunities with this project. If you are interested in a PhD in this area please contact us.