Developing and evaluating educational modules to support the development of clinical decision making skills

Research Team: 
Director of Medical Education Development, SPHCM
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Key Contact: 
Associate Professor Chinthaka Balasooriya
Study Level: 

This project aims to implement and evaluate an educational strategy that has been specifically developed to enhance clinicians’ engagement with clinical practice guidelines. The strategy has been developed through a collaboration of clinicians and medical educators, working across diverse areas of medical practice and medical education. The strategy builds on a number of educational principles, including the involvement of end-users in the development of clinical guidelines. The project aims to evaluate the educational intervention in range of clinical settings, to investigate its effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability in these settings.

Skills Required: 

Basic understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Willingness to consider a mixed methods approach.

Some experience in healthcare related fields. Experience in rural healthcare settings will be very valuable. 

Funding Opportunities: 

Support for preliminary work and trialling of methods available through current grants (limited funding available for immediate use)

Potential funding may be available through grant application being prepared for submission in 2013

UNSW Postgraduate Research Scholarships are available through the standard pathway:


This project will include a number of doctoral and post-doctoral projects.

Interested candidates will have the flexibility to focus on an area of interest within the broad topic of clinical decision making and rural contextual influences.