Nelle Seccombe, PhD Candidate
Nelle Seccombe (nee Pittman) graduated with Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in 2008 and completed a Master of Business degree in 2013.
Nelle has worked in management, project and business development positions, both within the University and in the private sector for nearly ten years, including Business Manager for the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, and more recently, Program Manager for Health Service Innovation Tasmania.
Nelle commenced as a PhD candidate in May 2014, with a strong interest in organisational psychology and implementation science. Nelle is undertaking research to examine the contextual factors that facilitate, impede or otherwise influence the implementation of programs for health service reform.
Jane Sugden, PhD Candidate
Jane is the second PhD student to join HSI Tas . Jane has recently commenced full-time, after a couple of months of part-time attendance for training and reading up on what's going on. She has returned to UTAS after a break of several years - Jane's undergraduate degree is in pharmacy, as is her honours (which was about changing physicians' prescribing habits when academic detailing was just warming up - HSI Tas Co-Director Greg Peterson was also her supervisor for that project).
Jane's focus will be to produce a set of papers that document the entire Clinical Redesign process in Tasmania so others can easily and consistently replicate it. To date, in spite of the many public and private hospitals that have improved the quality, efficiency and safety of many of their services, there is no 'A to Z of Clinical Redesign' manual, and little information about how the success of the redesign efforts has been measured.
Jane willl be working alongside Jim Stankovich, Greg Peterson and Craig Quarmby to fill in the gaps in the published literature and establish performance indicators that can be applied across the hospital to monitor the rate of change and track success.
Lisa Stanton, PhD Candidate
Lisa is also a Pharmacy graduate spending many years as a clinical pharmacist in the areas of Neonatal Intensive Care and Paediatric Oncology.
She then taught both undergraduate and post graduate students at the Tasmanian School of Pharmacy. Recently Lisa has been a care coordinator, helping clients with chronic conditions better understand their illness and linking them into the appropriate community-based resources.
Lisa has always been interested in the patient journey through the health system. She will concentrate on the processes involved in the clinical redesign of Specialist Outpatient Clinics.
Mitch Dwyer, PhD Candidate
Mitch Dwyer graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) in Psychology during 2013, and also graduated with a Bachelor of Business during 2008.
Mitch's project is looking at differences in the quality of acute stroke care across urban and rural settings, at state and national levels. His work will also look at urban-rural differences in stroke patient outcomes, through the use of risk-adjusted mortality data.