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Personal profile


Janet's disciplinary background is psychology and she is currently Professor of Human Factors in the Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. The aim of her research is to increase the quality and safety of care in all healthcare settings, drawing on human factors and psychological theories and methods. Human Factors is the scientific discipline that aims to optimise human well being and performance by focusing on systems thinking and design to support safe human activity.

Most recently her research has focused on developing methods for applying Resilient Health Care/Safety II to quality improvement, and teamwork and communication.

She has recently returned to Australia from the UK where she researched quality of care in the NHS at the University of Surrey, King's College London and City, University of London.

Janet is the convenor of the Human Factors short course for healthcare professionals. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Academic Practice, Post Graduate Certificate of Academic Practice

Award Date: 15 Mar 2007

Psychology, PhD, University of Queensland

Award Date: 20 Dec 2004

Psychology, M.Psych, La Trobe University

Award Date: 19 Mar 1999

Psychology, Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons), La Trobe University

Award Date: 19 Mar 1986

Research area keywords

  • Patient Safety
  • Quality of Care
  • Adaptive health systems
  • Teamwork
  • Simulation and transition to practice in medicine
  • Human factors and ergonomics

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