• 2021 Human Factors Short Course

    Offered in March and August 2021
    Registration for the March course closes this Sunday 28 March (late registration not accepted).

    Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
  • About the Human Factors Short Course

    The goal of this short course is to introduce Human Factors science and its application to healthcare. Human Factors (also referred to as Ergonomics) is concerned with the understanding of the interactions between humans and other elements of a complex system. The goal of Human Factors science is to apply theory, methods and principles to optimise the design of systems to enhance human performance and overall system safety (International Ergonomics Association, 2019). Think of medical device design, simulation-based training, design of guidelines and protocols, team dynamics and organisational management.

    Course objectives

    1. The broad and diverse discipline of Human Factors and why Human Factors science is essential to healthcare.
    2. How to perform Human Factors research in healthcare using key Human Factors methods such as hierarchical task analysis, user-centred design and AcciMap.
    3. Specific examples of how to apply Human Factors research methods to healthcare challenges such as interruption management and teamwork in time pressured emergencies.
    4. Resilience Engineering as a recent movement within Human Factors Engineering and the important role of strengthening resilient performance in healthcare.
     

    Time Commitment:

    6 hours per week (on average)

     

    Information

    •  6 week course.
    •  Online only, no on-campus attendance required.
    •  Course content is available on a new, user-friendly teaching platform.
    •  No assessments or minimum pass mark.
    •  6 topics (one per week).
    •  Allows for flexibility in work patterns – once released, lectures and reading material can be viewed at own pace and at any time.
    •  Ideal for international students who reside outside of Australia/New Zealand.
    •  Certificate of completion emailed at the end of the course.
     

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  • Eligibility

    Anyone who is interested in Human Factors can register for this course.

    •  Hospital Doctors
    •  General Practitioners
    •  Public Health clinicians
    •  Allied health practitioners
    •  Health service managers
    •  Quality and Safety managers
     

    Why participate?

    Human Factors (Ergonomics) is an established discipline in many industries such as manufacturing, power generation and military settings. The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES www.hfes.org) has been established over 60 years, but only recently has its importance in the delivery of safe, effective health care been recognised.

    Human factors as a science seeks to design the work environment to make best use of the human operator to improve efficiency and safety. In terms of health, this includes the processes, equipment and training for delivery of high-quality care.

    This course will provide an introduction to the practical application of human factors principles to organisational and clinical settings. By doing so, it will encourage the participants to improve patient safety at a managerial or clinical level with a broader base of skills than is commonly available within health services.

  • Course structure

    SIX topics will be offered in this course released on a weekly basis.

    No Assessments.


    Course topics

    1. Module 1 - Human Factors Engineering and varieties of human work by Dr. Steve Shorrock
    2. Module 2 - Studying interruptions in healthcare System resilience in healthcare by Dr. Chiara Santomauro Dr. Sudeep Hegde
    3. Module 3 - User centred design and designing for team work by Dr. Mia McLanders
    4. Module 4 - Hierarchical Task Analysis by Stuart Dickinson
    5. Module 5 - AcciMap and other system techniques by Assoc. Prof. Sharon Newnam, Dr. Natassia Goode
    6. Module 6 - System resilience in healthcare by Dr. Sudeep Hegde

    Please Note: Topics will be subject to change. Last Updated: December 2020


    Course dates

    March course:
    29 March - 7 May

    August course:
    23 August - 1 October

     
  • RPL

    Further opportunities for professional development in human factors / ergonomics are available by completing unit POM5005 Human factors for patient safety. This master’s unit deals with organisation wide issues (macroergonomics) and is an elective unit in the Master of Health Services Management and Master of Public Health programs.

    There are future plans to develop a master’s program in clinical human factors. Should these be realised, requirements to accept this short course as contributing to this degree will be communicated to short course participants.

    Unit POM5005 information is available here

     

    CPD

    Whilst this course is not directly registered for CPD points please contact your respective College to see if CPD points are possible.

     
  • 2021 March course

    Week Available Date Topic Name Lecturer
      Wednesday 13 January Registrations opens
    Sunday 28 March Registration closes 12pm
    22 March Website opens - 1 week prior to course starting
    Topic 1: Introduction to Human Factors Engineering and varieties of human work
    Dr. Steve Shorrock
    1 29 March Topic 2: Studying interruptions in healthcare Dr. Chiara Santomauro
    2 5 April Topic 3: User centred design and designing for team work Dr. Mia McLanders
    3 12 April Topic 4: Hierarchical Task Analysis Stuart Dickinson
    4 19 April Topic 5: AcciMap and other system techniques Assoc. Prof. Sharon Newnam, Dr. Natassia Goode
    5 26 April Topic 6: Resilience Engineering in healthcare Dr. Sudeep Hegde
    6 3 May Final Week of the Course
    10 May Final Survey and Certificates
    7 June Course Completion and Website Access Disabled



    2021 August course

    Week Available Date Topic Name Lecturer
      Wednesday 13 January Registrations opens
    Sunday 15 August Registration closes 12 pm
    16 August Website opens - 1 week prior to course starting
    Topic 1: Introduction to Human Factors Engineering and varieties of human work
    Dr. Steve Shorrock
    1 23 August Topic 2: Studying interruptions in healthcare Dr. Chiara Santomauro
    2 30 August Topic 3: User centred design and designing for team work Dr. Mia McLanders
    3 6 September Topic 4: Hierarchical Task Analysis Stuart Dickinson
    4 13 September Topic 5: AcciMap and other system techniques Assoc. Prof. Sharon Newnam, Dr. Natassia Goode
    5 20 September Topic 6: Resilience Engineering in healthcare Dr. Sudeep Hegde
    6 27 September Final Week of the Course
    4 October Final Survey and Certificates
    1 November Course Completion and Website Access Disabled
  • Course Convenors

    Dr. Stuart Marshall

    Dr. Stuart Marshall

    Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Medical Education, University of Melbourne and Senior Research Fellow, Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Monash University.
    Mr. Garry Mann

    Mr. Garry Mann

    Human Factors practitioner, working in Perioperative Medicine and Anaesthesia at Alfred Health and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Graduated from the University of Queensland in 2019 with First Class Honours.
     

    Our Speakers

    Assoc. Prof. Sharon Newnam

    Assoc. Prof. Sharon Newnam

    Speaker
    Organisational Psychologist, Monash University Accident Research Centre.
    Dr. Steven Shorrock

    Dr. Steven Shorrock

    Speaker
    Adj. Assoc. Prof. Centre for Human Factors & Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast, Psychologist, Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist.
    Dr. Mia McLanders

    Dr. Mia McLanders

    Speaker
    Adj. Lecturer University of Queensland, PhD in Psychology, The University of Queensland
    Dr. Chiara Santomauro

    Dr. Chiara Santomauro

    Speaker
    Adj. Lecturer University of Queensland, PhD in Human Factors Psychology, University of Queensland.
    Dr. Sudeep Hegde

    Dr. Sudeep Hegde

    Speaker
    Research Associate, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University at Buffalo, New York
    Dr. Natassia Goode

    Dr. Natassia Goode

    Speaker
    Ergonomist at WorkSafe Victoria, Adj. Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast.
    Mr. Stuart Dickinson

    Mr. Stuart Dickinson

    Speaker
    Human Factors Specialist
  • Introduction by Dr Stuart Marshall



    Human Factors/Ergonomics for COVID-19 by Prof. Sue Hignett



    Integrating the social sciences into the COVID-19 pandemic response by Prof. Jan Davies



    Simulation-informed clinical design in the emergency department by A/Prof. Andrew Petrosoniak



    COVID-19 and the Intensive Care Unit by A/Prof. Chris Nickson



    Panel Discussion: Human Factors: FREE 1.5hr Webinar - Lessons from COVID-19 in Critical Care



  • 2021 Registrations Now open

    OPEN

    Wednesday, 13 January 10 AM AEST - for both March and August courses

    CLOSE

    • March Course - Sunday, 28 March
    • August Course - Sunday, 15 August

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    Register AUD $700 (inc GST)


    Refund Policy

    Up to four weeks before the Course
    100% Refund
    Two to four weeks before the Course
    50% Refund
    Less than two weeks before the Course
    No Refund
     
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