How researchers at the University of Melbourne are pioneering healthcare

The healthcare educators at the University of Melbourne are some of the brightest researchers in the world, and they're passing their findings directly onto students.

Roughly 50,000 students from all over the world come to the University of Melbourne every year - and they come to learn from the best. As a leading global research contributor, the University fosters some of the brightest ideas in healthcare from progressive educators at the forefronts of their fields.

“Being taught by leading researchers means that you are exposed to state-of-the-art knowledge and practices,” says Professor Jill Klein, who teaches Decision Making and Resilient Leadership, and directs the Specialist Certificate in Clinical Leadership, while conducting research through both the Melbourne Business School and the Melbourne Medical School.

Professor Klein’s work has been published in the Journal of Marketing, Management Science, the Journal of Consumer Psychology and the British Medical Journal, to name a few.

Most recently, Professor Klein and other University of Melbourne academics published a groundbreaking paper titled "A Growth Mindset Approach to Preparing Trainees for Error and Adversity" in the British Medical Journal. She is currently leading research on how and why clinicians think about the possibility of making a mistake that harms a patient, and how much distress that can cause.

“The research I am doing connects with my teaching on resilience for clinicians,” says Professor Klein.

Clinical Leadership students learn resilience tools and strategies for cultivating the best culture in healthcare environments. Professor Klein not only teaches these strategies, but she writes them too.

As a leader progressing the field, Professor Klein’s staff of experts deliver the latest knowledge and skills that students would be hard pressed to access elsewhere.

“This team of experts provides excellent delivery of highly relevant material, in addition to running learning activities and facilitating lively discussion, so that participants not only learn from faculty, but from each other as well,” says Professor Klein.

Some of Australia’s best practising cancer specialists and researchers also teach the University of Melbourne’s Master of Cancer Sciences – Australia’s only fully-online cancer-specific postgraduate degree, developed in partnership with the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), Australia’s largest oncology alliance.

“We have brought together a group of senior oncologists and scientists who are all extremely dedicated and driven in their desire to conquer cancer, and hope to pass that on to the next generation of learners,” says Dr David Kok, radiation oncologist and Director of Training at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and course convenor of the Master of Cancer Sciences. “The teaching staff have all been drawn from across the 10 VCCC partners, so we’ve had the pick of the brightest, most passionate oncological minds in the business to teach on topics that, in many cases, they pioneered.”

Dr Kok has been and is currently the chief investigator on clinical and translational research trials, including a major research collaborative investigating melanoma brain metastases. He is a widely published researcher on topics relating to breast cancer treatment patterns, best practice in oncological care and contemporary medical education methods.

Regardless of the course – from certificates to PhDs – the University of Melbourne’s front-running healthcare teaching cohort is constantly forging new innovations and discoveries in their fields and passing that brand-new knowledge onto students every day.

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