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Merylin Cross

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Merylin Cross

Senior Lecturer, (Research intensive) School of Health Sciences

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Dr Merylin Cross is a research intensive academic in the School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Health. She has a background in nursing, sociology and nursing education and is interested in qualitative and mixed methods research, rural health, health workforce, clinical placements and interprofessional education. Dr Cross has 30+ years of experience in nursing education, including curriculum development, course coordination, accreditation and project management. Since 2011 she has generated over two million dollars in grants, primarily for clinical education. She has taught offshore in five countries, presented 11 papers at international conferences and was a member of a team that were runners-up in a National Business-Higher Education Research and Training (B-HERT) award for collaboration.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD, Monash University, Australia. 2012 Thesis:  Almost Beyond Caring: The impact of public hospital restructuring on nursing in Victoria during the 1990s
  • BA(Hons), Australia. 1999 Thesis: Habermas, Casemix and patients' experiences of hospitalisation
  • Dip. N.Ed, Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, Australia. 1979
  • RN, RGH Hospital (Melbourne), Australia. 1975

Biography

Merylin has held a research-intensive position at the University of Tasmania in the Centre for Rural Health, School of Health Sciences since 2012. Her primary responsibilities include accessing research funding, undertaking projects to support students undertaking rural work-integrated learning, supervising higher research degree students and implementing/evaluating rural health workforce and service initiatives. Merylin is a member of the Tasmanian Scientific Research Advisory Committee and School of Health Sciences Teaching & Learning Committee.

Before joining the University of Tasmania, Merylin held a research/project manager position with a Clinical Placement Network in Victoria, provided some related consultancy work for the Department of Health (Victoria) and was an external evaluator for an Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching project. From 1994-2010 Merylin was a lecturer in nursing at Monash University. Her responsibilities included course and year level coordination, leading and contributing to accreditation and re-accreditation of courses, student selection, teaching at undergraduate, post-registration and post graduate level and offshore in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea and Masters supervision and examination. Merylin's faculty engagement included membership on the Faculty Research Degrees Committee and secondment to Monash University Sunway, Malaysia. During her Doctoral studies Merylin undertook a summer intensive at the International Institute of Qualitative Methods, University of Alberta (Canada). Before becoming an academic, Merylin held various nursing positions including charge nurse, evening and night supervisor, Director of Nursing Education and was on the Nursing executive of a Victorian regional referral hospital.

Research Themes

Merylin's research aligns to the University's research themes of Better Health and Culture and Society. Her research interests include understanding the attributes that underpin a quality clinical learning environment, preparing students for placement in rural, remote and Aboriginal health settings, interprofessional education, the relationship between rural placement and rural career intent, rural health workforce, (recruitment, retention, career opportunities), building placement capacity and managing change. Her research interests have led to collaborative action research with industry partners to strengthen rural clinical learning environments and develop and evaluate online virtual orientation tours of rural, remote and Aboriginal health services; areas of identified national and international workforce shortage. The virtual tours have generated attention throughout Australia and internationally and have been utilised by multiple stakeholders for various purposes. Her current research related to work-integrated learning builds on previous and successively funded studies that addressed mapping clinical placement capacity, building placement capacity in rural and non-traditional settings, interprofessional learning, the status of education as core business in smaller rural health services, models of clinical supervision and infrastructure requirements to support rural placements. Outcomes have included invitations to present at clinical placement summits, national and international conference papers and her project team being awarded runner-up in a national award for collaboration between higher education and industry.

Merylin is also researching learning and skill decay (related to Life Support training), an area of particular relevance to maintaining proficiency among rural health professionals, maintaining a sustainable rural workforce, promoting health outcomes and promoting a quality clinical learning environment. There is no evidence to support the frequency of Life Support training mandated or the variation between disciplines. The notion of learning and skill decay has received scant research attention although it is known that rural and remote health professionals have limited access to continuing professional development, variable opportunities to regularly practice these skills and limited access to back-up support.

Merylin has a continuing interest in researching Health service reform and change. Her doctoral research involved a mixed methods study of Victorian nurses who worked in public hospitals during a period of radical restructuring. How the restructuring was managed made a difference. Unless the interplay between organisational structures and processes were factored into restructuring and the change was managed constructively to avoid breaching nurses' tolerance to change, the results were often unintended and counterproductive. Hidden costs were incurred and nurses were often stretched almost beyond caring.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Fellow Australian College of Nursing (FACN) 1978- periodic input to policy and guidelines, local primary resource officer, offer to review conference abstracts, chair conference sessions and reviewer for Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) – periodic input and suggestions regarding nursing work and working conditions. Submission of information piece to the ANMF Journal related to the 'Virtual Tours' of Rural and Remote Health Care Facilities in Tasmania
  • Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN) Simulation network. Presentation and reports of Simulated/Distributed Simulated learning initiatives
  • Member of Tasmanian Clinical Education Network. Presentations of projects and project outcomes
  • Reviewer for the journal Contemporary Nurse and previously, Journal of Qualitative Health Research

Administrative expertise

  • Certificate Total Quality Management. 
  • Dip.N.Ed. - Curriculum Development & Educational Administration. 
  • Projects managed 10 - including developing a regional multidisciplinary placement database
  •  Development and accreditation of Bachelor of Nursing and Rural Health Practice (BN/RHP) curriculum. 
  • Course coordination BN/RHP & BN (Post-Registration)
  •  Year coordination, Director Nursing Education, hospital supervisor (evening/night).

Teaching

Nursing research, Leadership and management in nursing, Legal and ethical issues, Nursing, society & culture, Transcultural care, Professional issues, Health teaching & promotion, Transition to practice/rural practice, Collaborative care, Therapeutic communication.

Teaching expertise

Dr Merylin Cross has twenty years of experience as a nursing academic; and over 30 years in nursing education. Curriculum development, course design and course coordination (2001-2010). Experience in undergraduate and post graduate teaching: Leadership and management, Nursing research, Health teaching & promotion, Legal and ethical issues, Professional issues and Therapeutic communication: face to face and by flexible delivery - Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia & Papua New Guinea. Doctoral research built on previous studies in quality management, sociology of health and work and change/social change.Qualitative research training at the International Institute for Qualitative Methods (University of Alberta, Canada) in ethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology, narrative inquiry, mixed methods, and action research.

Research Appointments

  • External evaluator Australian Government Learning and Teaching Council grant (2010), undertaken collaboratively with Curtin, Murdoch, Notre Dame and Southern Cross Universities May 2011
  • Research officer/ project manager Latrobe Regional Hospital for the Gippsland Clinical Placement Network, Victoria

Research Invitations

Invitations to present clinical placement related research at:

  • Victorian Clinical Placement Summits in 2009 and 2011
  • Gippsland Clinical Placement Network symposium in 2012
  • Tasmanian Clinical Education Network symposia in 2014 and 2015

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Expertise

    • Building clinical placement capacity
    • Quality of clinical learning environments
    • Preparing students for work-integrated learning
    • Clinical supervision
    • Interprofessional learning (opportunities, readiness, organisational readiness)
    • Health service reform/redesign/ managing change
    • Recruitment and retention/turnover health care workforce
    • Qualitative research
    • Mixed methods

Awards

B-HERT award. Awarded runner-up in the national Business and Higher Education Research and Training Award for collaboration between education and industry (2009).

Collaboration

Merylin is currently involved in five projects which are aimed at better preparing health professional students for placements in rural, remote and aboriginal health, for rural and interprofessional practice and promoting health outcomes. Collectively, these collaborative projects involve partnerships with 15 Health industry partners, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and its three Aboriginal health services, Ambulance Tasmania and faculty in five health disciplines. Expressions of interest to collaborate more broadly are welcome and being explored with other sectors and through existing connections within Australia through ARHEN, a health education network representing 11 Centres for Rural Health and 14 universities and its Aboriginal staff network. That the tours have been viewed by people in 33 countries may also pave the way for additional partnerships outside Australia. Previously, Merylin was involved in a range of interprofessional and nursing projects in Tasmania and Victoria that involved Departments of Health, Health Workforce Australia, higher education, public, private, community, mental health, aged care and not-for-profit health industry sectors, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Care Organisations (ACCHOs) and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) partnerships.

Current projects

  •  Hosting Virtual Orientation Tours of Rural Practice Settings via The TCEN Website
  •  Preparing students for placement in Aboriginal Health
  • Life Support Training: A Cross-sectional Study (Learning decay related to LS training)
  • Health literacy in the curriculum
  •  Interprofessional Learning in rural clinical learning environments
  • Promoting health research literacy for clinicians

Fields of Research

  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Nursing (111099)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Emergency Medicine (110305)
  • Specialist Studies in Education (130399)
  • Mental Health Nursing (111005)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
  • Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
  • Clinical Sciences (110399)
  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Language, Communication and Culture (209999)
  • Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
  • Social and Community Psychology (170113)
  • Care for Disabled (111703)
  • Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
  • Architecture (120199)

Research Objectives

  • Rural Health (920506)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Nursing (920210)
  • Management of Education and Training Systems (930502)
  • Palliative Care (920211)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes (920302)
  • Learner and Learning Processes (930102)
  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • Mental Health Services (920209)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Mental Health (920410)
  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Health (929999)
  • Education and Training (939999)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) (920303)
  • Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) (920199)
  • Occupational Health (920505)
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing (920112)
  • Resourcing of Education and Training Systems (930503)
  • Natural Hazards (961099)
  • Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability (960311)

Publications

 Dr Cross is a reviewer for Contemporary Nurse and Collegian.

Total publications

29

Highlighted publications

(4 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2016Journal ArticleBetihavas V, Bridgman H, Kornhaber R, Cross M, 'The evidence for 'flipping out': A systematic review of the flipped classroom in nursing education', Nurse Education Today, 38 pp. 15-21. ISSN 0260-6917 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.12.010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Bridgman H; Kornhaber R

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2012Journal ArticleBarnett T, Walker LE, Jacob E, Missen K, Cross MD, et al., 'Expanding the clinical placement capacity of rural hospitals in Australia: Displacing Peta to place Paul?', Nurse Education Today, 32, (5) pp. 485-489. ISSN 0260-6917 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2011.08.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Barnett T

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2010Journal ArticleBarnett AP, Cross M, Shahwan-Akl L, Jacob B, 'The evaluation of a successful collaborative education model to expand student clinical placements', Nurse Education in Practice, 10, (1) pp. 17-21. ISSN 1471-5953 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2009.01.018 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24

Co-authors: Barnett AP

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2007Journal ArticleBarnett AP, Cross M, Jacob E, Shahwan-Akl L, Welch A, et al., 'Building capacity for the clinical placement of nursing students', Collegian, 15, (2) pp. 55-61. ISSN 1322-7696 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2008.02.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 37Web of Science - 35

Co-authors: Barnett AP

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Journal Article

(16 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Chidarikire S, Cross M, Skinner I, Cleary M, 'Treatments for people living with schizophrenia in Sub-Saharan Africa: an adapted realist review', International Nursing Review pp. 1-15. ISSN 0020-8132 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/inr.12391 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Chidarikire S; Cleary M

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2017Marsh P, Gartell G, Egg G, Nolan A, Cross M, 'End-of-Life care in a community garden: Findings from a Participatory Action Research project in regional Australia', Health and Place, 45 pp. 110-116. ISSN 1353-8292 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.03.006 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Marsh P

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2017Saunders A, Green R, Cross M, 'Making the most of person-centred education by integrating flipped and simulated teaching: An exploratory study', Nurse Education in Practice, 27 pp. 71-77. ISSN 1471-5953 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2017.08.014 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Saunders A; Green R

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2017Smith T, Sutton K, Pit S, Muyambi K, Terry D, et al., 'Health professional students' rural placement satisfaction and rural practice intentions: A national cross-sectional survey', Australian Journal of Rural Health pp. 1-7. ISSN 1038-5282 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12375 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Cross M, Sculthorpe J, Barnett T, Dennis S, 'Preparing students for placement in Aboriginal health services using online virtual orientation tours: A Participatory action approach', Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin, 17, (2) pp. 1-7. ISSN 1445-7253 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Barnett T; Dennis S

2016Betihavas V, Bridgman H, Kornhaber R, Cross M, 'The evidence for 'flipping out': A systematic review of the flipped classroom in nursing education', Nurse Education Today, 38 pp. 15-21. ISSN 0260-6917 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.12.010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Bridgman H; Kornhaber R

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2016Kornhaber R, Cross M, Betihavas V, Bridgman H, 'The benefits and challenges of academic writing retreats: an integrative review', Higher Education Research and Development, 35, (6) pp. 1210-1227. ISSN 0729-4360 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2016.1144572 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Kornhaber R; Bridgman H

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2015Barnett T, Hoang H, Cross M, Bridgman H, 'Interprofessional practice and learning in a youth mental health service: a case study using network analysis', Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29, (5) pp. 512-514. ISSN 1356-1820 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3109/13561820.2015.1004042 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Barnett T; Hoang H; Bridgman H

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2015Cross M, Barnett T, 'Virtual tours of rural and remote healthcare facilities', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 23, (4) pp. 37. ISSN 2202-7114 (2015) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Barnett T

2015Spencer J, Woodroffe J, Cross M, Allen P, ' A golden opportunity'': exploring interprofessional learning and practice in rural clinical settings', Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29, (4) pp. 389-391. ISSN 1356-1820 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3109/13561820.2014.970250 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Spencer J; Woodroffe J; Allen P

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2012Barnett T, Sellick K, Cross M, Walker L, James A, et al., 'Preparing student nurses for healthcare reform', Focus on Health Professional Education, 14, (1) pp. 23-34. ISSN 1442-1100 (2012) [Refereed Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Barnett T

2012Barnett T, Walker LE, Jacob E, Missen K, Cross MD, et al., 'Expanding the clinical placement capacity of rural hospitals in Australia: Displacing Peta to place Paul?', Nurse Education Today, 32, (5) pp. 485-489. ISSN 0260-6917 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2011.08.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Barnett T

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2012Jacob E, Barnett T, Missen K, Cross M, Walker L, 'Australian clinician's views on Interprofessional Education for students in the rural clinical setting', Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education, 2, (2) pp. 219-229. ISSN 1916-7342 (2012) [Refereed Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Barnett T

2012Missen K, Jacob ER, Barnett T, Walker L, Cross M, 'Interprofessional clinical education: clincians' views on the importance of leadership', Collegian, 19, (4) pp. 189-195. ISSN 1322-7696 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2011.10.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Barnett T

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2010Barnett AP, Cross M, Shahwan-Akl L, Jacob B, 'The evaluation of a successful collaborative education model to expand student clinical placements', Nurse Education in Practice, 10, (1) pp. 17-21. ISSN 1471-5953 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2009.01.018 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24

Co-authors: Barnett AP

Tweet

2007Barnett AP, Cross M, Jacob E, Shahwan-Akl L, Welch A, et al., 'Building capacity for the clinical placement of nursing students', Collegian, 15, (2) pp. 55-61. ISSN 1322-7696 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2008.02.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 37Web of Science - 35

Co-authors: Barnett AP

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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Barnett T, Auckland S, Bridgman H, Cross M, Dennis S, et al., 'Rural Health Benchmarking Project 2013/14: Final Report and Recommendations' pp. 1-25. (2014) [Substantial Review]

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Co-authors: Barnett T; Auckland S; Bridgman H; Dennis S; Feely A; Kirschbaum M; Booth S

Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Farthing A, Pit S, Smith T, Terry D, Waller S, et al., ' Ruralisation' through University Department of Rural Health supported student placements: A cross-sectional survey', 14th WONCA World Rural Health Conference, 1 May 2017, Cairns, Australia (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2016Ennever E, Cross M, Marlow A, 'Virtual orientation: Helping WIL students 'belong'', Australian Collaborative Education (ACEN) 2016 National Conference, WIL 2020 Pushing the Boundaries, 28-30 September, Sydney, Australia, pp. 151. (2016) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Ennever E; Marlow A

2007Jacob B, Barnett AP, Cross M, Shahwan-Akl L, McCarthy S, et al., 'Identifying and overcoming barriers to the clinical placement of nursing students in a rural environment', 5th International Congress, 2 February 2007, Albury, NSW (2007) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Barnett AP

2007Jacob B, Barnett T, Cross M, Shahwan-Akl L, McCarthy S, et al., 'Identifying and overcoming barriers to the clinical placement of nursing students in a rural environment', ICN International Rural and Remote Nurses' Network 5th International Congress, 2 February, 2007, Albury, Australia (2007) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Barnett T

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Barnett AP, Auckland SRJ, Bridgman H, Cross DMG, Dennis S, et al., 'Rural Health Benchmarking Project 2013/14 Final Report and Recommendations', CRH, Tasmania (2014) [Contract Report]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Barnett AP; Auckland SRJ; Bridgman H; Dennis S; Kirschbaum M

2014Barnett AP, Cross DMG, Hills NJ, Kirschbaum M, Bridgman H, et al., 'Simulated Learning Environments Distributed Simulation Project: Final Report University of Tasmania', HWA, Adelaide (2014) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Barnett AP; Hills NJ; Kirschbaum M; Bridgman H; Valk M; Deakin C; Spencer J

2013Barnett AP, Hoang Ha, Cross DMG, Bridgman H, 'Workshop evaluation report: network characteristics of a youth counselling service', Cornerstone Youth Services, 1 (2013) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Barnett AP; Hoang Ha; Bridgman H

2013Cross DMG, 'Hosting Virtual Orientation Tours of rural practice settings via the TCEN website', Health Workforce Australia, Final (2013) [Contract Report]

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2013Harris MW, Barnett AP, Thompson S, Riggs J, Barlcay L, et al., 'Thriving in transition: A model for student support in the transition to Australian higher education', Office for Learning & Teaching, 1 (2013) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Harris MW; Barnett AP

2010Barnett AP, Cross M, Jacob E, Walker L, Missen K, et al., 'Building Capacity for Clinical Placements and Interprofessional Learning (IPL): Final Report', OCLC (2010) [Consultants Report]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Barnett AP

Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Chidarikire S, Cross M, Cleary M, Skinner I, 'WHO Quality of Life-BREF (WHOQOL-BREF) Shona Version: Translation Report', The World Health Organisation, Geneva, pp. 1-4. (2017) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Chidarikire S; Cleary M; Skinner I

2014Simpson H, Duers L, Rankin J, McFadyen J, Campbell SJ, et al., 'Health Benchmarking Project Final Report', University of Tasmania and University of the West of Scotland, pp. 1-45. (2014) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Campbell SJ; Stirling CM; Walsh K; Ford K; Geraghty DP; Williams AD; Eri RD; Robinson AL; Miller AB; McKay AJ; Sondermeyer J; Elmer SL; Cooper JF; Booth S

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

4

Total funding

$276,045

Projects

Assessing the readiness of mainstream childhood education and care centres to provide ASD early intervention (2016 - 2018)$181,020
Description
Realist evaluation of a hub and spokes service delivery model operated by the North West Tasmania Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC), and validation of a readiness assessment tool.
Funding
St Giles Society ($181,020)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McCann DE; Fordyce K; Quarmby L; Cross DMG; Cheek CG; Stephens MJ; Owen CM; Allen PL
Period
2016 - 2018
Preparing students for placement in Aboriginal Health (2014)$21,965
Description
The aims of the project are, at the behest of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) to: collaboratively develop, trial and evaluate Virtual orientation Tours of three Aboriginal Health Services in Tasmania. Methodology: An action research approach will be adopted to guide the collaborative development, trialing and evaluation of the Virtual Tours of three Aboriginal Health Services. The outcomes will be three virtual orientation tours hosted online via the Tasmanian Clinical Education Network (TCEN) and TAC websites with links to other areas of the TAC website that the TAC considers appropriate for increasing students cultural awareness and competence. These virtual orientations will prepare students for professional experience placements in Aboriginal Health services in a way that is timely and cost-effective for students and placement providers, alleviates reality shock, increases students understanding of the local culture, nature of the services and learning opportunities available and what will be expected of them. In addition to preparing students for placement in Aboriginal Health, these Virtual orientation programs will be accessible to all health professional students via the TCEN website and potentially other students and prospective employees via the TAC website and thus help to address the identified need to expose more health professionals and students to Aboriginal Health issues and Aboriginal Health Services (Australian Government Mason Review, 2012; Closing the Gap; 2008-14; TCEN 2014-15).
Funding
Health Workforce Australia ($21,965)
Scheme
Grant-Tasmanian Clinical Education Network
Administered By
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Inc
Research Team
Sculthorpe J; Cross DMG; Barnett Tony; Valk M; Dennis SL
Year
2014
Hosting Virtual Orientation Tours of rural practice settings via the TCEN website (2013)$39,320
Description
The aims of this project are to develop, utilise and evaluate the merit of on-line Virtual Orientation Tours of rural and remote practice settings as a strategy to: attract students from a range of health disciplines and education sectors to rural and remote placements; allay students pre-placement anxiety; and prepare students for rural and remote practice by increasing their awareness of the facilities, services, learning opportunities and resources available.
Funding
Health Workforce Australia ($39,320)
Scheme
Grant-Tasmanian Clinical Education Network
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Cross DMG; Barnett Tony; Valk M; Grattidge D
Year
2013
Descriptive study of network characteristics of a youth counselling service (2013)$33,740
Description
A descriptive analysis and review of current interprofessional work practices and network characteristics in a youth counselling service.
Funding
Health Workforce Australia ($33,740)
Scheme
Grant-Tasmanian Clinical Education Network
Administered By
Cornerstone Youth Services Inc
Research Team
Frost W; Barnett Tony; Hoang THH; Cross DMG; Bridgman H
Year
2013

Research Supervision

Merylin is currently supervising two PhD students. Previously she has supervised two Masters and one Honours student to completion and examined eight Masters theses and two Honours dissertations. Merylin is keen to supervise Higher Degree Research students interested in work-integrated learning, interprofessional learning, rural health workforce, (recruitment, retention, sustainability) quality of rural health professionals' working life, and rural health services and reform.

Current

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDExploring education and interprofessional learning in rural clinical learning environments2013
PhDOTC codeine addiction: a comparative study on pathways to addiction in rural and metropolitan areas within Tasmania2013
PhDUnderstanding the lived experiences of people with schizophrenia in Harare Zimbabwe: A Critical Ethnography2015