Tim Shaw




Tim is the inaugural Professor of eHealth and Director of Research in Implementation Science and eHealth Group (RISe) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. He is an internationally recognised leader in the impact of technology on healthcare and translation of evidence into practice and policy. He works at the interface between quality improvement, professional development and implementation science to ensure the rapid and sustained uptake of innovation. Over the last 5 years CI Shaw has been CI on over 20 grants and consultancies totalling over $12M.

He leads implementation science across two Translational Cancer Research Centres which combines the full spectrum of his translational research experience from basic research through to application of evidence into practice.

He is Chair of the Evidence to Practice working party, Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research Centre and CIA on the Sydney Catalyst flagship research project ‘Closing the Evidence Practice Gap in Lung Cancer’. He is Associate Fellow at the Sydney West Translational Cancer Research Centre and Director of their core implementation and education program investigating the role of multi-disciplinary teams in translational research. He is leading the development of the Data Innovation Lab in Cancer in the Westmead Hospital Precinct focussed on the downstream use of EMR data for performance improvement. He has an active international program working with Partners Healthcare and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, he teaches annually on the Harvard Macy program on Innovation in Healthcare and Education in Boston andhas also acted as an advisor and consultant to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Partners Harvard Medical International and the Joint Commission in the United States.

He began his career as a biomedical research scientist. He then took non-academic leadership roles in developing a number of substantial professional health education and quality improvement programs in Australia and internationally, ultimately setting up the successful Centre for Innovation in Professional Health Education and Research at the University of Sydney. He spent 12 months as an invited Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School (2008–09), before becoming the Director, Workforce Education and Development Group, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney (2009-2014).

Tim sits or has recently sat on a wide range of Committees and working parties including the Western Sydney Local Health District Board Education Committee, the Governing Council of the Health Data Science Coalition, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (Boston) Education Committee, the National Breast Cancer Foundation Research Advisory Committee and the Cancer Research Network Advisory Committee.

Tim works closely with a wide range of government organisations and industry groups including the Clinical Excellence Commission, eHealth NSW, the Cancer Institute NSW, Partners Healthcare (Boston).over $2M. These grants include investigation of the impact of a variety of interventions on behavior and patient outcomes including audit and feedback and targeted use of new technologies. He also oversees an active consultancy program working with governments, professional colleges and service providers. This has included the Development of innovative approaches to using adverse event data to improve outcomes in collaboration with national and international partners such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital; the development of key frameworks such as the Australian National Patient Safety Education Framework for the Commonwealth; and the development of substantial learning programs such as the development of the Cancer Learning Knowledge portal for the Cancer Australia.

He was a visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School for 12 months in 2008/9 during which time he researched the impact of online learning in continuing medical education. This has led to a number of ongoing collaborations with Partners Health Care and Harvard Medical School.

He teaches safety and quality in the Masters of Public Health at The University of Sydney and is a member of the Harvard Macy Faculty and an invited presenter on the Harvard Macy ‘Systems approach to Assessment’ and Leading Education in Healthcare and Education’ programs.

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The MOOC, "eHealth: More than just an electronic record!", is multidisciplinary in nature, and aims to equip the global audience of health clinicians, students, managers, administrators, and researchers to reflect on the overall impact of eHealth on the integration of care. It explores the breadth of technology application, current and emerging trends, and showcases both local and international eHealth practice and research.

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