Dr Pieter Van Dam
Doctor Pieter Van Dam completed his PhD in Leadership Development in Practice in 2015. During the last eight years Pieter’s career has been focussed on the field of health service improvement and (clinical) leadership development. Pieter has an extensive clinical and educational background in Nursing and was educated in The Netherlands before moving permanently to Australia in the early 2000’s. He has extensive experience in health service improvement/innovation, leadership and management research. Pieter’s most recent work involves evidence based practice, translational research, clinical redesign and consumers’ perspectives on Digital Health Records. For the last three years Pieter has worked closely with the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) NSW, Teeside University United Kingdom and Ko Awatea New Zealand on a number of national health service improvement and co-design (research) initiatives. Pieter works conjointly with the THS and UTAS in a full time capacity.
Dr Rosie Nash
Dr Rosie Nash is a research pathway co-ordinator and a lecturer in Public Health, Faculty of Health, UTAS. Her research aligns to the University’s research theme of Better Health. Her research interests include Competency Based Education, Scholarship of Learning and Teaching, Health Workforce Development, Inter-professional Learning, Assurance of Learning, Representations of Learning (e-Portfolio, Blogs), Pharmacy Practice and Health Literacy and contemporary evaluation methodologies. Dr Nash has managed projects of national significance including Drug Use Evaluation Projects with the National Prescribing Service, offered specialist consultancy services to the pharmacy profession and has facilitated workshops on Assurance of Learning. Dr Nash recently completed a PhD in Pharmacy Education using mixed methods to explore the use of Competency Standards by Health Professionals, Health Professional’s employability and workplace readiness. With a team of UTAS researchers Dr Nash recently employed “ripple mapping” to evaluate the state-wide DHHS communication and health literacy action plan. Dr Nash is currently working collaboratively with Dr Shandell Elmer (School of Health Sciences) on HealthLit4Kids; a program crossing boundaries for positive health literacy outcomes.
Robynne Rankine works as the THS occupational psychologist and her work promotes psychological well-being in teams. Her educational background includes a MEd in Counselling, a Grad Dip Health Psychology, a BScience in Psychology and has currently completed 5/6 Chapters of her Doctorate in Health Promotion ‘promoting older worker well-being in work teams’.
Robynne facilitates, educates and coaches on improving the psychosocial work environment in the Tasmanian Health Service. Her current focus is on culture improvement activities that address human factors which include supporting teams to develop values and behaviours, manage change – evoke change rather than impose it, neuroscience-based strategies for communicating effectively under pressure, accepting stress happens and learning ways to rewire the brain to become more resilient to stress, and building a healthy team culture in what the healthcare organisation literature call ‘turbulent times’.
Her great passion is positive psychology and life coaching – helping people discover meaning, passion and purpose in their life and work. She is also a practitioner in mindfulness – based resilience, neurogenic yoga for core tension and stress release and breath work that promotes vitality and well-being.