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Please allow me to introduce myself.

Dave Sainsbury

MBBS, University of Adelaide 1978
B.Med.Sc(Hons, NeuroAnatomy), University of Adelaide 1974
Clinical Associate Professor, Acute Care Medicine, University of Adelaide
Fellow, Governor’s Leadership Foundation, 2009
Graduate, Generating Transformative Change, Pacific Integral, 2012

You could dig into the details on linked-in

I currently work 6/10 as a staff anaesthetist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia.
I have worked here as a paediatric anaesthetist for 25 years, 5 years as director.

My remaining time is devoted to Medical Leadership at clinical and professional levels.
The practical application is through education and programs on communication & teamwork for health workers in general and doctors in particular:

Welfare and organisation of doctors in South Australia.

Over the last 3 years I have served on the Council of the South Australian Salaried Medical Officers Association (SASMOA) in the positions of Vice President, President, and Immediate Past President.
In my year as president I initiated closer ties with the AMA SA branch, resulting in a memorandum of understanding between our two organisations.
I also developed closer ties with Doctors Health SA, to ensure their services were aligned with the needs of salaried medical officers.  Part of my interest in the health of doctors.  See the Aging Anaesthetist.

 Current research

My current research interest is centred on dual process theory.  And there are a couple of blog entries in this category.  The article on dual process theory in surgery gives a simple introduction and application.

I am involved in two research projects at the moment.  The first involves a virtual reality “space” in which there is a simulated post partum haemorrhage. The trainees take on avatars and move around in the virtual hospital, interacting with the environment and each other.  The scenario is completed with a facilitated debrief, that can also occur in the “virtual hospital” or through other screen sharing technologies.  The advantages include the opportunity for remote scenario based education with trainees in different locations.

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The other project examines the impact of non technical skills training through simulation or facilitated lectures (NOTSS).  Surgical trainees are taking part in simulated scenarios at TQEH and RAH in actual operating theatres after hours.




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