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Enhancing Employee Engagement and Wellbeing in at-Risk Units at Illawarra Hospitals

The Project

Enhancing Employee Engagement_More about this projectAustralia has a strained regional public health care sector. It is also currently experiencing a skills shortage and faces decreasing employee engagement and high employee turnover. Regional health care professionals carry a range of pressures including improving the quality of life in their community particularly pertinent for an ageing population. 

This project specifically looks at developing strategies to help improve the engagement and wellbeing of medical and nursing staff in at-risk units (i.e. emergency, surgical and intensive care) in Illawarra public hospitals.

The output of this research will help empower managers in making decisions on employee engagement in particularly disruptive and high-pressure environments and in turn enhance wellbeing for staff working in this sector. 

The Researchers

Enhancing Employee Engagement_Meet the researchersThis project brings together researchers from the following Faculties: Business, Social Sciences, Engineering and Information Sciences. 

Associate Professor Mario Fernando is the Head of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Management, Operations and Marketing in UOW’s Faculty of Business. His research interests focus on organisational behaviour issues, particularly at the intersection of ethics, leadership and productivity. 

Dr Shamika Almeida is a lecturer in the School of Management, Operations and Marketing in UOW's Faculty of Business. Her research expertise is in human resource practices, skill utilisation of employees and employee wellbeing and engagement. 

Dr Albert Munoz is also a lecturer in the School of Management, Operations and Marketing in UOW's Faculty of Business. Albert has largely focused his interests to the operations management and supply chain management disciplines. His research typically uses simulation modelling as the primary methodology to explore the impacts of alternative strategic and uncertainty based factors on supply chain efficiency.

Dr Sim Lau is a senior lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Technology. Sim’s key research interest is in web-based information systems.  

Associate Professor Peter Caputi is the Head of the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences.  His main research areas are applied psychology, occupational health psychology, and psychological measurement.

Dr Marianna Milosavljevic is the Director of Research in Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD). Marianna works exclusively with the local health district and her role is to support and assist clinicians in undertaking research.

Professor Sue Cartwright is an external participant from the University of Lancaster.  Sue is the Director of the Centre for Organisational Health and Well-Being at Lancaster University (UK) with over 30 years’ research experience in employee health and wellbeing.

Professor Shyamali Dharmage is also an external participant from the University of Melbourne.  Shyamali is at the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She is an expert on physical wellbeing and quantitative data analysis.

Dr Bishan Rajapakse is a Honorary Clinical Lecturer in the School of Medicine in UOW's Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health.  He is a clinical academic working in the Wollongong Hospital Emergency Department as a final year advanced trainee in Emergency Medicine.  

Last reviewed: 22 February, 2017

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