A/Prof. Ashley Kable
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School of Nursing and Midwifery
The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Dr Kable is Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Nursing and Midwifery and a researcher in acute health care and health services research. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle and has experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods and has conducted and supervised intervention studies, patient and workforce surveys, and focus groups and expert panels for the purpose of validating study instruments. She has been involved in multidisciplinary research groups and research topics have included: adverse events in surgical admissions, using statistical modelling to identify predictors for adverse events, patient surveys of post discharge complications and delivery of health services, designing/conducting/evaluating interventions to reduce adverse events in health care, sharps including needlestick injuries in nurses, occupational rehabilitation of nurses, and resistance to care in health care.
- PhD, University of Newcastle, 2004
- Registered Nurse, Queensland Nurses Registration Board
- Diploma of Teaching (Nursing), Sydney College of Advanced Education
- Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management, University of Newcastle, 1996
- Acute Care
- Adverse events in health care
- Clinical simulation
- Intervention studies
- OH&S nursing workforce
- Patient safety
- Patients experiences
Dr Kable has experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods and has conducted and supervised intervention studies, patient and workforce surveys, and focus groups and expert panels for the purpose of validating study instruments. She has been involved in multidisciplinary research groups and research topics have included: adverse events in surgical admissions, using statistical modelling to identify predictors for adverse events, patient surveys of post discharge complications and delivery of health services, designing/conducting/evaluating interventions to reduce adverse events in health care, sharps including needlestick injuries in nurses, occupational rehabilitation of nurses, and resistance to care in health care.
Previous Major Grants: Three NSW Workcover Applied Research Projects in collaboration with the NSW Nurses Association and Maya Guest from the School of Health Sciences, focused on Occupational Health and Safety Issues for the Nursing Workforce in New South Wales, Australia.
Other projects: Violence in ED, Testing quality indicators of simulation, Adult lifestyle incentives for vitality and energy, Second victims of adverse events, Evaluating the preceptor role, Community healthy adults project.
Dr Kable is supervising research higher degree candidates studies on a range of acute care, education and safety related topics including: patient initiated violence, clinical simulation and information and communication technology, professional interaction and patient experiences, mental health patient experiences, and evaluation of patient outcomes following intervention programs.
Convenor of the University of Newcastle Evidence Based Health Care Group: a JBI Evidence Synthesis Group, and Trained to undertake systematic reviews for Joanna Briggs Institute.
PhD thesis: Measurement and Prevention of Adverse Events in High Volume Elective Surgical Procedural Groups in an Acute Hospital Setting. 2004. This dissertation was the result of an intervention study that required extensive collaboration with various disciplines to develop, implement and evaluate the intervention. This study was preceded by a secondary data analysis of the Quality in Australian Health Care data base and the results were also published in a Report to New South Wales Department of Health - Surgical Adverse Events Study 1999. This work was funded by the Ministerial Advisory Committee Quality in Health Care, NSW Department of Health (NSW -MACQHC).
Patient safety and quality in health care
Health workforce occupational health and safety
Acute care outcomes and Surgical adverse events
Post discharge patient surveys
Clinical simulation in health care
Patient initiated violence in health care
Multidisciplinary interventions in general practice settings
Fields of Research
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Centres and Groups
Body relevant to professional practice.
- Member - Royal College of Nursing Australia
- Member - Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence Synthesis Group
- Member - Journal: Nursing and Health Sciences
AK Kable, RW Gibberd, AD Spigelman
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (Australia)
This paper was published as the lead original article in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery in March 2004 and was accompanied by a commentary by the Vice President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Publication: Complications after discharge for surgical patients. Kable A, Gibberd R, Spigelman A. ANZ J Surgery 2004: 74: 92-97 Accompanied by a commentary "Measuring and Reporting Outcomes can Identify Opportunities to Provide Better and Safer Care" by the Past President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Chair of the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care
AK Kable, RW Gibberd, AD Spigelman
The International Society for Quality in Health Care (** UNKNOWN country **)
Awarded the Peter Reizenstein Prize 2002, for the best paper published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care in 2002. This project was one of only three funded by the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Quality in Health Care, NSW Department of Health in 1998 ($42,500), from 130 applications received.
Spigelman AD, Gibberd R, Kable A.
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Australia)
Awarded the RACS/General Surgeons of Australia Prize for Best Free Paper Conference Presentation : What Happens to Patients after Discharge? Spigelman AD, Gibberd R, Kable A. ANZ J Surgery Supp 2003: 73 (Suppl. A42) (Published Abstract)
Healthcare Risk Management symposium, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Research Higher Degree Program coordination for the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Program Convenor/coordination for 3 Masters programs including the coordination of staff in the preparation of course materials for courses offered across several programs.
Membership of committees: University Human Research Ethics Committee, Faculty Board (Health), Faculty of Health Research Higher Degree Committee, School of Nursing and Midwifery Executive, School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Committee (Chair), Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) Program Advisory (Chair) and the Postgraduate Programs Committee.
- Advanced Nursing Practice
- Research Design and Methods
- Safety and Quality in Health care
Postgraduate Teaching - Coursework:
During the last 15 years I have been responsible for course coordination, teaching and assessment of postgraduate courses in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Medicine and Public Health.
Teaching modes include online, distance learning and off shore tutorials in postgraduate programs; lecturing and tutorials in undergraduate programs and providing inservice sessions to Hunter New England Health staff. I have developed and written substantial course content in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In 2004, I was nominated for a teaching award by students in the Bachelor of Medicine program.
Currently supervising RHD students projects in ACUTE CARE and related fields including: violence in health care, VTE prophylaxis, clinical simulation, patient communication and experiences, workforce issues, mental health patient experiences, clinical mentoring and breastfeeding interventions.
Contemporary Nursing Issues
- Infection Control
- Patient safety
- Research methods
- Research ethics