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UC health experts to share insight on qualitative research practice

Suzanne Lazaroo

18 January 2021: Explore how qualitative research can reveal a community’s health-related perspectives and decision-making, at an upcoming University of Canberra short course starting on 27 January.

That’s just one expected learning outcome of the UC Pro Health short course, titled Qualitative Research Practice in Health.

“Qualitative research tries to understand perspectives and behaviour, people’s lived realities, and how individuals, communities and even institutions make decisions – all of which are hugely important insights to have in any health-related research,” said course convenor Sunil George, a researcher with the University’s Health Research Institute.

Mr George has extensive experience in the qualitative research sphere, including in his research aimed at improving access to healthcare for Indigenous communities in India.

He will join a pantheon of experts in presenting, including Professor Karen Strickland, Head of the School of Nursing, Miidwifery and Public Health; Dr Marjorie Atchan, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery; and Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr Petra Buergelt.

Participants at the three-day course will gain insight into the ways that qualitative research has contributed to the understanding of health, illness and the patient experience, as well as healthcare delivery and collaboration.

The course will combine rigorous theoretical and practical modules, and is designed to cater for health professionals and organisations keen to explore the concepts of qualitative research underpinning the healthcare industry, as well as to develop the skills to interpret relevant data, and to build and conduct their own studies.

Mr George says this is a skillset both relevant and valuable in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic sees us inundated on all sides with a plethora of studies, information and data – but how do we make sense of what is valuable and what is not?” he said.

“This course will help to develop the understanding of how to conduct and develop qualitative research – but just as importantly, how to conduct a critical analysis of such research, and then apply that analysis in your own work and field.”

Geared for graduates, researchers and professionals in health-related fields alike, the course will critically analyse theories, evaluate methodologies, explore ethical issues and introduce analysis using a range of tools and software.

Click on this link to register now.