In February 2015, the formal collaborations between the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare (IRCCH) and Charter for Compassion established the Asia-Pacific Healthcare Hub of the Charter for Compassion. This unique international establishment will continue to strive to promote compassionate healthcare practice through effective communication from education to practice. Together with the alliance with the International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare and the global network of the Charter for Compassion, the Asia-Pacific Healthcare Hub enhances IRCCH’s distinctive ability to translate communication research and to mobilize values into healthcare practice.
IRCCH’s mission is to build and sustain a world-class, collaborative health communication research and training hub where internationally recognized and multidisciplinary healthcare professionals and communication experts work together, translating research to education and practice and improving patient safety, relationships, and the quality of healthcare practice around the world. IRCCH aims to translate cutting edge communication research into best practice and training for safe and compassionate healthcare.
Recognizing the increasing linguistic and cultural diversity of both patients and clinicians, IRCCH encourages an innovative interprofessional approach by bringing together internationally renowned experts from many professional disciplines. These include medicine, nursing and other health professions, medical/ healthcare education, interprofessional training and practice, health policy and leadership, health sciences, linguistics, health communication studies, sociology, and clinical service redesign. The purpose of this IRCCH collaboration is to promote health communication research and the application of research findings to healthcare practice and concurrent development of evidence based education and training programs and curricula.
Similarly, the mission of the Charter envisions a world in which compassion and compassionate action, as articulated in the Charter becomes a transformative energy thus motivating individuals and communities to care for each other, to relieve suffering wherever it is found and to connect to other communities across the globe. This approach ensures well-being for all beings on the planet.
Professor Phillip Della is head of Curtin University of Technology’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, and chair of the Anaphylaxis Management Implementation Group (AMIG). The goal of the AMIG is to protect WA children through appropriate management of anaphylaxis in schools and childcare services, and will progress the strategies of the state implementation plan.
Roger Dunston joined the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at University of Technology Sydney in early 2007. He is a senior health services manager, educator and health policy analyst with over 30 years of experience within the health sector. His appointment to FASS is a response to a global policy and practice momentum that is reshaping the role of the higher education sector and, in particular, its relationship to industry and civil society.
Professor Dorothy Jones is a pioneer of patient safety and health system improvement in Australia. She is professor of clinical safety and quality at Curtin University in Australia. For the last two decades she has demonstrated an outstanding track record of innovation across clinical practice, government health policy and reform and academic research. She demonstrates a modern adaptive leadership approach and has an engaging and warm personal style. She is a skilled communicator and prioritizes relationship management, mentoring and genuine team based collaboration in order to deliver required performance and outcomes. She enjoys teaching and learning for others and herself! She remains deeply curious about the world and the human beings who live in it.
Dorothy originally trained in medicine and successfully transitioned from clinical practice (hospital and public health settings) into senior executive health management in the WA Health Department where she held various senior executive (board level) roles including director, chief medical officer and executive director.
Suzanne M. Kurtz was Professor of Communication, joint appointed in the Faculties of Education and Medicine, University of Calgary from 1976 through 2005. In 2006, she joined the faculty of Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she is Clinical Professor and Director of Clinical Communication. Focusing her career on improving communication practices in health care and education and on developing curricula and methods for teaching and learning communication skills, she has worked with a variety of groups: medical and education students, residents, practicing physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, patient groups, veterinarians and students of veterinary medicine, teachers, and administrators in health and education.
Jack Pun is a Ph.D. candidate conducting research in the teaching and learning process in EMI (English as medium of instruction) science classrooms, with particular interests on classroom interactions, use of L1 (first language)/ code-switching, teaching pedagogy in EMI classrooms, academic literacy in EMI context, language challenges and coping strategies, teachers and students’ views towards EMI in Hong Kong secondary schools.
Elizabeth Rider founded and directs Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School’s first Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism, which is sponsored by the Institute, and co-sponsored by The Academy of Innovation in Education at Boston Children’s Hospital, the Office of Faculty Development, and the Office of Graduate Medical Education. She is on the active staff at Children’s, and also co-directs a year-long psychosocial pediatrics course for clinicians. An Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Elizabeth is a Harvard Macy Institute Scholar and Faculty for the Program for Educators in the Health Professions. At HMS, she was Coordinator of Faculty Development, Resident as Teacher Initiative, and faculty for the Patient-Doctor III course for many years. Elizabeth and colleagues implemented communication skills assessment across the HMS curriculum.
Marilyn Turkovich has been an instructional designer, facilitator and a consultant specializing in instructional design, strategic planning, race and social justice initiatives, leadership development and coaching. In addition to this work, she has been involved in education as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, principal and director of teacher training programs for the Associated Colleges and Columbia College—Chicago. She is currently Executive Director for The Charter for Compassion.