The Sydney Health Professions Education Research Network (SHERN) is aimed at advancing the skills of our healthcare educators by fostering interdisciplinary discussion and understanding around the cultures in which they learn, teach and practise.
Drawing on social science disciplinary knowledge and through ongoing engagement and collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and University colleagues, the purpose of SHERN is to impart new knowledge that will deliver the highest standard of medical and healthcare education.
To achieve this, our network undertakes applied research, strategic basic research, experimental development and pure basic research, covering a range of topics across the health professionals' career trajectory, including:
Striving to foster a strong sense of belonging and cultural safety for all to flourish; valuing all perspectives in the knowledge that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; endeavouring to undertake work that is not just done to our community of stakeholders, or done on them, but achieved with them via co-design.
Opening up possibilities to promote cross-pollination of ideas and concepts for research and education innovation; striving to empower our community of stakeholders to share educational and research experiences and ideas; being courageous to take a risk, learning from our endeavours whatever the outcomes.
Open to the contribution that all members of our community make, which will facilitate our collective success; respecting personal values across our community of stakeholders; facilitating leadership and learning opportunities, providing opportunities for growth across our community.
Ensuring our work is known as excellent in its integrity and ethical principles; a culture of honesty and trust provides the basis of our ethical working practices; fostering our ethical approach reflexively through role modelling best practice, respectfully raising concerns where necessary.