Professional Practice Research Network Executive

The Professional Practice Research Network Executive (PPRNE) is a subcommittee of the ANZCA Research Committee. Its purpose is to promote research in the professional practice domains of communicator, collaborator, leader and manager, scholar, health advocate and professional in anaesthesia, perioperative and pain medicine.

Similar to the Clinical Trials Network (CTN) subcommittee, it aims to foster excellent research and build networks of researchers. However, the PPRN is more aligned with the social sciences and qualitative research, for example:

  • Exploring the factors influencing practitioner well-being.
  • Investigating the threats and countermeasures to equity in healthcare and in training
  • Examining cognitive processes in clinical reasoning and decision making
  • Studying the development of expertise; understanding and modifying the socio-cultural influences on communication both with patients and with colleagues.
  • Understanding teamwork, leadership and culture in the perioperative environment.
  • Researching human factors, ergonomics and systems design.

Research designs may include qualitative and mixed methods.

The PPRNE will further develop and implement our support for research in the area of professional practice including education, simulation, and strategies to translate and implement evidence into clinical practice. 

Support of this research includes two dedicated professional practice research grants which are available within the college annual research grant funding round. 

The PPRNE aims to achieve the following:

  1. Convene an annual meeting for research presentations.
  2. Provide feedback on research proposals and mentoring of new researchers to enhance quality. 
  3. Establish and administer a pilot grant scheme that provides additional support for the development of high-quality studies.
  4. Establish guides to relevant research methods in collaboration with the ANZCA librarian.
  5. Facilitate networks of researchers to promote multicentre studies.
  6. Organise research workshops at the ANZCA annual scientific meeting.
  7. Encourage fellows and trainees to become involved in PPRN activities.

Committee members





Professor Kirsty Forrest  



Associate Professor Kara Allen


Member (Wellbeing SIG rep)

Dr Indy Lin



Dr Thy Do WA


Dr Andrew Huang


Member (ANZCA Council)

Associate Professor Stuart Marshall


Member (trainee representative) Dr Tim Marshall


Member Dr Cate McIntosh


Member Dr Kerry Warner


Member Professor Jennifer Weller


Member Dr Su-Jen Yap


Member (Exec Director, ANZCA Education and Research) 

Associate Professor Robert O'Brien


Member (General Manager, ANZCA Foundation)

Mr Robert Packer


ANZCA President (ex officio)

Professor David Story


Committee support (non-member) Ms Susan Collins Vic

Last updated 14:22 21.06.2024