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PhD Applied Linguistics (Macquarie University, 2012), MA (Universität Konstanz, Germany)

Dr Maria R Dahm is driven by her commitment to conducting innovative, translational research at the nexus of applied linguistics and health services research. Her goals are to improve diagnosis and patient safety through research in health communication and consumer engagement.

Maria is a Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University. She is the project lead for an NHMRC-funded partnership project on improving test result management run in collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, NSW Pathology and Health Consumers NSW. 

Maria has previously worked as an Early Career Research Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University. She has a background in applied linguistics and combines her passion for patient-centred health research with her expertise in qualitative and mixed methods approaches in health communication and health services research.  Her research focuses on person-centred healthcare delivery, health communication, health information infrastructure for vulnerable patient groups, and ways clinicians interact with health information technology in the diagnostic process. She is particularly interested in diagnostic error, the impact of health communication on patient safety, and improving consumer engagement in health informatics.

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Projects 2013 2015

Research Outputs 2010 2019

A comparative study of the utilisation of an electronic test–result management system in emergency and intensive care settings

Thomas, J., Dahm, M. R., Li, J., Westbrook, J. I. & Georgiou, A., 3 Dec 2019, In : Health Informatics Journal. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Emergency Medical Services
Critical Care
Medical Informatics
Electronic Health Records
Intensive Care Units
Chest Pain
Observational Studies
Hospital Emergency Service

Assessing the information quality and usability of My Health Record within a health literacy framework: what’s changed since 2016?

Walsh, L., Hemsley, B., Allan, M., Dahm, M. R., Balandin, S., Georgiou, A., Higgins, I., McCarthy, S. & Hill, S., 1 Aug 2019, In : Health Information Management Journal. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Health Literacy
Consumer Health Information

Diagnostic informatics: its role in enhancing clinical excellence, patient safety and the value of care

Georgiou, A., Hardie, R. A., Dahm, M. R., Li, J., Thomas, J., Sezgin, G., Li, L. & Westbrook, J. I., 21 Aug 2019, MEDINFO 2019: Health and Wellbeing e-Networks for All - Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics. Ohno-Machado, L. & Seroussi, B. (eds.). Amsterdam: IOS Press, p. 591-595 5 p. (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; vol. 264).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Patient Safety
Medical imaging
Information technology
Developmental Disabilities
Disabled Persons
health information
Intellectual Disability

Activities 2017 2017

  • 2 Membership of committee

Human Research Ethics Committee (Medical) (Event)

Maria Dahm (Member)
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Athena Swan Gender Equity Self Assessment Team (Event)

Maria Dahm (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee