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BPsych, PhD Sydney

After completing her PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor Melissa Baysari worked in railway safety (train driver errors) before transitioning to medication safety in 2009. Melissa leads the ‘Electronic decision support and human factors in healthcare’ stream in the Centre for Health Systems & Safety Research. She is a human factors researcher with expertise in both quantitative and qualitative evaluation. Her research is focused on understanding and preventing prescribing errors, with a particular focus on the design and evaluation of computerised decision support. 

Melissa has published widely in the areas of medication safety, decision support and human factors and has secured over $6 million in research funding in the area of health technology evaluation. Melissa’s research has also resulted in several significant changes being made to hospital electronic prescribing systems, as well as to hospital policy and work practices.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, University of Sydney

Psychology, Bachelor of Psychology

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Projects 2014 2021

Optimising computerised decision support to transform medication safety and reduce prescriber burden

Baysari, M., Li, L., Westbrook, J., Day, R., Hilmer, S., Doherty, P., Draheim, M., Hargreaves, A., McDonald, D., Monaghan, C., Nair, L. & Samson, R.


Project: Research

Delivering safe and effective care for children in hospital with ehealth systems

Westbrook, J., Georgiou, A., Day, R., O'Brien, T., Karnon, J., Dalla-Pozza, L., Cowell, P., Li, L., Baysari, M., Ambler, G., PhD Contribution (NHMRC), P. C. (. & PhD Contribution 2 (NHMRC), P. C. 2. (.

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Project: Research

Child Care

Patient-centred eHealth approach to improving outcomes for gout sufferers

Westbrook, J., Day, R., Zwar, N., Reath, J., Lau, A., Baysari, M., Laba, T., McLachlan, A., Runciman, W., Coiera, E., Braithwaite, J. & Clay-Williams, R.

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Project: Research

Video Consultation Capability Project (HealthDirect)

Georgiou, A., Coiera, E. & Baysari, M.


Project: Research


Research Outputs 2004 2019

Do user preferences align with human factors assessment scores of drug–drug interaction alerts?

Lowenstein, D., Zheng, W. Y., Burke, R., Kenny, E., Sandhu, A., Makeham, M., Westbrook, J., Day, R. O. & Baysari, M. T., 11 Apr 2019, In : Health Informatics Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Drug Interactions
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Improving adherence to urate-lowering therapy in people living with gout

Coleshill, M. J., Aung, E., Nguyen, A. D., Stocker, S. L., Baysari, M. T., Kamel, B., Schulz, M., McLachlan, A. J. & Day, R. O., 1 Apr 2019, In : International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. 22, 4, p. 542-544 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

Nudging hospitals towards evidence-based decision support for medication management

Westbrook, J. I. & Baysari, M. T., 1 Apr 2019, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 210, S6, p. S22-S24 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Medication Systems

Patients' use of mobile health applications: what general practitioners think

Nguyen, A. D., Frensham, L. J., Baysari, M. T., Carland, J. E. & Day, R. O., Apr 2019, In : Family Practice. 36, 2, p. 214-218 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Mobile Applications
General Practitioners
Chronic Disease

Selection and use of decision support alerts in electronic medication management systems in Australian hospitals: a survey of implementers

Page, N. J. B., Baysari, M. T. & Westbrook, J. I., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research. 49, 2, p. 142-149 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Medication Systems
Drug Hypersensitivity
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Clinical Decision Support Systems


Branko Cesnik Award

Melissa Baysari (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Honorary award


Editor's choice-International Journal for Quality in Health Care

Johanna Westbrook (Recipient), L. Li (Recipient), Elin C. Lehnbom (Recipient), Melissa Baysari (Recipient), Jeffrey Braithwaite (Recipient), R. Burke (Recipient), C. Conn (Recipient) & R.O. Day (Recipient), 2015


Medication Errors
Quality of Health Care
Human engineering