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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. (.

1/04/15 → …

Project: Research

Child Care

Patient-centred eHealth approach to improving outcomes for gout sufferers

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

1/04/15 → …

Project: Research

Video Consultation Capability Project (HealthDirect)

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


Project: Research


Research Outputs 2004 2020

An experimental investigation of the impact of alert frequency and relevance on alert dwell time

Baysari, M. T., Zheng, W. Y., Tariq, A., Heywood, M., Scott, G., Li, L., Van Dort, B. A., Rathnayake, K., Day, R. & Westbrook, J. I., 1 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Medical Informatics. 133, p. 1-4 4 p., 104027.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

varespladib methyl

Effectiveness of interventions targeting antibiotic use in long-term aged care facilities: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Raban, M., Gasparini, C., Li, L., Baysari, M. & Westbrook, J., 2020, In : BMJ Open. 10, 1, p. 1-13 13 p., e028494.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Long-Term Care
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Control Groups
Information Storage and Retrieval

Using the WHO International Classification of patient safety framework to identify incident characteristics and contributing factors for medical or surgical complication deaths

Mitchell, R., Faris, M., Lystad, R., Fajardo Pulido, D., Norton, G., Baysari, M., Clay-Williams, R., Hibbert, P., Carson-Stevens, A. & Hughes, C., 1 Jan 2020, In : Applied Ergonomics. 82, 8 p., 102920.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Patient Safety

Are patients with a nasally placed feeding tube at risk of potential drug-drug interactions? A multicentre cross-sectional study

Gimenes, F. R. E., Baysari, M., Walter, S., Moreira, L. A., de Carvalho, R. E. F. L., Miasso, A. I., Faleiros, F. & Westbrook, J., 1 Jan 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 7, p. 1-14 14 p., e0220248.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Drug interactions
drug interactions
tube feeding
Enteral Nutrition
Drug Interactions

Culture eats implementation for lunch: chronic care model

Baysari, M. (ed.), 1 Jan 2019, HIT or miss: lessons learned from Health Information Technology projects. Leviss, J. (ed.). Third ed. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor and Francis, p. 115-117 3 p. (HIMSS Book Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Patient Care
Point-of-Care Systems
Electronic Health Records


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