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Boundary Crossings as a Risk to Patient Health & Professional Longevity in Medicine

Identifying Training and Support Needs to Better Educate Medical Students and Doctors


A/Prof Lisa Lampe


A/Prof Lisa Lampe MB,BS (UWA), PhD (USyd), FRANZCP is the Lead Investigator​ in the study. She is an academic psychiatrist, and as a clinician herself appreciates the challenges of maintaining professional boundaries.


A/Prof Lampe has a research track record of project completion and high-quality research outputs from both funded and unfunded research.


She has a record of high-level leadership roles at undergraduate and postgraduate levels with a variety of educational and accrediting bodies. She is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter in her speciality clinical field of anxiety disorders and was the RANZCP Victorian Branch Travelling Scholar in 2019.

Her clinical and medical education background prompted an interest in professional wellbeing and she has delivered teaching in professional self-care to medical students as well as being a member of the Executive Review Group of the Student Support for Professional Practice program in the medical program at the Universities of Newcastle (UON) and New England (UNE). These areas of interest led naturally to seeking to understand the interface with professional stress and burnout.

National and international recognition of her scholarship of medical education, including expertise in assessment and curriculum development, is evidenced by publications and invited roles as:

  • Program/Course reviewer

    • Fiji National University Postgraduate Diploma of Mental Health

    • The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland examination changes

    • RANZCP assessment framework

    • Australian Medical Council specialist college accreditation review

  • Course developer

    • Competency-Based Fellowship Program in Psychiatry (RANZCP, 2012)

  • Official observer

    • Faculty of Pain Management, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists new examinations format examinations


  • Member of the Higher Education Academic Board, Health Education and Training Institute (HETI), NSW

  • Member of the External Panel of Medical Experts, Australian Council for Education Research (ACER)

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High level leadership roles have included;

  • Deputy Head, School of Medicine and Public Health, UON

  • Program Convenor, Joint Medical Program (JMP) of the Universities of Newcastle and New England

  • Chair, Committee for Examinations, RANZCP

  • Chair, Network Governance Committee, HNELHD Education and Training in Psychiatry

  • Discipline Lead, Psychiatry, UON

  • Coordinator of psychiatry training, USyd

  • Staff Specialist (Academic) within HNELHD (teaching, research support, and clinical responsibilities)

  • Director, Evesham Clinic Anxiety Disorders program

  • Scientific Program Convenor, RANZCP Annual Congress 2019

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Trent Hammond

BSc | PhD candidate

Mr Hammond has experience in coordinating and conducting research projects, and the development and delivery of educational program. He has published articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, and has presented research findings at several international conferences.

His research experience includes the following:

  • Honorary Research Fellow, USYD.

  • Researcher/Research Coordinator, Western Sydney LHD, Nepean and Blue Mountains LHD, Western Sydney University (WSU), and the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).

  • PhD candidate in Medicine (Psychiatry) at the USYD.

  • Conduct of research studies, in mental health (e.g., social anxiety, suicide and deliberate self-harm prevention (a randomised controlled-trial), clinician burnout, and e-health; all studies have the end-goal of reducing harm and improving safety.

  • Experience in mixed-methods research (creating and conducting online surveys and interviews, descriptive and inferential data analysis, thematic analysis) and literature reviews.


Experience in leading educational initiatives includes:

  • Delivery and evaluation of preventative child abuse educational programs for the Child Abuse Prevention Service. Evaluation showed that these programs were effective in increasing childrens', educators', and carers' knowledge and skills in identifying and reporting instances of child abuse and neglect.

  • Design of curricula and course materials for several psychology and social science courses offered at WSU. Student feedback indicated marked improvements in student satisfaction with course materials and improved marks and a reduction in student dropout and 'fail non-submit' rates were also observed.


Mr Hammond's experience in working with health professionals and students, his understanding of mental health, his training in project management, and his high quality research experience will ensure that the proposed project will be successful and will deliver outcomes that improve safety, quality, and professionalism. 

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Mr Hammond is a member of several relevant professional groups and associations, including:

  • Academic Board Member, USYD Academic Board and Faculty of Medicine and Health Board

  • Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria (ADAVIC)

  • Australian and New Zealand Mental Health (ANZMH) Association

  • ACT The App Association

  • Digital Health and Informatics Network (DHIN) (Steering and Scientific Review Committee Member)

  • Society for Mental Health Research.

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Jeannie Park

BA | 

Jeannie Park is a final year medical student studying at the University of Newcastle completing her Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine. 


As part of the MD program, Jeannie participated in a research project investigating ‘Medical students’ attitudes and awareness regarding boundary issues'.


A pertinent finding was identifying the opportunity for boundary education to support medical students in the transition from theory into clinical practice.


Jeannie has a personal interest in education, having worked many years as a tutor in primary/secondary education and also with children with disabilities.


She is therefore really excited to be involved in a project that may develop boundary crossing education for medical students and practitioners.


  • Member of Wake Up! Subcommittee (2018)

  • Sponsorship Officer of University of Newcastle Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society (2018)

  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate (2018)

  • University of Newcastle Medical Society Publications Officer (2021)


Education & Qualifications 


  • Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine University of Newcastle | 2018 – present

  • Bachelor of Medical Science University of New South Wales | 2016 – 2017

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Rita Hitching

MSc | BSc | PhD candidate

Ms Rita Hitching has a Masters in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire, and is  completing her PhD in Medicine (Psychiatry) at the University of Newcastle.


She's a clinical trial specialist with experience working in US, UK, and Australia.  Her skills include grant submission, protocol design, and regulatory compliance. She is able to design and build ethics compliant research infrastructure for study management, tracking, and reporting, including databases and websites.

She has substantial experience at participant recruitment able to develop tailored marketing materials to maximize exposure and awareness of a study, including the development of press releases, social media campaigns, videos, study brochures, flyers, and product disclosure documents.


She's an editor and writer in the area of psychiatric disorders neuroscience, and mental health. She regularly contributes to newspaper and magazine articles. In addition she's an experienced educator,  mentor, supervisor, and manager.

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