Ashfaq Chauhan, mentee in the 2020-21 program in NSW (UNSW).

I am a second-year PhD student at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales (UNSW) working on improving patient safety for the priority cancer population. I am a physiotherapist by background and completed my Masters in Health Management and Masters in International Public Health from UNSW in 2016. Having a particular interest in improving patient safety I enrolled in PhD in 2019.

My PhD “Consumer engagement for safety amongst culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) cancer consumers” focuses on improving engagement and participation of CALD consumers in their care. Patient safety is a critical issue in cancer care and CALD consumers may suffer increased harm due to various factors. Patient engagement practices are a valuable approach to enhance patient safety. Whilst many engagement strategies are proposed, their application among CALD population is not well understood. My PhD aims to develop patient engagement strategies for CALD patients accessing cancer services to enhance patient safety.

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