Associate Professor Craig Stephen Webster

BSc Psyc, MSc (1st class Hons) Neuropsyc, PhD Anaesthesiology (Human Factors)


I have extensive experience in clinical and human factors research projects, including work on the cognitive ergonomic evaluation of medical equipment, teamwork functioning, patient safety, compliance with safety initiatives and the better understanding of the patient experience. I am also interested in the psychological, theoretical and practical aspects of the way people and technology interact in complex systems and organisations, and the effects such interaction has on safety.

Research | Current

Webster CS. Safety lessons for health care from other complex socio-technical industries

Webster CS, Henning M, Wearn A, Weller J, REID R. Communication in the hospital ward – a patient-stay diary study

Webster CS, Weller JM, Barrow M, Torrie J, Moharib M, Bagg W. Interprofessional Education (IPE) during Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training

Weller JM, Merry AF, Civil I, Windsor J, Gargen S, Robinson B, Torrie J, Webster CS, Henderson K, Guthrie W. Multi-disciplinary simulation training in the management of the surgical patient

Merry AF, Weller J, Robinson BJ, Webster CS. Validating Anaesthesia Simulation-based Error Research (the VASER study)

Webster, CS. Safety, complexity and useability

Teaching | Current

ClinEd 705 – Simulation and clinical skills teaching

ClinEd 714 – Research methods in education

ClinEd 706 - Interprofessional learning, teamwork and patient safety

ClinEd 712 – Curriculum and course design

ClinEd 710 – Special studies

POPHLTH 701 - Research methods in health

MED 700 - Designing safer systems

Postgraduate supervision


2010 –Derryn Gargiulo, Quantifying the microbiological contamination of drugs administered for anaesthesia in the operating theatre

2011 – Adva Hayam-Jonas, The causal impact of student engagement on academic achievements

2012 – Ivana Nakarada-Kordic, Implicit coordination, team mental models and team performance in multidisciplinary operating theatre teams

2012 – Nishanthi Gurusinghe, The impact of simulated intra-operative stress on non-technical skills in operating room staff

2013 – Reena Patel, Nurse concern as an alert to patient danger in the absence of an emergency activation score

2017 – Antonia Verstappen, Cultivating a primary care medical workforce for New Zealand: lessons from a longitudinal tracking project


2014 – Judy Ormandy, Breaking down the barriers to Midwife and Medical Student encounters in the delivery suite

2014 – John Henley, The value of the apprenticeship model in medical education

2016 - Liyan Huang, Understanding possible differences in cognitive load in anaesthetists using two models of anaesthetic machine

2016 - Tracey Barnes, Do New Zealand Undergraduate Medical Students and First Year Doctors feel prepared for the transition to become leaders of clinical teams?


2001 Fellowship with the Health Research Council of New Zealand (3 years)

Areas of expertise

Human factors

Interprofessional performance

Safe systems design

System failure

Complex work environments

Human-machine interaction

Psychology of error

Error tolerant systems

Patient experience


Committees/Professional groups/Services

2011-2015 – Faculty Staffing Committee member, FMHS

2010 onwards – Governance Board member, Healthcare Career Pathways Project (formerly the Faculty Tracking Project), FMHS

2013 onwards – Scientific Committee member, Healthcare Career Pathyways Project (formerly Faculty Tracking Project), FMHS

2017 - Chair, Faculty Interprofessional Education Subcommittee, FMHS

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Bowdle, T. A., Jelacic, S., Nair, B., Togashi, K., Caine, K., Bussey, L., ... Webster, C. S. (2018). Facilitated self-reported anaesthetic medication errors before and after implementation of a safety bundle and barcode-based safety system. British journal of anaesthesia, 121 (6), 1338-1345. 10.1016/j.bja.2018.09.004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alan Merry
  • Webster, C. S., Hallett, C., Torrie, J., Verstappen, A., Barrow, M., Moharib, M. M., & Weller, J. M. (2018). Advanced cardiac life support training in interprofessional teams of undergraduate nursing and medical students using mannequin-based simulation. Medical Science Educator, 28 (1), 155-163. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Antonia Verstappen, Jane Torrie, Mark Barrow, Magdi Moharib, Jennifer Weller
  • Webster, C. S. (2017). Checklists, cognitive aids, and the future of patient safety. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 119 (2), 178-181.
  • Gargiulo, D. A., Mitchell, S. J., Sheridan, J., Short, T. G., Swift, S., Torrie, J., ... Merry, A. F. (2016). Microbiological contamination of drugs during their administration for anesthesia in the operating room. Anesthesiology, 124 (4), 785-794. 10.1097/ALN.0000000000001041
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Derryn Gargiulo, Janie Sheridan, Jane Torrie, Alan Merry, Simon Swift, Simon Mitchell
  • Webster, C. S., Mason, K. P., & Shafer, S. L. (2016). Threats to safety during sedation outside of the operating room and the death of Michael Jackson. Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology, 29 (Suppl 1), S36-S47. 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000318
  • Webster, C. S., Andersson, E., Edwards, K., Merry, A. F., Torrie, J., & Weller, J. M. (2015). Deviation from accepted drug administration guidelines during anaesthesia in twenty highly realistic simulated cases. Anaesthesia and intensive care, 43 (6), 698-706.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jane Torrie, Jennifer Weller, Alan Merry
  • Webster, C. S., Anderson, B. J., Stabile, M. J., & Merry, A. F. (2015). Improving the safety of pediatric sedation? Human error, technology, and clinical microsystems. In K. P. Mason (Ed.) Pediatric sedation outside of the operating room: A multispecialty international collaboration (pp. 587-612). New York, USA: Springer. 10.1007/978-1-4939-1390-9_30
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brian Anderson, Alan Merry
  • Webster, C., Lu, L. M., & Henning, M. A. (2014). Using hospital-stay diaries to improve communication with patients. Medical Education, 48 (5), 533-534. 10.1111/medu.12437
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Marcus Henning


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 2, Room 2040
New Zealand

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