Dr Tanisha Jowsey

BA (first class honours) MA PhD


Tanisha is a Pakeha New Zealander from North Canterbury. She has many years of research experience in public health and medicine. Tanisha completed her PhD on how people experience time and health. She has worked with vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, including Indigenous Australians, migrants, and people with dementia, heart failure and other chronic illnesses. She has used multiple qualitative, quantitative, and arts-based methods in her research. In research, Tanisha is interested in connecting robust health research methods with research outputs that can engage wide audiences, such as through fine arts, arts-engaged creative enquiry, humanities and performing arts. She teaches in clinical education and medical humanities. Tanisha's teaching philosophy is to engage and support learners, which she promotes by creating an atmosphere of fun.


2019 - Flinders ANZAHPE Teaching Award for Innovation, ANZAHPE Canberra Australia

2017 - Invited Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, Australian National University

2016 - Invited Visiting Scholar, Harbin Medical University, China

2016 - Invited Adjunct Research Fellow to the Health Services Research Department, Australian National University

2015 - Invited Adjunct Research Fellow to the Health Services Research Department, Australian National University

2012 - ‘Closing the Gap in Aboriginal Health through excellence in research, evaluation and building evidence’ Award, New South Wales Health, Australia. Awarded to the Serious and Continuing Illness Policy and Practice Study

2011 - Invited Visiting Scholar, Department of Primary Health Care, Oxford University, Oxford

Research | Current

2017-2020: Speaking up in New Zealand operating theatres

Teaching | Current

Tanisha currently teaches on these courses:

Postgraduate Clinical Education

CLINED 718 Teaching Professionalism

CLINED 712 Curriculum Development

CLINED 705 Simulation

CLINED 706 Interprofessional Learning, Teamwork and Patient Safety (course coordinator)

Undergraduate Clinical Education

UIPC WEEK (formerly WARDSIM) - clinical simulation training (year 5 medical, year 4 pharmacy, year 3 paramedicine, and year 3 nursing students).

HEALTH & WELLBEING : coping with patient death and grief (year 4 medical students)

MBChB 311 - MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (year 3 medical students) (course coordinator)

Postgraduate supervision

Tanisha is willing to contribute to the supervision of postgraduate students in medical education, anthropology and public health, as well as in arts and humanities (such as those involving theatre, applied theatre, fine arts, street performance art, arts in medicine, social theory and art, storytelling and poetry). She is an experienced examiner of postgraduate theses in these fields.

Tanisha is currently supervising these students:

  • Penny Lin (PhD), University of Auckland. (with Toni Bruce)
  • Neil Price, (PhD), University of Auckland. (with Jennifer Weller)
  • Manisa Ghani (MClinEd), University of Auckland. (with Pauline Cooper-Ioelu)
  • Kathleen McCrory (MClinEd), University of Auckland. (with Yan Chen)


Tanisha has supervised these completed students:

  • 2019 Rachel Care, (MClinEd), University of Auckland.
  • 2018 Julia Brown, (PhD), Australian National University.
  • 2018 Ali Ali Mansour, (PhD), University of Auckland. 
  • 2016 Gail Foster, (MClinEd), University of Auckland. 
  • 2016 Linda Jackson, (MClinEd), University of Auckland. 
  • 2015 Carley Jones, (MClinEd), University of Auckland. 

Areas of expertise

  • Communication in clinical settings
  • Anthropology
  • Chronic illness
  • Health policy in Australia and New Zealand
  • Anthropology of time
  • Primary health care
  • Patient and informal carer experience
  • Sociology
  • Qualitative methodologies and methods
  • Visual anthropology: photography, animation, comic, film
  • Improvisational drama and applied (critical) theatre
  • Fine arts: sculture, painting, photography, animation, comic, film

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Board of Studies Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Lee, J., Kim, H., Kim, K. H., Jung, D., Jowsey, T., & Webster, C. S. (2020). Effective virtual patient simulators for medical communication training: A systematic review. Medical education, 54 (9), 786-795. 10.1111/medu.14152
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Craig Webster
  • Jowsey, T., Petersen, L., Mysko, C., Cooper-Ioelu, P., Herbst, P., Webster, C. S., ... Lin, M.-J. P. (2020). Performativity, identity formation and professionalism: Ethnographic research to explore student experiences of clinical simulation training. PLoS One, 15 (7).10.1371/journal.pone.0236085
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lynne Petersen, Pauline Cooper-Ioelu, Pauline Herbst, Dianne Marshall, Craig Webster, Andy Wearn, Jane Torrie, Jennifer Weller
  • Long, J., Jowsey, T., Garden, A., Henderson, K., & Weller, J. (2020). The flip side of speaking up: a new model to facilitate positive responses to speaking up in the operating theatre. British Journal of Anaesthesia10.1016/j.bja.2020.08.025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Weller, Jennifer Long
  • Jowsey, T., Weller, J. M., & Woodward-Kron, R. (2020). Caught on film: identity formation and interprofessional insight using ethnographic film. BMJ SIMULATION & TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING, 6 (1), 1-2. 10.1136/bmjstel-2018-000407
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Weller
  • Jowsey, T. (2019). Three zones of cultural competency: surface competency, bias twilight, and the confronting midnight zone. BMC medical education, 19 (1)10.1186/s12909-019-1746-0
  • Jowsey, T. (2018). Place and space inform medical professionalism. Medical education, 52 (10), 996-997. 10.1111/medu.13690
  • Jowsey, T. (28/9/2018). Prepared to care [documentary film], Premiere at University of Auckland, Grafton. Related URL.
  • Jowsey, T., Yu, T.-C. W., Ganeshanantham, G., Torrie, J., Merry, A. F., Bagg, W., ... Weller, J. (2018). Ward calls not so scary for medical students after interprofessional simulation course: a mixed-methods cohort evaluation study. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 4 (3), 133-140. 10.1136/bmjstel-2017-000257
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Warwick Bagg, Jane Torrie, Alan Merry, Kira Bacal, Jennifer Weller


Contact details

Office hours

9.00am - 5.00pm Monday-Friday

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 2, Room 2024
New Zealand

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