Ashfaq Chauhan, PhD, MIPH, MHM, BPhysio

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Macquarie University

Ashfaq Chauhan, PhD, MIPH, MHM, BPhysio is postdoctoral research fellow working in the Centre for Healthcare Systems and Safety Research within the Australian Institute of Health Innovation based at Macquarie University. He coordinates the Healthcare Engagement and Workplace Behaviour stream at the institute. Dr. Chauhan is a physiotherapist by background with over 12 years of clinical experience and has also completed training in public health and health management. Dr. Chauhan’s doctoral program of work aimed at characterising and enhancing patient safety for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLAD) communities accessing cancer services.
He is a mixed-method researcher with expertise in co-design and uses these approaches to understand and develop strategies to address systemic issues impacting patient safety for patients from CALD backgrounds accessing cancer care in Australia. His research is the first in Australia to establish the rate and nature of patient safety events experienced by patients from CALD backgrounds using cancer services. Dr. Chauhan’s research, with health agency partners state- and nation-wide, explores patient safety, change implementation and management, change readiness and commitment amongst healthcare staff, engagement in healthcare for priority population groups, and the implementation of co-designed change in healthcare.
He was the recipient of Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship and Macquarie University Excellence in Research Training Scholarship. He also regularly contributes as a sessional academic staff in the delivery of Master of Health Leadership and Management program at the University of New South Wales.