Associate Professor Tanisha Jowsey

BA (hons1), MA, PhD
Visiting Fellow
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: +612 6125 7599

Areas of expertise

  • Anthropology 1601
  • Primary Health Care 111717
  • Health And Community Services 111708
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Sociology 1608
  • Higher Education 130103
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy 1302
  • Creative Arts, Media And Communication Curriculum And Pedagogy 130201
  • Medicine, Nursing And Health Curriculum And Pedagogy 130209

Research interests

Tanisha's research interests are:
  • clinical simulation training
  • applied anthropology
  • time theory and time use
  • health promotion
  • patient and carer (consumer) experiences
  • multi-morbidity
  • phenomenology and embodiment
  • health equity
  • chronic and terminal disease
  • health service system improvement
  • public health policy
  • qualitative research methodology
  • discourse, narrative, and content analysis
  • photo elicitation
  • anthropology of space and memory
  • visual anthropology


Tanisha is a Pakeha New Zealander from the Kowai River, North Canterbury. She undertook a Bachelor of Arts (double major in anthropology and classical studies), BA hons and Master of Arts at the University of Canterbury. Under the supervision of Dr Simone Dennis, Tanisha then completed a PhD in medical anthropology at the Australian National University.

Tanisha has many years of research experience in public health. She has worked with vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, including Indigenous Australians, migrants, and people with dementia and other chronic illnesses. She has used multiple qualitative and quantitative methods in her research. Tanisha is interested in undertaking quality research and using anthropological insights to increase understanding on health matters.

Tanisha is a lecturer in medical education at the University of Auckland.

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Researcher's projects

Presently Tanisha is a lecturer in medical education at the University of Auckland and Visiting Research Fellow at ANU. Research projects that Tanisha is involved in concern learning opportunities for staff on general medical wards, team communication and use of the surgical safety checklist during surgery, surgical team cultures, simulation training, use of the mni-

CEX in anaesthesia, care coordination and integration in Australian superclinics, and visual anthropology of health. 

Prior to her work in medical education Tanisha worked on the Serious and Continuing Illness Policy and Practice Study until its completion in 2011. After this she worked on a national time-use and care coordination survey while undertaking her PhD research, wich concerns people's relationship to time and how this is informed by chronic illness.

Current student projects

Tanisha is willing to contribute to the supervision of postgraduate students in medical anthropology, medical education and public health research fields.

Tanisha is currently on the supervisory panel of

  • Julia Brown, School of Archeology and Anthropology, ANU
  • Linda Jackson, Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education, University of Auckland
  • Gail Foster, Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education, University of Auckland
  • Rachel Care, Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education, University of Auckland.

Tanisha is an advisor to

  • Penny Lin, University of Auckland
  • Leny Woolsey, University of Auckland



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