Exploring the relationship between psychological safety in the workplace and in simulation based educational sessions for emergency department doctors and nurses

Grant ID: EMJS-364R34-2020-BRAZIL

Project Summary

Emergency department teams need to perform urgent and high stakes patient care. This requires individual expertise and effective teamwork underpinned by trust, respect and shared values.

Psychological safety is a “shared belief held by members of a team that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking”. The factors affecting the development of psychological safety in emergency department teams are not well understood and we aim to explore this within the emergency departments at Gold Coast Health.

Learning more about how to develop psychological safety in teams will inform team training strategies, including but not limited to simulation-based training, and subsequently better care for patients presenting to emergency departments where high performing teams are critical.



- Purdy, E., Borchert, L., El-Bitar, A., Isaacson, W., Bills, L. and Brazil, V., 2022. Taking simulation out of its “safe container”—exploring the bidirectional impacts of psychological safety and simulation in an emergency department. Advances in Simulation, 7(1), pp.1-9.


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Principal Investigator:
Dr Victoria Brazil

Co Investigators:
Dr Eve Purdy
Dr Warwick Isaacson
Ms Lucy Bills

Associate Investigators:
Ms Laura Borchet
Mr Anthony El-Bitar


Collaborating Institutions


  • Advances in Simulation: Lifting the lid on the ‘safe container’ of healthcare simulation . Simulcast podcast. Brazil V and Purdy E

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