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  • (2010) Short, Alison; Jackson, Wanda; Nugus, Peter
    Journal Article
    Purpose: The proposed CoPER project (Community of Practice for Engaging in Research) responds to a need for increased research capacity in a clinical setting. We put forward an argument and a design for a prospective action research project to extend research capacity via an integrated academic and practitioner community of practice in an Emergency Department (ED). Procedures: This paper explores the research needs of clinicians, articulates the concept of community of practice in light of these needs, and outlines the rationale for considering communities of practice as a potential contributor to building research capacity in a clinical setting. Findings: A potential methodology is suggested to test the linkage between research needs, the concept of a community of practice model in a clinical setting, and the contribution of such a model to building research capacity in a clinical setting via the CoPER framework. Conclusions: Combined data from this proposed mixed method action research (survey, focus groups, interviews, observation) are expected to enable the production of a set of facilitators and enablers with a view to building a community of research practice which make the case study transferable to other clinical and non-clinical work settings.

  • (2010) King, Steve
    Conference Paper
    The paper was presented at a workshop for professionals involved in residential building approvals in NSW, Australia. Solar geometry and shadow casting are purely geometric exercises, which should be well within the competence of any practicing architect or building designer. Yet, perhaps because most Council officers are not trained in physical planning, and because most applicants do not produce convincing evidence of solar access compliance, it remains one of the most contentious areas of assessment. To set out the basis of understanding the controls, and effective ways of dealing with them, the paper repeats materials from earlier papers Daylight & Solar Access, NEERG Seminar of 31 August 2006, and from the seminar of 21 May 2009. In this paper, those discussions are extended to include observations about the evolving interpretation of the so-called Parsonage Principle, and to comment briefly on the impact of ‘complying development’ as defined in recent changes to the NSW planning regime.