Dr Blackham is a Senior Lecturer within The University of Western Australia and trainer and facilitator for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. In this role she works collaboratively in course development at CTEC.
She has completed a Master of Surgery thesis studying the effect of age and fatigue upon simulated laparoscopic surgical skills. She is also the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship focusing her topic upon the role of simulation in teaching surgical skills to health professionals involving travel to the UK, Canada and Singapore.
In addition to her clinical workload she has previously represented doctors as the Chair of the AMA Doctors in Training Committee, Chair of the PMCWA Junior Medical Officers committee, elected as national General Surgical representative to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trainee’s Association and General Surgeons Australia.
Dr Blackham’s research interests are:
• Laparoscopic surgery
• Performance in skill simulation
• Fertility and obesity
• Long-term nutritional management of bariatric patients