The Empathy Initiative
Transforming Healthcare Education & Practice



A virtual empathy museum: A unique approach to improving healthcare graduates’ empathy skills

Nominee for Best Conference Poster: Levett-Jones, T., Pich, J., Govind, N., Dean, S. Jakimowicz, S. Orr, F., Kelly, A., Kelly, M. Maguire, J. & Sinclair, L. (2019). A Virtual Empathy Museum: A unique approach for improving healthcare graduates’ empathy skills International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato, Italy.


Cultural empathy in physiotherapy students: A pre-test post-test utilising virtual simulation

This study explored cultural empathy through Davis’ (2006) ‘Model of Empathy-Related Constructs’ which recognises two key empathic outcomes – intrapersonal and interpersonal. Awarded Best Poster in Allied Health: Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP) Research Symposium poster competition.


Inaugural Empathy Symposium by The Empathy Initiative

On December,7, 2018 we hosted the inaugural Empathy Symposium at UTS. This video shows key highlights from the event. 

Virtual Empathy Museum Infographic

This infographic presents the concept of empathy as a continuum comprised of three stages and nine specific attributes and abilities. It also highlights the relationship between empathy and patient outcomes and presents the key elements of the Virtual Empathy Museum.


Transformational Empathy Journeys from Classrooms to Villages in India

Transformational Empathy Journeys draws together a program of embedding empathy learning into university experience, both at home and abroad. Read more about this work here. This poster was presented by Nathan Wiltshire at the European Association of International Education (EAIE) conference; Geneva, Switzerland. September, 12th 2019.

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The implementation and evaluation of an innovative and immersive disability empathy simulation

This presentation profiled the results from a study that explored the impact of a disability simulation on nursing students’ empathy scores and satisfaction with the simulation experience. Presented at The International Clinical Skills Conference: Prato, Italy. May 23, 2017

From culture shock to cultural empathy to cultural competence: An innovative 3D immersive simulation experience

This presentation profiled the results from a study that explored the impact of an immersive 3D cultural on nursing students’ cultural empathy, attitudes and behavioural intentions in relation to cultural competence and satisfaction with the cultural simulation.Presented at SIMGHOSTS 2016 Symposium: Melbourne, Australia. July 5, 2016

Empathy … What we thought we knew and why it matters.

This presentation explored the meaning of empathy, the relationship between empathy and patient outcomes, and the mandate for teaching empathy skills. Presented at the Australasian Nurse Educator Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand. September 29, 2017

Compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue in Australian intensive care units