WOMBAT - Work Observation Method by Activity Timing

Project members - Macquarie University

Professor Johanna Westbrook

Professor and Director

Dr Mirela Prgomet

Research Fellow

Dr Judith Thomas

Research Assistant

Project main description

What is WOMBAT?

The Work Observation Method by Activity Timing (WOMBAT) technique was developed by the Centre to undertake direct observational studies of health professionals using a handheld computer tool, allowing observers to capture multi-dimensional aspects of work and communication patterns.  WOMBAT automatically captures all time data related to tasks, as well as detailing interruptions to work and multi-tasking. The WOMBAT technique has now been applied by several international research teams and was most recently validated in a collaborative study conducted in Canada.

Further information

Further information on WOMBAT can be found on the following pages:

Project sponsors

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Related projects

Work and communication patterns

Project status


Centres related to this project

Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research

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