Sarah White, SFHEA

Dr, PhD, BA (Hons)

  • 69 Citations
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Personal profile


My goal is to enhance clinical care through improved communication between clinicians and consumers. To achieve this, I work to integrate clinical communication teaching and research, using up-to-date teaching methods, conducting research on teaching clinical communication, and using research to create data-driven teaching materials.

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. In my research, I use conversation analysis to investigate clinical communication and, to date, have focussed primarily on surgeon-patient consultations. This work led me to co-edit a book title Communication in Surgical Practice with Prof John Cartmill, published in 2016. I am in the early stages of several new and exciting projects. To support research sustainability, when participants give consent, video recordings used in this research are also added to a growing library of clinical interactions that are used for teaching and research.

I lead the professional practice series of units in the Bachelor of Clinical Science, which focus on developing students interested in careers in health care develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills across topics such as communication, teamwork, ethics, and health systems. My face-to-face teaching includes incorporation of Conversation Analytic Roleplay Method, for which I am the only Australian affiliate.

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, Senior Fellow (SFHEA), Advance HE

Clinical communication, PhD, University of Otago

Linguistics, BA (Hons), The University of New South Wales

External positions

Deputy National Representative, International Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH)

2018 → …

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Research Outputs

Supporting effective clinical communication in Australia: government and industry priorities

White, S. J., Barangan, B. & Ho, M., 30 Mar 2020, Analysis and Policy Observatory. 11 p.

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A network model of activities in primary care consultations

Kocaballi, A., Coiera, E., Tong, H. L., White, S. J., Quiroz, J., Rezazadegan, F., Willcock, S. & Laranjo da Silva, L., 1 Oct 2019, In : Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA. 26, 10, p. 1074-1082 9 p., ocz046.

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    Consent in spinal surgery: a survey of practice

    Li Ching Ng, A., McRobb, L., White, S. J., Cyna, A., Seex, K. & Cartmill, J., 8 Nov 2019. 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Consent in spinal surgery: a survey of practice

    Li Ching Ng, A., White, S. J., McRobb, L., Cyna, A. M., Seex, K. & Cartmill, J., 25 Oct 2019. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Conversation analysis: an introduction to methodology, data collection, and analysis

    White, S. J., 2019, Handbook of research methods in health social sciences. Liamputtong, P. (ed.). Singapore: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 471-490 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

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    Summer Institute for Advanced Conversation Analysis

    Sarah White (Participant)
    26 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Conversation Analytic Roleplay Method Workshop

    Sarah White (Organiser)
    18 Apr 201620 Apr 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...