Projects per year
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
Linguistics, BA (Hons), University of New South Wales
Clinical communication, PhD, University of Otago
Co-Head of Curriculum, School of Medicine Sydney, University of Notre Dame Australia25 Mar 2014 → 20 Nov 2015
1/01/18 → 31/12/18
1/07/13 → 31/12/14
1/07/13 → 31/12/14
Research Output per year
Research output: Research - peer-review › Poster
Research output: Research › Edited Book/Anthology
Research output: Research - peer-review › Chapter
Learning in a connected world: where employability agenda meets the principles of enactivism and connectivismVlachopoulos, P., Harris, H. & White, S. 2016 Work Integrated Learning 2020: pushing the boundaries : ACEN 2016 Conference Proceedings. Springvale South, VIC: Australian Collaborative Education Network, p. 168-168 1 p.
Research output: Research › Other chapter contribution