Sarah White


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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

External positions

Co-Head of Curriculum, School of Medicine Sydney, University of Notre Dame Australia

25 Mar 201420 Nov 2015

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Projects 2012 2018

Research Output 2008 2018

A survey of CA craft skills

White, S. J. 2018

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

Pain talk in GP consultations

White, S. 26 Oct 2018 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

The effect of pain on interaction in consultation settings

White, S. 12 Jul 2018 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Referral and Consultation

Transitioning to a model-based communication curriculum: a review of models

White, S., Saad, S. & Quilty, M. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Communication in surgical practice

White, S. J. (ed.) & Cartmill, J. A. (ed.) 2016 Sheffield: Equinox. 401 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/Anthology


Activities 2016 2017

  • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Summer Institute for Advanced Conversation Analysis

White, S. (Participant)
26 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Conversation Analytic Roleplay Method Workshop

White, S. (Organiser)
18 Apr 201620 Apr 2016

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...