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Professor Taryn Jones is a Teaching & Leadership Academic at the level of Professor in the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) within the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). As PVCE she provides leadership in the development and implementation of strategies and programs to support the University’s education mission, including those that drive educational excellence, student success, graduate outcomes, and also oversees the Macquarie University College. Prior to this position she held educational leadership roles within the Faculty Medicine, Health & Human Sciences including Associate Dean, Graduate Health Education and Director, Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT). She successfully led the re-accreditation process for the MQ DPT in 2019.

Taryn is recognised as an educational leader within Macquarie University, with extensive expertise in course-based design and in educational regulatory requirements and standards, understanding both the requirements for academic excellence and good governance as well as working effectively and efficiently within the various university systems and operational models. Most notably she led the development and implementation of the Curriculum Lifecycle Framework which has transformed Macquarie University’s approach to curriculum QAE&I. She has won numerous awards for her teaching excellence and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Taryn has been a registered physiotherapist for over 20 years. Prior to her academic career she held senior clinician roles within NSW Health as well as within the private sector. Within the profession she is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and served as a member of the Council of Physiotherapy Deans of Australia and New Zealand (CPDANZ) from 2017 to 2022, working collaboratively with other members to raise the quality of the profession. I have been a member of the Fellowship Programs Standing Committee of the Australian College of Physiotherapists from 2020-2023 and is currently contributing to the development of the new Specialist Training Pathway, consulted for her expertise in education, assessment and leadership.

Taryn's research currently focuses on education as well as professional issues for physiotherapists and other health professionals, with her earlier work covering chronic disease prevention and management, physical activity, and support for behaviour change and self-management. Recently she has been successful in leading a grant focused on enhancing the participation of females from equity groups in higher education in STEM fields. She has numerous peer reviewed publications and commissioned corporate reports, partnering with industry to enhance physiotherapy practice and education. 


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