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Research Biography

I am an applied linguist who researches how people use language to negotiate and shape information in professional and educational communication. I work with diverse partners as public hospitals, medical groups, universities, schools, and public organisations, to educate, review, and develop interventions which have a positive impact on their stakeholders. A strong corporate background of senior management roles in merchant banking, marketing, and management in Australia and Europe informs my academic work through a focus on applied research, transition management, and real-life applications in professional contexts.

In my current role, at the Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education, I am part of a highly skilled and enthusiastic group of researchers and educators committed to innovative and evidence-based teaching principles and practice, informed by the latest and best research in the field of health professional education. My responsibilities include teaching in the PG programs, consulting to special projects, and professional development, to ensure that we enable our students to become work-ready, confident professionals who will make a worthwhile contribution to their field.

My research outputs are articulated with my teaching, in Health and Medical Science (8), Education (3), and Social Sciences (3), with the common focus of improving communication for better professional, societal, and academic outcomes.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Managing the subjective: exploring dialogistic positioning in undergraduate essays, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 12 Dec 2011

Master of Arts, The representation of the Australian way of medicine in International Medical Graduates’ exam preparation, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 12 Dec 2006

Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 12 Dec 1985

External positions

Expert Panel Member, ESL, South Australian Certificate of Education Board

2011 → …

Tertiary Advisor and Examination Vetter, ESL, South Australian Certificate of Education Board

2010 → …

Board of Directors, Soundstream New Music

2009 → …

Supervisory Interests

  • Teaching, clinical communication
  • Applied linguistics
  • Education, clinical
  • Online education
  • Online learning
  • Education, teaching and learning in higher


  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Professional communication
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Language and Literacy
  • LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
  • health professionals
  • Indigenous Health and Wellbeing
  • Academic Development
  • Assessment


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