Professor Sandra Carr, Head of the Health Professions Education division at UWA, recently won an award for ‘Excellence in Teaching: Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning’. At the awards evening, it was announced that Sandra has also been nominated by the University for a ‘Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning’ with the 2018 Australian Awards for University Teaching. The Citation is for sustained innovation and leadership in developing opportunities for health professionals to become more effective teachers and to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Professor Sandra Carr’s career goal has been to lead and transform education in the health professions so as to ensure the highest quality of graduate health professionals possible for our community. Sandra says, “I believe the best way to achieve this is by developing the skills of health professionals as teachers and educators and to facilitate scholarship into teaching and learning. “
Throughout her 20 plus years at UWA, Sandra has contributed to improving the quality of teaching and learning experiences in a number of ways; firstly as a unit coordinator in the award winning School of Women’s and Infants’ Health, subsequently as the Senior Lecturer in Medical Education/Curriculum Development in the undergraduate medical program where she led initiatives around Programme Evaluation and Outcomes Based Education, developed the first Procedural Skills Training Program and contributed to the redesign of the medical course iteratively over twelve years. This was followed by seven years as the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning where she focused on bringing together teachers from across the Faculty through projects focused on important topics such as Giving Effective Feedback, Interprofessional Learning, Assessment of Professional Behaviour, Peer Assisted Learning and Workplace Based Learning. See her Sandra's research profile for publications.
This award has been made in recognition of Sandra’s work in the area of developing Health Professionals as Educators. Sandra established the suite of postgraduate courses in Health Professions Education in 2010; expanded the influence of these courses through the creation of short intensive courses in clinical teaching and supervision for local, national and international participants in 2012 and in 2014 commenced the Scholarly Activity in Medical Education where MD students complete units in health professions education as part of their degree.
Sandra is the inaugural Head of the Division of Health Professions Education in the School of Allied Health and when asked to sum up her contribution said, “Establishing the postgraduate courses in health professions education only goes part of the way to achieving my aims for education of health professionals. I have tried to utilise my position in the Faculty to develop and implement projects that have been inclusive of others interested in teaching and learning and education research. For me fostering a community of practice around research into health professions education is pivotal for offering mentorship and support to develop the next generation of educators."