Dr Helen Wozniak

Academic Status

Flinders Northern Territory

place Centre for Remote Health, Alice Springs (2.03)
GPO Box 362, Charles Darwin University, NT 0815

Helen Wozniak is an Academic Adjunct with Flinders University in the Northern Territory. My career began as an orthoptist in rural NSW, then later as student supervisor at a large teaching hospital in Sydney under the guidance of the late Prof Fred Hollows. In 1990 I joined the University of Sydney to undertake curriculum reform for the orthoptics degree and lecturing in ophthalmology where I was awarded two university teaching awards. I then moved to project management of e-learning projects and to clinical skills curriculum development in the Faculty of Medicine. In 2008 I left Sydney moving to the Northern Territory to lead the Academic Development Team at Charles Darwin University before taking up the role as Academic Director (e-Learning, Evaluation & Research) with FlindersNT in 2011. In mid-2017 I left Flinders University to take up a role in the Office of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland. I have a particular interest in actively engaging health science students across dispersed learning spaces, the development of collaborative learning communities and creating new models of peer review for clinical supervisors. I am continuing my association with FlindersNT through my work on the development of webinars for clinical supervisors and researching the Indigenous Entry Pathway to the Northern Territory Medical Program. 


Doctor of Philosophy, School of Health, Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment, Charles Darwin University. Thesis title: Get Ready, Get Learning: Investigating university students' transition to online distance learning in the health sciences
Master of Health Science Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney
Diploma of Applied Science (Orthoptics), Cumberland College of Health Sciences

Honours, awards and grants

2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: FlindersNT Team award
2017 Pro Vice Chancellor's Prize for most outstanding Doctor of Philosophy Thesis, Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment, Charles Darwin University
2016 Flinders University Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award
2004 University of Sydney, Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching
2003 Faculty of Health Sciences J.O. Miller Award for Teaching Excellence
1984 Emmie Russell Prize for the best research paper presented by a graduate of less than 5 years
1983 Orthoptic Association of Australia Prize for the best graduating Orthoptic student

Grants: (most recent)
2017 Flinders University Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant: Faculty development by distance, extending the research of clinical supervision training to impact student learning in the workplace
2014 GNARTN: Workbased peer review of clinical supervision practice
2014, 2013 & 2012 NT Government Tier 2 Grant: Development & delivery of clinical supervision workshops
2013 Flinders University Faculty of Health Sciences Executive Dean Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant
2010 World Bank project AUQA & Ministry of Education,Timor Leste: Approaches to enhancing quality in tertiary teaching and learning
2009 CDU Research Grant: How external (distance) nursing students manage learning during clinical placement

Teaching interests
Online and mobile learning
Learning design and educational development
Collaborative learning spaces
Experiential learning
Clinical learning and supervision
Vision sciences
Supervisory interests
Blended learning
Education, computers in
Education, medical student
Education, teaching and learning in higher
Evaluation research
Medical student rural workforce
Mobile technologies
Teaching and learning
Workplace based learning

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