The healthcare communication group investigates health professional-patient interactions, inter and intra-professional communication, and learner medical discourses to inform health professional education. Our research addresses contemporary issues in healthcare and how these impact on communication including the cultural and linguistic diversity of the health workforce and patients, online health information and health literacy, English language proficiency and screening, and safety and quality of care. We approach our research primarily through qualitative and discourse analytical methods. Our multidisciplinary group includes health professional educators, clinicians, junior doctor researchers, and applied linguists.
Ms Susan Philip, PhD student
Mr Daniel McDonald, PhD student with School of Languages and Linguistics
Ms Samantha Tai, PhD student with Department of Audiology
Department of Medical Education
University of Melbourne
Professor David Story, Melbourne Medical School , University of Melbourne
Professor John Hajek, Department of Italian, University of Melbourne,
Dr Ute Knoch, Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne
A/Prof Catherine Elder, Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne
Professor Tim McNamara, Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne
Dr Phyllis Lau, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne
National and International
Professor Elizabeth Manias, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University
Professor Wendy Hu, University of Western Sydney
Dr Susan Barone, Global Learning and Education, Vanderbilt University
Professor Peter Schulz, Institute for Communication and Health, Università della Svizzera italiana
Professor Diana Slade, International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare (IRCCH),
University of Technology Sydney;
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
2014-2016 Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant: Towards improved quality of written patient records: language proficiency standards for nonnative speaking health professionals (3yrs). McNamara, Knoch, Woodward-Kron, Elder, Manias, Flynn, Zhang. $242,380,LP130100171.
Let’s talk about medical research: research equity for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) older patients. Ethics and Integrity Development Grant Scheme Woodward-Kron R, Story D, Parker A, Hughson J, Hajek J, Delany, C
This research project is available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.
McDonald D, Woodward-Kron R. (2016). Member roles and identities in online support groups: perspectives from corpus and systemic functional linguistics. Discourse and Communication, 1-19, DOI: 10.1177/1750481315615985
Woodward-Kron R, Elder C. (appeared online Nov 2015). Authenticity in an English language screening test for clinicians: A comparative discourse study. Language Testing. Special issue. DOI: 10.1177/0265532215607399
Lau P, Woodward-Kron R, Livesay K, Elliott K, Nicholson P. (2016) Cultural respect encompassing simulation training: Being heard about health through broadband. Journal of Public Health Research, 5: 657, 36-42 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4081/jphr.2016.657
Matta G, Salzberg M, Petty S, Woodward-Kron R Addressing patient experiences of abuse and trauma in the medical interview: challenges for medical education, MJA 205 (6), 2016
Woodward-Kron R. (2016) International Medical Graduates and the discursive patterns of patient-centred care. Language Learning in Higher Education. 6(1). 10.1515/cercles-2016-0012
Woodward-Kron R, Fraser C, Rashid H, Au J, Chua Y, George L. Perspectives of junior doctor intercultural communication: lessons for medical education, Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-Disciplinary Journal, Voll.17, No 3, 2016, ISSN 1442-1100