Associate Professor Helen Wozniak

Academic Lead, Assesment

Office of Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 336 55169


Helen Wozniak has 28 years experience as a clinician (orthoptist) and an innovative educator, joining the University of Queensland in June 2017, as Academic Lead Assessment in the Office of Medical Education. Helen’s career began as a clinician (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 she joined the University of Sydney undertaking curriculum reform for the clinical education program in orthoptics and lectured in the discipline of ophthalmology. During this time she was awarded two University of Sydney excellence in teaching awards (2003 & 2004). She then joined the central university elearning team as the inaugural project manager for Sydney University’s five health faculties where she worked closely with academic staff to strengthen their programs by using technology enhanced learning strategies, before moving to the Centre for Innovation and Professional Health Education Research to enhance the clinical skills curriculum across the seven clinical schools serving the Sydney Medical Program. In 2008, Helen left Sydney moving to the Northern Territory to lead the Academic Development Team at Charles Darwin University, and then in 2011 to Flinders University joining the academic team delivering the new Northern Territory Medical Program. She worked closely with staff across the Northern Territory to utilize her skills in elearning, educational design and assessment to bridge the vast distances encountered by staff and students studying medicine and other remote health programs. During this time she developed innovative clinical supervisor training programs which were awarded a Flinders University Teaching Excellence Award in 2016 and the Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2017.

Research Impacts

Helen’s research interests span a range of teaching and learning fields. She has a particular interest in learning designs that actively engage health science students across dispersed learning spaces and development of longitudinal assessment strategies that promote self-regulation, lifelong learning and the development of collaborative learning communities. Her doctoral thesis investigated health science students’ transition to online distance learning environments and was awarded the Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Prize for the most outstanding Doctor of Philosophy thesis. Her current research is examining models faculty development which encompass a peer review process and an evaluation project investigating student experiences of the Indigenous Entry pathway for studying medicine in the NT


  • Diploma of Applied Science in Orthoptics, Cumberland College of Health Sciences
  • Master of Health Science Education, The University of Sydney
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Darwin University


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  • Wozniak, Helen, Uys, Philip and Mahoney, Mary Jane (2012). Digital communication in a networked world. Communicating in the health sciences. (pp. 85-91) edited by Joy Higgs, Rola Ajjawi, Lindy McAllister, Franziska Trede and Stephen Loftus. South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Wozniak, Helen and Silveira, Sue (2007). Transforming learning: using structured online discussions to engage learners. Transforming a university: the scholarship of teaching and learning in practice. (pp. 163-173) edited by Angela Brew and Judyth Sachs. Sydney, NSW, Australia: The University of Sydney Press.

  • Wozniak, H. (2006). Empowering learners to interact effectively in asynchronous discussion activities. Making the Transition to E-Learning: Strategies and Issues. (pp. 208-228) Hershey, PA, United States: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-59140-950-2.ch013

  • Mahony, M.J. and Wozniak, H. (2005). Diffusion of innovation and professional development in eLearning: the CHS eLearning Resource case study. Breaking down boundaries: international experience in open, distance and flexible learning: selected papers. (pp. 66-74) edited by M. Tulloch, S. Relf and P. Uys. Bathurst, NSW, Australia: Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia.

  • Wozniak, H. (2005). Online discussions: improving the quality of the student experience. Breaking down boundaries: international experience in open, distance and flexible learning: selected papers. (pp. 170-179) edited by M. Tulloch, S. Relf and P. Uys. Bathurst, NSW, Australia: Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia.

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