Denese Playford

Associate Professor, BA (Hons), PhD W.Aust., MCS Regent Coll.

  • The University of Western Australia (M706), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 501 Citations
  • 12 h-Index

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Personal profile


Associate Professor Denese Playford is medical educator for The Rural Clinical School of WA, immediate past co-ordinator of Scholarly Activity for The School of Medicine, and stream co-ordinator for Service Learning in the School of Medicine.


Denese Playford is co-recipient of a Carrick Award for Programmes that Enhance Learning – Innovation in curricula. Learning and Teaching, which discussed transformative learning in a rural clinical school, co-recipient of WA Premier’s Awards for Creating Jobs and Economic Prosperity, and Strengthening Regional Western Australia.  For her work with medical students, she has received a number of Faculty Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.  In 2017 she was awarded a national citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the national University Awards for University Teaching.


Denese's publications have focused on the transformative impact that educational intervention can have on graduate’s workforce choices.  She is Australasian Associate Editor for the Rural and Remote Health journal.

Research expertise keywords

  • Integrated curriculum
  • Assessment programs
  • Long-term impact/graduate outcomes
  • Interprofessional education (IPE)

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Research Output

Open Access
  • Decline in new medical graduates registered as general practitioners

    Playford, D., May, J. A., Ngo, H. & Puddey, I. B., 1 May 2020, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 212, 9, p. 421-422 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Determining the feasibility and effectiveness of brief online mindfulness training for rural medical students: a pilot study

    Moore, S., Barbour, R., Ngo, H., Sinclair, C., Chambers, R., Auret, K., Hassed, C. & Playford, D., 6 Apr 2020, In : BMC Medical Education. 20, 1, 12 p., 104.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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  • Projects

    RCSWA Mindfulness Program

    Moore, S., Kirke, A., Playford, D., Auret, K., Ngo, H., Sinclair, C., Chambers, R., Hassed, C. & Barbour, R.

    Lishman Health Foundation


    Project: Research