Denese Playford

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

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

    6009 Perth


  • 345 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
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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.


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

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Projects 2016 2017

RCSWA Mindfulness Program

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

Val Lishman Health Research Foundation Inc.


Project: Research

Research Output 2005 2018

  • 345 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 30 Article
  • 5 Letter
  • 2 Conference paper
1 Citations (Scopus)

Block versus longitudinal integrated clerkships: students’ views of rural clinical supervision

Witney, M., Isaac, V., Playford, D., Walker, L., Garne, D. & Walters, L., 1 Jul 2018, In : Medical Education. 52, 7, p. 716-724 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

medical student

Pre-graduating medical students' interest in rural internship

Szabo, A., Curtin, S., Gray, L. A., Paul, D. & Playford, D., 1 Jan 2018, In : Rural and Remote Health. 18, 3, 4456.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Medical Students
medical student
Medical Schools
2 Citations (Scopus)
Western Australia
Medical Schools
Cohort Studies
Multivariate Analysis
1 Citations (Scopus)

Is Western Australia’s rural surgical workforce going to sustain the future? A quantitative and qualitative analysis

Shanmugakumar, S., Playford, D., Burkitt, T., Tennant, M. & Bowles, T., 2017, In : Australian Health Review. 41, 1, p. 75-81 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Western Australia
Hospital Surgery Department
Geographic Mapping
Rural Health Services