Denese Playford

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

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

    6009 Perth


  • 382 Citations
  • 11 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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Research Output 2005 2019

  • 382 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 35 Article
  • 5 Letter
  • 2 Conference paper
Open Access
medical student

Likelihood of rural practice in medical school entrants with prior tertiary experience

Playford, D. E., Mercer, A., Carr, S. E. & Puddey, I. B., 8 Apr 2019, In : Medical Teacher. p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Medical Schools
Open Access
Medical Schools
Social Support
Western Australia

The Australian Rural Clinical School (RCS) program supports rural medical workforce: evidence from a cross-sectional study of 12 RCSs

McGirr, J., Seal, A., Barnard, A., Cheek, C., Garne, D., Greenhill, J., Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, S., Luscombe, G. M., May, J., Mc Leod, J., O'Sullivan, B., Playford, D. & Wright, J., 2019, In : Rural and Remote Health. 19, 1, 9 p., 4971.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rural Population
Delivery of Health Care

Projects 2016 2017

RCSWA Mindfulness Program

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

Val Lishman Health Research Foundation Inc.


Project: Research