Helen Wright

Associate Professor, MB ChB Glas., DipCH RCPSGlas., GradCertRRM W.Aust., FRACP(Paeds), MRCP(Paeds)

  • The University of Western Australia (M561), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile

Roles and responsibilities

Dr Helen Wright is a Paediatrician and Senior Lecturer with the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia (RCSWA) and the Division of Paediatrics at Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH). Helen is also co-lead of the statewide Child and Youth Health Network. Helen provides academic scholarship in teaching, research and leadership, with a rural focus.

She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1995 and has been a general paediatrician since 2002. She was a rural paediatrician in Port Hedland from 2002 to 2005, where she began her academic career with RCSWA, before taking up positions at Fremantle Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. She currently works in the Department of General Paediatrics at PCH.

In 2009 Helen obtained a UWA Graduate Certificate in Rural and Remote Medicine, and a Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Dundee in 2011. She enrolled in a Masters of Rural and Remote Medicine in 2015, with the thesis submitted for examination in 2018.

Her research interests are primarily in medical education. She was awarded an Early Career Research Grant in 2012 to compare logs of paediatric cases by medical students in RCSWA to metropolitan students, which was the basis of her Masters thesis. This translational research provided local data on what students were learning, and has been used to inform teaching practices in the rural and urban schools, particularly feedback on cases logged.

Dr Wright is a member of the Community of Practice for the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching in the Health Professions, School of Allied Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. She has developed a number of innovative teaching resources. 

Dr Wright’s leadership and advocacy roles include establishing the WA Rural Paediatricians Network in 2018. The RCSWA Regional Training Hubs helped her support rural paediatricians obtain multiple rural paediatric postgraduate training positions across WA. Her work with Health Networks led the creation of the WA Youth Health Policy, published in 2018.

Teaching overview

Helen was awarded an Improving Student Learning Grant in 2012 to initiate a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Program in Paediatric Clinical Examination. This was extended to rural sites in 2018. The PAL program is part of the Short Course "Education within the Clinical Setting" program for visiting international medical educators. Helen has developed several Virtual Patient teaching resources in paediatrics, and is developing an Interprofessional Education workshop.

Helen was nominated for a Teaching Award in 2014 for small group teaching, and was awarded a Team Teaching award in 2015. She was nominated for a 2018 and 2019 WA Country Doctors’ Award, Metropolitan-based Specialist Bush Champion, presented by Rural Health West and the WA Country Health Service. These celebrate the success and achievements of doctors who have dedicated their careers to rural and remote Western Australia. She was awarded a Faye Gale Fellowship in 2018, to the Centre for Health Education Scholarship at the University of British Columbia.

Helen is the Academic Mentor in Paediatrics with RCSWA, regularly presenting and facilitating videoconference teaching sessions including a Child and Adolescent mental health workshop. She is a member of the RCSWA assessment committee.

In the Division of Paediatrics Helen is a bedside tutor, lectures on Paediatric history and examination, and is a member of the teaching and learning committee.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Co-lead Child and Youth Health Network, Department of Health (Western Australia)

1 Aug 2014 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Child health
  • Paediatrics
  • Rural medicine
  • Rural and remote medical education
  • Interprofessional education (IPE)
  • Peer-assisted learning in health professions
  • Logging


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