• The University of Western Australia (M364), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Kelby Smith-Han is a Senior Lecturer in Health Professions Education, School of Allied Health. Kelby moved to Perth from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand in 2022 where he taught undergraduate medical students for 15 years. Kelby currently teaches in the Humanities in Health and Medicine major; Health Humanities in UWA’s medical degree; and the postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Master courses in health professions education.

Kelby’s research interests are student learning development (professional identity, transformational learning, professionalism, health humanities, threshold concepts) student experience (health and wellbeing of health professional students), and academic staff development (metacognition strategies for teachers).

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
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (Dundee)

Award Date: 22 May 2019

Doctor of Philosophy - Medical Education (Otago), 'Just a GP': an exploration of undergraduate medical students' discourses of General Practice

Award Date: 6 Dec 2014

Master of Health Sciences endorsed in Mental Health (Otago), Bullying Behaviour at school and Mental Health

Award Date: 24 Aug 2002

Bachelor of Arts (Otago)

Award Date: 13 May 2000

External positions

Research Fellow, University of Otago

1 Aug 202031 Jul 2023

Postdoctoral Fellow

1 Jun 20141 Aug 2020

Teaching Fellow, University of Otago

1 Feb 200831 Jul 2022

Industry keywords

  • Education
  • Health

Research expertise keywords

  • Professional Identity
  • Transformative learning
  • Professionalism
  • Health Humanities
  • Threshold concepts
  • Health and Wellbeing of Health Professional Students
  • Academic Staff Development
  • Clinical Experience of Health Professional Students


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