• The University of Western Australia (M414), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Professor Sandra Carr is the Head of the discipline of Health Professions Education and Lead for the Health Humanities Research Network at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Sandra completed her PhD in medical education at UWA in 2014 exploring predictors of junior doctor performance in their first postgraduate year.

She is best known for her work in innovating curricula to better prepare health professionals to provide person centred health care, offering professional development for health professionals as educators and is recognised as an influential voice within Australian and New Zealand Health Professions Education.

Sandra joined UWA in 1998 as a Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, after having spent 15 years in clinical nursing and midwifery practice. From 2010- 2016, Sandra was the Associate Dean of Education across the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and was the academic lead for the selection of medical and dental students from 2016-2020. In 2017, Sandra was appointed the inaugural head of the Discipline of Health Professions Education that offers postgraduate courses in health professions education and in 2019, founded the first undergraduate bachelor program in Humanities for Health and Medicine in Australia.

Sandra is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, recipient of numerous teaching excellence awards and acclaimed supervisor of higher degree by research students with over 25 HDR completions. Her research collaborations locally, nationally and internationally have resulted in numerous publications with a focus on selection of students, motivation of learners, clinical education environments, academic performance and progression, curriculum design, program evaluation and the intersections of health, humanities and the education of future health professionals. 


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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Industry keywords

  • Education
  • Health

Research expertise keywords

  • Higher Education
  • Outcome-based education
  • Use of simulation techniques
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Predictors of preparedness
  • Selection processes
  • Enhancing feedback for students
  • Interprofessional learning
  • Curriculum development
  • Health Humanities
  • Qualitative research, narrative, action research
  • Quality and evaluation of teaching and learning


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