Sandra Carr

Professor, RN, RM, BSc Curtin , MPH PhD W.Aust. SFHEA.

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Sandra is a Professor of Health Professions Education who is recognised for leading innovation in course design and planning programs of study aimed at better preparing health professionals for practice. These programs include professional development opportunities for colleagues that extend across diverse groups locally and internationally. She offers expertise around the selection of students, curriculum development, authentic assessment of learning and health humanities for education, practice and research. 


Roles and responsibilities

  • Head, Division of Health Professions Education, 2017- current
  • Coordinator, Postgraduate courses in Health Professions Education 2007- current
  • Coordinator, Major in Humanities for Health and Medicine , 2018- current
  • Lead, UWA Health Humanities Research Group, 2019- current

Past roles

  • Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning. Health and Medical Sciences 2010-2016
  • Academic Lead for Selection in Medicine and Dentistry, 2016-2020.


Selection of Students, Health Professions Education, Clinical Education, Emotional Intelligence, Assessment of Learning, Curriculum development, Health Humanities, Health Communication, Health Program Evaluation

Funding overview

  • 2023 Carr, SE , Mogensen, L., Olson, R., Hu, W.,Peña, A., Hyde, S., Brosnan, C., Dashwood, R., Cleland, J. Ho, C., McCoombe, S., Shepherd, N. Roberts, P., Downes, N. Widening access to medicine: A realist evaluation of Selection Pathways in ANZ Medical Schools. (UWA, UQ, UWS, Sydney, UTS, Canberra, Deakin, Charles Sturt, NUS-Singapore)
  • 2022 Brink, E. Carr, SE  Whiteman, S. Ledbury, M. . UWA Research Collaboration Award. Art and Health: Early Biometrics and the Visualisation of Disease. (UWA, USydney, UCL)
  • 2022 Burgess, A. Carr, SE.  Matar, E. Bansal, A. Evans, K. Hu, W. ANZAHPE Translating faculty development for Clinical Educators into practice: the real impact! (USydney, UWA, UWS)
  • 2020  Carr, SE, Davies, C., Phillips, B., Mavvadat, N., Brett-Mac Lean, P., Reid, S, Scott, K, Harris, A., Hooker, C. Worldwide Universities Network: Health Humanities initiative: towards the development of the patient-centred  and compassionate Health Professional through education. ($16 000)
  • 2019 Cover, R., Atkins, M., Attwell, K., Bartlett, A., Carr S., Elfving-Hwang, J. Fozdar, F., Han S., Mavaddat, N. Social Research on Health: Addressing Anti-Health Messaging in a Digital Era.($20 000)
  • 2019 Cover, R., Attwell, K. Carr, S. Fozdar, F., Mavaddat, N., Phillips, B. and Thompson, S. Communicating Good Health and Well Being: Building UWA’s Social Research in Health Profile.( $30 000)
  • 2018 Carr, SE, Celenza, A, Wearn, A, Leech, M, Canny B, Wilkinson, T.  'Does the Lower Performing Medical Student Sink or Swim as a Junior Doctor? What Lessons can be Learned for Selection and Assessment', Monash University ex Australian Council for Educational Research. ($98000)
  • 2017 Cover, R, Baldassar, L, Fozdar F, Attwell,K, Bartlett, A; Carr SE, Mavaddat, N; Christian H.  'UWA Led WUN RDF - Communicating Good Health and Wellbeing: Promotion, Advocacy and Resilience ', Worldwide Universities Network WUN. ($14 900)
  • 2016 Brand, G. Etherton-Beer, C. Carr, SE 'WA Clinical Training Network - Depth of Field: Exploring Ageing Research', WA Department of Health. ($14950)
  • 2016 Geographical reshuffling and its impact: understanding applicants’ medical school preferences, interstate relocation and homesickness.($80 000) GAMSAT Consortium via ACER with Flinders University
  • 2016 UMAT Consortium0 $30 666. Minimising ‘false positive’ in medical student selection. With  UNSW.
  • 2015 Carr SE et al. UWA CEF Scholarships, Facilitating Interprofessional Learning through the use of Point of View Glasses. ($9800)
  • 2012 Carr, SE. UWA OLT Seeding Grant, Peer Assisted Learning in the Health Professions ($5000)
  • 2011 Carr SE. UWA Teaching and Development Fund $25 000, Peer Assisted Learning in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
  • 2010 Health Workforce Australia CTF10-121-08. Beyond the Teaching Nursing Home. Clinical Training Partnerships in Residential Aged Care Medicine(with School of Medicine and Pharmacology)
  • 2010 Health Workforce Australia CTF10-121-08  CTF10-121-03 Training for the Future: Chronic Disease Management in the Community: An Interprofessional Approach (with School of Medicine and Pharmacology)
  • 2010 Carr, SE et al UWA Teaching and Development Fund $20 000, Implementation of enhanced feedback mechanisms for students of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (FMDHS) about their performance in clinical assessments
  • 2010 ALTC -$219 000. Curriculum Renewal & Interprofessional Health Education: establishing capabilities, outcomes and standards. With Professor Alison Lee at UTS.
  • 2010 UMAT Consortium- $39 900. Investigation of the Convergent Validity of UMAT Section 2 (Understanding People) with Measures of Interpersonal Aptitude. With ACER.
  • 2009 University of Adelaide, Learning & Teaching enhancement grants- $20 000. A focus on feedback: Staff development and student support in the Faculty of Health Sciences. With Professor Maree O’Keefe.
  • 2009 Carr SE et al. FMDHS, Teaching and Learning Grant $21 110, Implementing Interprofessional Learning across the Faculty.
  • 2007 Improving Student Satisfaction Grants $5000, Improving formative feedback for students (with CATLysts)
  • 2007 Improving Student Satisfaction Grants $12 800, Promoting reflective skills for Dental Students (with School of Dentistry)
  • 2007 Faculty Teaching and Learning Grant $36 000, Learning to Learn in the Clinical Setting (with School of Medicine and Pharmacology)
  • 2006 Course Experience Questionnaire, University Fund Enhancing Feedback for Students $8000
  • 2006 University Strategy Fund $194 000. Managed Learning Environment development in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
  • 2005 Carr SE. University Infrastructure Fund $99 000. Development of an Equipment Library for the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
  • 2005 Carr SE. Outcome Based Education Scheme $8000. Mapping Generic Skills in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

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

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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