• Clinical education pedagogy and practice (Methods and theories relating to clinical education)
  • Clinical ethics (Ethics education pedagogy and practice with a special interest in clinical ethics consultations)
  • Clinical reasoning and critical thinking in health practice education (Methods for teaching and learning clinical reasoning)



  • Associate Prof Clare Delany is Coordinator of Research Higher Degree Programs and Coordinator of the final year of the Masters of Clinical Education Program (EXCITE) in the Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School. Clare's research and teaching expertise is in clinical and ethics education, clinical clinical reasoning and qualitative research. Clare also works as a clinical ethicists at the Childrens Bioethics Centre at the Royal Childrens Hospital. At the Childrens Bioethics Centre, Clare conducts clinical ethics consultations as a member of the Clinical Ethics Response Group and is involved in delivering ethics education and conducting research in paediatric bioethics. Clare has Masters degrees in Health and Medical Law and Physiotherapy and a PhD in Health Law and Ethics from Melbourne University. Clare is a member of the University of Melbourne Behavioural and Social Science Research Ethics Committee. She is the Chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Association National Professional Standards Panel and a sessional member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Clares research interests and publications include legal and ethical obligations of health practitioners; critical thinking and reasoning in clinical education, and ethics education methods for clinical practice and ethics consultations. Current projects include mapping the unique ethical issues faced by allied health practitioners; making thinking visible as a method of teaching clinical reasoning, the role of resilience in clinical placement learning and assessment for learning in Indigenous Health education at Masters level.   


Member of

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association National Professional Standards Panel. Chair 2014 -
  • The University of Melbourne Behavioural and Social Sciences Ethics Committee. Member 2013 -
  • Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal-sessional member. Sessional member 2012 -
  • Physiotherapist Registration Board of Victoria. Vice-president 2002 -
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association. Member 1980 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2014: OLT Grant: Assessment for learning in Indigenous Health Education 2013 Pat Cosh Grant: Using immersive simulation training to enhance student supervision skills of Physiotherapy clinical educators: a randomised controlled trial. 2013 Provost Teaching and Learning Grant: The development of a novel, e-Learning, inter-disciplinary, tool for the assessment and provision of effective student feedback in clinical assessment tasks. 2012 Provost Teaching and Learning Grant; Raising the standards: Meeting level 9 AQF criteria in Indigenous Health Curricula 2011 Pat Cosh Grant: Promoting resilience and confidence in physiotherapy students in the clinical education environment; an action research project. 2010 Victorian Law Foundation: Making the law practical for families and paediatricians 2009 The University of Melbourne, Teaching and Learning Grant; Educating for thinking: an innovative pedagogical approach for teaching, learning and assessing clinical thinking in medicine. 2009 Enhancing capacity in clinical teaching: teaching students to think (for themselves) Department of Human Services, Enhancing clinical education capacity 2009 ALTC 'Addressing cultural diversity in health ethics education' Ethics, culture and professional practice: Developing a medical ethics education program for International Medical Graduates. 2009 The University of Melbourne Teaching and Learning Grant Promoting inter-disciplinary curriculum design within postgraduate New Generation degrees: Communication skills for professional practice 2009 The department of Human Services. Developing organisational capacity program Sharing the wealth of expertise: a transition program for international medical graduates 2008 The University of Melbourne Teaching and Learning Grant: Enhancing and Sustaining Clinical Ethical Teaching in the Faculty of MDHS: The Narrative Ethics Education Training Program 2008 Department of Human Services Victoria Grant: Ethics, culture and professional pra   


Education and training

  • Cert Clinical Ethics, University of Kansas 2013
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2005
  • Mhlth & Med. Law, University of Melbourne 2001
  • M Physio(Manip.), University of Melbourne 2000
  • BAppScPhysio, Lincoln 1980

Awards and honors

  • NH&MRC, 2004



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • A/Prof Delany supervises students in areas of ethics and health practice, critical thinking, clinical education and qualitative research. Current student PhD project examples include: 1. How physiotherapists understand and incorporate the biopsychosocial model in everyday practice 2. Parents’ rights to know the genetic status of carrier siblings. 3. Preferred Providers and Dental Professionalism 4. Examining mobility and function in the low vision community 5. How do dentists communicate with their patients?