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Robyn Woodward-Kron

Associate Professor In Healthcare Communication
Medical Education
health literacy
systemic functional linguistics
learner health professional discourses
educational linguistics
life sciences & biomedicine
science & technology
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Robyn Woodward-Kron

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Primary Interest
workplace based assessment
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Robyn Woodward-Kron


Associate Professor Robyn Woodward-Kron researches language and communication in healthcare and in health professionals' education. The purpose of her research is both to understand how language and communication enable healthcare as well as how health professional students learn through interactions.

Robyn's role in the Department of Medical Education is Director of Research and Research Training. Her PhD is in educational linguistics and she has over 80 research and scholarly outputs. These include award winning multi-media resources for International Medical Graduates, and online resources for medical and health professional students. Current programs of research include trainee doctor and other learner health professions’ clinical communication, workplace-based learning in health professions' education, participation in clinical trials for culturally diverse populations, patient education and health literacy using communication technologies, and criteria for an English language test for internationally qualified health professionals.

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Project Types


Research Contracts


Research Grant

Additional Information

2019. CALDER: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Ethics Resources. Woodward-Kron, Hajek, Phan, Parker, Story. Medical Research Future Fund (MACH).

2019. Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Teaching and Learning Seeding Grant. University of Melbourne. Learning and Teaching Clinical Communication in Health Professional Education for the 21st Century: A Faculty Wide Approach for Curriculum Renewal and Improved Graduate Outcomes. Woodward-Kron, Denniston, Barr, Wong.

2017. Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand. Medical student clinical placements as sites of learning and contribution. Molloy, Lew, Woodward-Kron, Delany, Dodds, Lavercombe. $34,000.

2016. Ethics and Integrity Development Grant Scheme, University of Melbourne. Let’s talk about medical research: Research equity for CALD older Australians. Woodward-Kron, Story, Knoch, Parker, Phan.

2015. Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society. Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Ethics and Research resources (The CALDER Pilot Study). Story, Knoch, Woodward-Kron, Phan, Parker. $31,554.

2015. Vice-Chancellor's Staff Engagement Project Grants. Optimal Health: Improving community health literacy and engagement with a psycho-social education program. Castles, Moore, Woodward-Kron, Gray, Elliot, $9,950.

2014-2016 Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant: Towards improved quality of written patient records: language proficiency standards for nonnative speaking health professionals (3yrs). McNamara, Knoch, Woodward-Kron, Elder, Manias, Flynn, Zhang. $242,380 LP130100171.

2013-2014 Melbourne Social Equity Institute. Reconceptualising and supporting disaster recovery as growth: informed by people affected by the Black Saturday bushfires. Harms, Rose, Woodward-Kron, Waycott, Bolt, Abotomey. $33,095. With additional 9 months funding awarded Dec 2014.

2013-2014 Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES). Cultural respect encompassing simulation training (CREST): Being heard about health through broadband. Yau, Woodward-Kron, Elliott, Nicholson. $29,000.

2012-2013 Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES) “Hear Me Out” Online peer support for deaf and hearing-impaired teens. Cook, Woodward-Kron, McCarthy. $39,000.

2013 Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN). Supporting staff who support students: A narrative and study and intervention for health settings. Hu, Flynn, Woodward-Kron. $9000

2013 Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators. “They do tell you a lot”: An action research study to support staff who support students. Hu, Flynn, Woodward-Kron. $4150.

2011-2012 Australian Communications Consumer Action Network Ltd. Connecting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and General Practitioners through telecommunications: How can health care consumers be informed, represented and protected/safeguarded? Greenstock, Naccarella, Woodward-Kron, Elliott, Wickham. $60,000.

2009-2011 Australian Learning and Teaching Council competitive grant with the University of Technology, Sydney (Lead). Resources and Methodologies for Learning and Teaching Effective Communication in Emergency Health Care Settings. Slade, Woodward-Kron, Stein-Parbury, McColl et al. $220,000

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 10 most recent scholarly works by Robyn Woodward-Kron.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


British Council Award


2009 Vice-Chancellor's Knowledge Transfer Award


NSW Institue of Educational Research Award for Outstanding Researcher in 2003 (for my Phd studies)

NSW Institute of Educational Research


Minor Bursary to attend International Systemic Functional Congress

International Systemic Functional Linguistic Association


Tertiary Technology Showcase section winner, Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing for the CD-ROM Academic Writing: A language ba

Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing


M.A.K. Halliday Scholarship from the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia

Applied Linguistics Association of Australia


for PhD studies

Australian Postgraduate Award


Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators






Associate Professor In Healthcare Communication

Medical Education


Communication, Medicine and Ethics


European Association of Healthcare Communication


Association of Australian and New Zealand Health Professions Education


Institute for Communication in Healthcare



Graduate Diploma of Arts

University of Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Wollongong

Masters of Arts (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

University of Technology Sydney

Masters of Arts (English)

University of New South Wales

Bachelor of Arts

University of Sydney