Helen works to promote best practice assessment across the whole medical program and support delivery of effective and integrated assessment strategies and practices. These roles support staff in the design of assessments to ensure they align with the course learning outcomes and suggest ways to manage the assessment load of large cohorts whilst optimizing feedback to students.

Researcher biography

Helen Wozniak has 30 years experience as a clinician (orthoptist) and an innovative educator, joining the University of Queensland in June 2017, as Academic Lead Assessment in the Office of Medical Education. Helen's career began as a clinician (orthoptist) in rural NSW, then later as student supervisor at a large teaching hospital in Sydney under the guidance of the late Prof Fred Hollows. In 1990 she joined the University of Sydney undertaking curriculum reform for the clinical education program in orthoptics and lectured in the discipline of ophthalmology. During this time she was awarded two University of Sydney excellence in teaching awards (2003 & 2004). She then joined the central university elearning team as the inaugural project manager for Sydney University's five health faculties where she worked closely with academic staff to strengthen their programs by using technology enhanced learning strategies, before moving to the Centre for Innovation and Professional Health Education Research to enhance the clinical skills curriculum across the seven clinical schools serving the Sydney Medical Program. In 2008, Helen left Sydney moving to the Northern Territory to lead the Academic Development Team at Charles Darwin University, and then in 2011 to Flinders University joining the academic team delivering the new Northern Territory Medical Program. She worked closely with staff across the Northern Territory to utilize her skills in elearning, educational design and assessment to bridge the vast distances encountered by staff and students studying medicine and other remote health programs. During this time she developed innovative clinical supervisor training programs which were awarded a Flinders University Teaching Excellence Award in 2016 and the Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2017. In 2019 she was awarded a Senior Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy recognising her leadership and excellence in higher education.