Dr Sarah Barradell is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health at Swinburne University, Victoria, Australia. Sarah is a physiotherapist with extensive clinical experience in neurological physiotherapy, having worked in acute, rehabilitation and community settings in public and private sectors both in Australia and overseas.
Sarah’s academic work connects the areas of teaching, research and leadership. Her efforts and expertise in curriculum, teaching and learning have resulted in numerous awards including Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (local and national), Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (international).
Sarah is passionate about the future of physiotherapy and the educational formation of future graduates. Her doctorate, titled (Re)Imagining becoming a physiotherapist, was a phenomenological study of how physiotherapy practice was experienced through physiotherapy education, what it means to become a physiotherapist and why and how physiotherapy curriculum might need to change. Her research interests are centred around: health professional education; helping students learn for changing practice and with more influence; staff-student partnerships; and participation in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
She is currently an Associate Editor for Physiotherapy Theory and Practice and Higher Education Research and Development.
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.
Available to supervise honours students.
Fields of Research
- Medicine, Nursing And Health Curriculum And Pedagogy - 390110
- Curriculum And Pedagogy Theory And Development - 390102
- Higher Education - 390303
- 2018, International, Fellow, Higher Education Academy
- 2013, Other, Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence, La Trobe University
- 2013, National, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning: For the development of physiotherapy curricula and resources that facilitate disciplinary ways of thinking and practising, Office for Teaching and Learning
- 2012, Other, Teaching Citation: For the development of physiotherapy curricula and resources that facilitate disciplinary ways of thinking and practising, Faculty of Health Sciences (La Trobe University)
- 2012, Other, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning: For the development of physiotherapy curricula and resources that facilitate disciplinary ways of thinking and practising, La Trobe University
- 2007, Select, Titled Member (Neurology), Australian Physiotherapy Association
Also published as: Barradell, Sarah; Barradell, S.
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