PROF Clare Delany

PROF Clare Delany


  • 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)



  • At the University of Melbourne, Department of Medical Education, Clare Delany is a Professor in Health Professions Education. In this role, Clare leads the Research Higher Degree (RHD) program and the Masters year of the “Excellence in Clinical Education” degree. This involves supporting clinicians and students to design, conduct and publish health professions education research. Clare is also a clinical ethicist in the Children’s Bioethics Centre at the Royal Childrens Hospital. This role involves conducting clinical ethics consultations, education and research in paediatric bioethics. Clare consults and publishes widely in applied ethics directed to health professional practice in private and public settings, research ethics and organisational ethics.

    Clare teaches and conducts research in cross-disciplinary health practice, health ethics and health professions education and has led multiple teaching and learning initiatives in educational and applied ethics research. Clare’s particular expertise is in developing and integrating theories and concepts from clinical health practice, clinical ethics, clinical education pedagogy and practice grounded in social sciences, and research ethics. Clare's methodological research expertise is in the area of qualitative methodology and methods, predominantly interview and ethnographic based research.

    Clare’s publications cover professional education, applied clinical ethics, critical thinking and clinical reasoning, resilience for learning, assessment for Indigenous health education, interprofessional health practice and paediatric bioethics. Clare is the lead editor of ‘Learning and Teaching in Clinical contexts (2018), bringing together 40 leading international researchers, theorists and practitioners in clinical education. She is co-editor of ‘When Doctors and Parents Disagree: Ethics, Paediatrics and the Zone of Parental Discretion’ (2017).


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?