A/PROF Clare Delany

A/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)



  • Clare Delany is known nationally and internationally for research and practice in health professional ethics, clinical reasoning, critical reflection, resilience for clinical learning and translation of educational theory into health workplace environments. Her work has mostly centred on physiotherapy, however, she reaches beyond that profession to teach and research in health professional education and higher education more broadly. Clare is Chair of the Univerisity of Melbourne 'Education, Fine Arts, Music and Business' Human Research Ethics Committee and has served as Vice President of the Physiotherapists' Registration Board in Victoria, and Chair of the Australian Physiotherapy National Professional Standards Panel. Clare is author or co-author of more than 90 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has co-edited two books; 'Clinical education in the Health Professions' and most recently 'When Doctors and Parents Disagree: Ethics, Paediatrics and the Zone of Parental Discretion.'

    Clare's research expertise is in the area of qualitative methodology and methods and this is applied across broad subject areas of clinical ethics, clinical education and paediatric bioethics. At the University of Melbourne, Department of Medical Education, Clare is responsible for coordination of research higher degrees and the masters year of the EXCITE (Excellence in Clinical Teaching) program. Clare is also a clinical ethicist at the Royal Children's Hospital Children's Bioethics Centre in Melbourne. This role involves conducting clinical ethics consultations, education and research in paediatric bioethics.



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?