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DR Jenny Barrett


  • Medical Education (Postgraduate)
  • Medical Teaching (Postgraduate)



  • Jenny Barrett conducts research in medical education. She held the position of Senior Lecturer in the University's Department of Paediatrics, a Department of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Her role was to provide educational expertise to undergraduate and postgraduate medical programs. In particular, her work focused on educating and supporting junior doctors as they become medical teachers and conducting research and evaluation projects related to medical student teaching and learning.
    Her research projects were related to medical teachers' in new hospital teaching spaces and the roles played by professional actors/teachers in the simulated parent programmes for medical staff and counselling students. Her doctoral project investigated the ways that hospital-based medical teachers conceptualise teaching and how they think about themselves as teachers.
    Recently, she has conducted research with medical students to describe a contemporary understanding of the notion of 'teaching by humiliation' in medicine. Currently, Jenny is involved in studies with medical students for both the School of Medicine and the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.

    Publications 2014-2015:

    BARRETT, J. SCOTT, K. “Pedagogical and professional compromises by medical teachers in hospitals”, ‘The Clinical Teacher’, 2014;11: 340-344

    BARRETT, J. McCOLL G, YATES, l. ‘Medical teachers conceptualize a distinctive form of clinical knowledge’, Advances in Health Science Education, Volume 20, No. 2, May 2015

    EWEN, S. BARRETT, J. PAUL, D. AGNEW, D. WEBB, G. WILKIN, A. When a patient’s ethnicity is declared, medical students’ decision-making processes are affected, Internal Medicine Journal, May 2015.

    BARRETT, J. SCOTT, K. “Constantly ignored and told to disappear”: A qualitative review of the literature on ‘teaching by humilia   


Member of

  • Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators. Committee of Management 2002 - 2013


Selected publications


Education and training

  • D Ed, University of Melbourne 2013
  • Grad Cert (TESOL), University of Melbourne 2004
  • M Ed, University of Ballarat 1999
  • Dip Ed, La Trobe University 1975
  • BA, La Trobe University 1974

Awards and honors

  • John Smyth Award for most meritorious DEd thesis, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, 2014
  • Travelling Scholarship, Royal Children's Hospital, 2005



Available for supervision

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