A/PROF Robyn Woodward-Kron

A/PROF Robyn Woodward-Kron


  • healthcare communication, intercultural clinical communication, health professions education (health literacy, discourse, educational linguistics, systemic functional linguistics)



  • Associate Professor Robyn Woodward-Kron is a healthcare communication researcher and educator in the Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has a PhD in educational linguistics and has been conducting translation healthcare communication research for medical and health professions’ education since 2008. She has over 80 research and scholarly outputs. These include award winning multi-media resources for International Medical Graduates, and online resources for medical and health professional students. Current programs of research include trainee doctor and other learner health professions’ clinical communication, and workplace-based learning in health professions education, participation in clinical trials for culturally diverse populations, patient education and health literacy using communication technologies, and criteria for an English language screening test for health professionals.   


Member of

  • Association of Australian and New Zealand Health Professions Education. Member 2019 -
  • Communication, Medicine and Ethics. member 2019 -
  • European Association of Healthcare Communication. Member 2019 -
  • Institute for Communication in Healthcare. member 2016 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2010 Department of Health, Vic. Developing Organisational Capacity Funding 2010. Collaboratively addressing the English language requirements of International Medical Graduates, Woodward-Kron, Flynn, Stevens. $176,000, and additional $11,000 for Doctors Speak Up. 2009. Knowledge Transfer Grant, University of Melbourne. Doctors Speak Up, (with matching funding from the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria), Woodward-Kron, Flynn, Stevens, $20,000 2009 Office of the Provost Learning and Teaching Initiative 2010, University of Melbourne. Introducing inter-professional learning for health professionals: Establishing a Faculty-wide curriculum strategy in medicine, dentistry and health sciences. Young, Harms, Woodward-Kron, Saling et al. $38,770 2008. Postgraduate Medical Council Victoria: Development of multimedia resources for teaching effective clinical communication for International Medical Graduates. Woodward-Kron, Flynn, Delany. $12,000.    


Education and training

  • Grad Dip, University of Melbourne 2018
  • PhD, University of Wollongong 2003
  • MA(TESOL), University of Technology Sydney 1995
  • MA (English), University of New South Wales 1990
  • BA, University of Sydney 1985

Awards and honors

  • British Council Award, 2014
  • 2009 Vice-Chancellor's Knowledge Transfer Award, 2009
  • NSW Institue of Educational Research Award for Outstanding Researcher in 2003 (for my Phd studies), NSW Institute of Educational Research, 2004
  • Minor Bursary to attend International Systemic Functional Congress, International Systemic Functional Linguistic Association, 2002
  • Tertiary Technology Showcase section winner, Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing for the CD-ROM Academic Writing: A language ba, Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing, 2001
  • for PhD studies, Australian Postgraduate Award, 1999
  • M.A.K. Halliday Scholarship from the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, 1999



Available for supervision

  • Y