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Sarah Barradell Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Speech Pathology

Sarah Barradell joined La Trobe University in 2008, after many years of clinical experience. Sarah has undertaken a variety of academic roles since starting at La Trobe, including Entry-Level Course Coordinator, Year Level Coordinator (3rd and 2nd year), Clinical Coordinator and Curriculum Lead. Sarah was awarded a Faculty of Health Sciences and La Trobe University Teaching Citation in 2012: "For the development of Physiotherapy curricula and resources that facilitate disciplinary ways of thinking and practising". In 2013, she was also awarded an Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. She was also awarded the 2013 La Trobe University Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Sarah's main research focus is in health professional education. She maintains an interest in threshold concepts but her work has expanded more generally to curriculum that:
thinks in new ways about professional learning and how to teach those courses,
better understands the learning experiences of their students, and
pays early consideration to bringing students into the community of practice.

Her interest in helping students to learn how to think and practise as learner physiotherapists has led to her current doctorate studies on Physiotherapy practice and how it is experienced through Physiotherapy education.

Sarah has been the Project Leader for two recent research initiatives.


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