Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Dr Helen Ackland awarded top teaching gong


A big congratulations to SPHPM’s Dr Helen Ackland for her recent Monash Student Association (MSA) Teaching Award. These annual awards are a joint initiative of the MSA and the Office of the Vice-Provost (Learning & Teaching), presented to outstanding teaching staff as chosen by students. As the peak representative body for students, the MSA believes in acknowledging staff who make such a positive contribution to the teaching experience of students.

This year there were over 800 nominations across the 12 awards categories. Dr Ackland was the recipient of the ‘Above and Beyond’ Award, as nominated by her BME3032 and MED1011 students. Students nominated her for her 'engaging teaching style' and 'respect and consideration for students.' 


Dr Ackland is a Senior Clinical Trauma Research Fellow at the National Trauma Research Institute. She obtained her PhD in epidemiology and has subsequently conducted postdoctoral research on severe traumatic injury requiring intensive care management. Her research work on cervical spine trauma and ladder fall-related injuries has been conducted in collaboration with The Alfred Hospital intensive care, emergency, radiology, neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery and trauma departments; and her research interests extend to work with the Monash Bionic Vision project, where she is a co-investigator on the ARC-funded project entitled '3-Tesla MRI volumetric and diffusion tensor analyses of the primary visual cortex'.

The MSA is the representative body for all Monash Clayton students. Established in 1961, the student union has a proud history of serving and protecting students' interests. The organisation is made up of elected student representatives who represent all Clayton campus students on general issues such as quality of education, course costs and student welfare, as well as specific issues such as women's affairs and queer affairs.

Our high quality teachers and education programs are a major asset to the School which we value highly. Congratulations from us all at SPHPM on this well-deserved accolade.

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