Dr. Helen Wright, MBChB, MRCP, FRACP
Paediatrician, Perth Children’s Hospital, Australia
Senior Lecturer, Rural Clinical School, University of Western Australia
Co-lead, Child and Youth Health Network, Department of Health
Faye Gale Fellow
Dates of Visit: December 3 – 14, 2018
Purpose of Visit
Helen would like to learn about rural health professional education in Canada, sharing ideas from RCSWA; explore options for collaboration around her interests in peer assisted learning and inter-professional learning; and visit Vancouver Children’s Hospital General paediatrics department.
Helen is a general paediatrician at the new Perth Children’s Hospital, and a medical educator. Her teaching portfolio includes RCSWA and UWA Medical School, Division of Paediatrics. As the RCSWA Academic Mentor in paediatrics, she supports 80 students across 14 remote sites. She’s completing a Masters in Rural and Remote Medicine, researching paediatric cases logged by rural and urban students. She’s run a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program in Paediatric Clinical Examination since 2012. She was awarded a team teaching award in 2016, and is a 2018 UWA Faye Gale Fellow.
She is an advocate for rural families, and rural paediatricians. With RCSWA Regional Training Hubs she helps create rural training positions, and established the WA Rural Paediatricians network. Her leadership supported the publication of a Youth Health Policy for WA in 2018.
She has two children, and has represented Australia several times at World Mixed, and Pacific Curling Championships.