Dr Helen Wilcox

Started at UWA: 2008

MD Program Director and Head of the Medical Education Unit

It is a privilege to work with such incredibly motivated, intelligent and hardworking students and staff within the MD program.Dr helen wilcox

Dr Helen Wilcox is the Doctor of Medicine Program Director and Head of the Medical Education Unit with the Medical School at UWA. She led the design and development of the new MD 2021 program and the articulating undergraduate double major, Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice, of which she is now the course coordinator. Dr Wilcox is also Discipline Lead for the clinical preparation rotation in the second year of the MD. 

As Chair of the Medical Program Committee and Medical School Learning and Teaching Committee, Dr Wilcox supports staff who design and deliver the MD program. Similarly, as Head of the Medical Education Unit, she supports staff to progress educational and student support initiatives within the MD, including developing interprofessional learning, assessment and evaluation frameworks, curriculum and assessment blueprints, standard setting methodology, and processes to communicate with and monitor performance of clinical supervisors.

Dr Helen Wilcox led the MD program’s response to COVID-19, including suspension and resumption of online teaching and clinical placements, developing principles for vulnerable students during COVID-19, processes for the award of ungraded passes in 2020, and coordinating teaching, learning and advocacy for students overseas (provision of online teaching, advocacy for travel permits and exchange electives instead of Perth-based placements).

Dr Wilcox represents the MD program and UWA on the Faculty Learning and Teaching committee, UWA Senate MD Course Working Group, Australian Medical Council Medical School Assessment Committee, and the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand’s Medical Education Collaborative Committee. 

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Clinical Teacher of the Year, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, 2011

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Gold medal for the best overall performance in the RACP examination, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2004

Highest Rank Applicant, Supportive Research Leaders Program, Telethon Kids Institute, 2017-2022

New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support Award, WA Department of Health, 2017

Research projects

Research Projects


Chair of MDANZ COVID-19 Taskforce, including development of graduate competencies across all Australian and New Zealand medical schools, and moderation of shared teaching and assessment resources. MDANZ COVID-19 Taskforce graduate competencies have been incorporated across all Australian and New Zealand medical schools. 










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