Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Caroline Robinson

Dr Caroline Robinson

PhD, MSc, FCPod(Surg)(UK), DPodM

Allocation of courses below are correct at 1 February 2016, and are subject to change.

Portfolio 3  Course Director – Dr Caroline Robinson

 

Telephone: (02) 6051 9242, email: corobinson@csu.edu.au

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (with specialisation) – Accredited Exercise & Sports Australia

Diploma of Exercise Studies

Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science Articulated Set

Associate Degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science

University Certificate in Health and Rehabilitation Science

Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation)

Bachelor of Sport Studies/Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Honours) Integrated Honours

Master of Speech Pathology

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) Integrated Honours

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) Integrated Honours

Under Associate Dean (Research):

Gayle Smythe

Bachelor Exercise Science (Honours)

Oversee all integrated honours.

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Caroline moved to Australia from the UK in 2005, where she had been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate podiatry students since 1992, at the University of Brighton. She has worked as a lecturer in Podiatry at CSU since July 2005 and has held various leadership roles during this time including Honours coordinator, acting Podiatry Program Leader, acting Course Director and acting Physiotherapy program leader. Her present role is Courses Director for the School of Community Health and the School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health.

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Chiropody; Chelsea School of Chiropody, London: 1982
  • Masters in Pharmacology; University of East London: 1987
  • Surgical Fellow of the College of Podiatry (UK): 1997
  • PhD; Charles Sturt University: 2012

Positions and Roles

  • Courses Director SCH and SESS+H
  • Member of the SCH Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Member of the Faculty of Science Learning and Teaching Committee
  • SCH representative on the Faculty Human Research and Ethics Committee
  • Member of the Smart Learning Courses Leadership and Management Committee
  • Member of the SCH Assessment committee
  • Member of the SCH Senior Management Committee

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Teaching

Caroline's areas of teaching interest and expertise include: local anaesthesia and podiatric surgery; pharmacology; podiatric medicine; qualitative data analysis for honours.

Innovations in Teaching

Caroline's experience in inter-professional practice (IPP) commenced in 2001, with the development of a workplace learning experience between Podiatry and Pharmacy undergraduate students. In 2006 she replicated this initiative at CSU to facilitate IPP for podiatry and physiotherapy students. Caroline's interest in inter-professional education has led to her involvement in the creation of the Inter-professional Collaboration Alliance (ICA) comprising CSU, Albury-Wodonga Health and Hume Medicare Local. The purpose of the ICA is to facilitate inter-professional education and practice, and to enable the development of networks to support practice. Allied health and nursing practitioners meet with clinical educators, academics and final year undergraduate students, to participate in inter-professional education.  

Caroline's interest in the development of undergraduate students as practitioners, has informed the creation of online simulations to engage learners through complex scenarios. This initiative was implemented in 2012 for POD404: Complex Cases in Podiatric Practice. The collaborative development of online simulations to enable the education of critically reflective practitioners, informs Caroline's research activity.

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Research

Caroline's doctoral research explored the experience of allied health honours students at CSU and at La Trobe university. Her research interests include: online simulation; collaboration in the development of online learning resources; developing practitioners and practitioner-researchers in allied health; inter-professional practice; Honours; podiatric intervention and outcomes.

FOR codes: 1301; 1399; 1199.

Key terms: online simulation; collaboration in learning and teaching; Honours; practitioner-researchers; Allied Health; inter-professional practice; inter-professional education; podiatric surgery; podiatry.

Current Research Projects

  • Robinson, C., Fell, R., Parnell, T., McCormack, J., Breheny, L., Hicks, K.

Riverina Shore: a virtual community.

Funding body:  u!magine, CSU.

Completed Research Projects

  • Robinson, C., Fuller, G., Duffy, D., Smith, M. (2014).
    Evaluation of the Nursing and Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme.
    Funding Body: Aspen Medical through a grant from the Department of Health
  • Robinson, C., Morkel Kingsbury, L., Blatchford, L. (2014)
    Collaborative production of a learning resource: engaging learners through complex scenarios.
    Funding Body: School of Community Health, CSU
  • Robinson, C. (2012). The role of Honours in Allied Health in the development of practitioner-researchers    

Funding body: School of Community Health, CSU  

Current Research Higher Degree Students

  • Associate supervisor for Sharon Laver          2014 - date

PhD: The experience of graduate nurse practitioners.

  • Associate supervisor for Brett Biles.               2012 - date

PhD: Development of an exercise program for cardiovascular health in Aboriginal men.

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List of Publications 

Scholar.google.com.au/citations

  • 2014 Robinson C. Why should we value honours graduates? Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech and Language Pathology, 16(3): 117-122.
  • 2014 Robinson C. Fuller G., Duffy D., Smith M. Evaluation of the Nursing and Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS). Report to Aspen Medical.

Reprinted in The Age; Science Alert; New Zealand Herald; Western Magazine; Women's Agenda; The Eye Peninsula Tribune; The Busselton-Dunsborough Mail; The Otago Daily Times.

Quote from Bruce Andrews, CSU Media Officer "'High heels' story in The Conversation subsequently became syndicated around Australia on the Fairfax online network in late February with approximately 119 'hits', and crediting you as author".

Media coverage through: 2 SER in Sydney; 4BC in Brisbane; Prime TV; WIN TV (all events on 27 February); 2CC in Canberra (1 March); ABC Riverland (5 March).

  • 2009 Robinson C. Cutaneous surgery : reconsidering electrosurgery. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, 99(4): 353-358.
  • 2001 Otter S., Robinson C., James D., Allen M., Davies JG. "An evaluation of an interdisciplinary joint clinical placement between podiatry and pharmacy students". Pharmacy Education. 3(4): 253-260.
  • 2002 Robinson C., Otter SJ., Bowen CJ.  "Clinical misdiagnosis of Morton's neuroma: a case of early rheumatoid arthritis". Br.J.of Podiatry. 6(3): 85-87
  • 2002 Leverett C., Robinson C. "A critical review of contemporary developments in antibiotic prophylaxis". Br.J .of Podiatry. 5(3): 87-90
  • 1999 Tyrell R., Robinson C. "Are we losing the fight against infection ? A critical review to look at contemporary developments in antibiotics and bacterial resistance, with relevance to Podiatric practice". The Foot, Vol.10, No.2, June, pp.90-96.
  • 1999 Lelliott, P., Robinson, C.J. "To evaluate the reoccurrence of verrucae following treatment by Electrosurgery".  Br. J. of Podiatry. 2(3): 84-88.
  • 1998 Stepney, E., Robinson, C.J. "Fungal nail infection - a new perspective". Podiatry Now, July, pp. 221-224.
  • 1998 Review of King's Fund report ; "The cost-effectiveness of Podiatric Surgery Services". Podiatric Research Forum Newsletter, no. 2, April.
  • 1996 Sherrard-Brisley,J. Robinson, C.J. "To discover a possible route for cross-infection from Podiatric drill handpieces". The Foot, vol.7, no.1, pp.1-6.
  • 1997 Cryer,J.R., Robinson C.J. "In vitro  study to establish the efficacy of 28% Tioconazole solution (Trosyl) against Trichophyton rubrum  and Candida albicans"The Foot, vol.7, no.1,pp. 27-9
  • 1997 Childs,S., Robinson, C.J. "A comparison of wet and dry drilling techniques". J.Br.Pod.Med. , vol. 52, May, no.5, pp. 68-72
  • 1992 Book review published in the Journal of British Podiatric Medicine. Vol. 47, no. 11, pp. 226

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Conference presentations

  • 2015 Collaborative production of a learning resource: engaging students through online simulation. CSUEd, Thurgoona, NSW. 18-19 Nov 2015.
  • 2015 Improving the retention and distribution of nursing and allied health professionals across Australia. National Primary Health Care Conference, Canberra. 2-4 Nov 2015.
  • 2015 Respectfully leading the inclusion of Indigenous content in allied health professional curricula: our journey. Indigenous Content in Education Symposium. Adelaide, Australia. 21 Sept 2015.
  • 2014 Collaborative production of a learning resource: engaging learners through complex scenarios. CSUEd 2014, Thurgoona, NSW, Australia.
  • 2014 Complex cases: working collaboratively to stimulate learning. Presentation at the Practice-Based Education Summit 2014, Sydney, Australia.
  • 2014 Cross-sectional survey to investigate the relationship between cardiovascular risk status and toe brachial pressure index (TBPI). Presentation at the Australasian Podiatry Association (Vic) Conference 2014, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2012 'Engaging with Honours in Allied Health'. Presentation at the ANZAHPE conference 2012, Rotorua, NZ.
  • 2012 'Transforming undergraduate students into practitioner-researchers'. Presentation at the Education for Practice Institute (EFPI) symposium 2012, Sydney.
  • 2011 'Inter-professional Education in Allied Health'. Presentation at the National Association of Fieldwork Experience Administrators (NAFEA) conference 2011, Wodonga.
  • 2011 'Reconceptualising the purpose of Honours in Allied Health'. Presentation at the CSUEd conference 2011, Thurgoona.
  • 2011 'The practice-research nexus in Allied Health: practitioner-researchers or practitioners and researchers'. Presentation at the Australian Podiatry Conference 2011, Melbourne.
  • 2010 'Transformative learning through Honours: the experience of Allied Health students'. Presentation at the Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR) conference 2010, Adelaide.
  • 2010 'Informing practice through Honours in Allied Health'. Presentation at the Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR) conference 2010, Adelaide.
  • 2009 'The impact of interprofessional education on Allied Health students' clinical learning'. Presentation at the Australasian Podiatry Conference 2009, Gold Coast.
  • 2009 'An improbable patient'. Presentation at the Australasian Podiatry Conference 2009, Gold Coast.
  • 2008 'Cutaneous Surgery – reconsidering electrosurgery'. Invited presentation at the Australian Podiatry Association (Victoria) 2008 State Conference, Lorne, Victoria.
  • 2008 'Collaborative clinical learning; exploring undergraduate allied health students' experience using mixed methods research'. Presentation at the "Educational Interactions and Curricula" CSUED Conference, Wagga Wagga, NSW.
  • 2007 'Podiatry and Pharmacy – an equal partnership for shared clinical learning'. Poster presentation accepted for the Australasian Podiatry Conference, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • 2006 'The effect of Manuka honey on post surgical nail avulsion healing'.  Poster   presentation accepted for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Annual Conference, Brighton, UK.
  • 2006 'Using deconstruction in case based learning for undergraduate podiatry students'.Poster presentation accepted for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Annual Conference, Brighton, UK.
  • 2005 'Using deconstruction in case based learning for undergraduate podiatry students'. Poster presentation submitted for 'Health Research at Charles Sturt University. A showcase of current strengths and strategies for success'.
  • 2002 'Without compromise'. A presentation to reflect on the potential conflict between the expectations of professional bodies and the provision of postgraduate education in HE. Presented at the Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Brighton.
  • 1999 'Shared learning – the experience with Podiatry and Pharmacy students'. Presented at the Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Brighton.
  • 2000 'Pre and post-operative assessment of Cheilectomy for the surgical treatment of Hallux Limitus'. SOCAP Millenium Conference, Commonwealth Centre, London.
  • 1993 'Assessment of the parameters of Diabetic Ulcers'. The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Conference, Eastbourne.

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Community Engagement

Whilst working in the UK, Caroline was commissioned by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists to develop the 'Primary Fellowship in Podiatric Surgery'. This document provided a framework for the development of a national surgical training program, which currently enables podiatrists to gain a Masters qualification in podiatric surgery.

Caroline has been a member of the ANZPAC course accreditation teams for the review of the: Australasian College of Podiatric Surgery Fellowship Program (2013-2014); Doctor of Clinical Podiatry at the University of Western Australia (UWA): 2013-2014; Bachelor of Podiatry at the University of South Australia (2016).

Caroline is a member of the Scheduled Medicines Advisory Committee, Podiatry Board of Australia. This committee provides specialist input into the ongoing review process relating to the endorsement of podiatrists for the use of scheduled medicines. Policy recommendations inform not only the restructure of the post-registration education pathway, but also the focus and content of the undergraduate podiatry curriculum in relation to pharmacology and prescribing.

Caroline was one of the founding members of the Inter-professional Collaboration Alliance (IPA), comprising representation from the SCH, the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Albury-Wodonga Health and Hume Medicare Local. Professional education events are arranged on a bimonthly basis and responsibility for hosting these events is shared between the three partner organisations. Allied health and nursing practitioners meet with clinical educators, academics and final year undergraduate students, to participate in inter-professional education. Each event provides a platform for professional discussion and peer education related to a contemporary practice issue.

Affiliations and Memberships
  • Member of  the Scheduled Medicines Advisory Committee, Podiatry Board of Australia
  • Registered Podiatrist (AHPRA)

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