Emeritus Professor Ann Sefton AO, BSc(Med), MBBS, PhD DSc Syd

Emeritus Professor Ann Sefton

Representing: Senate Fellow (Medicine)

After Professor Ann Sefton AO, BSc(Med), MBBS, PhD DSc, retired as an academic in the Faculty of Medicine, from the Discipline of Physiology, she was elected to Senate twice as an alumni representative, and subsequently elected to the position of Deputy Chancellor in 2005-6 and again in 2007-8.

As a student she contributed through SRC and the Medical Society to the development of the student health service, child care facilities, a learning assistance centre and a vacation care scheme.

Her former interests as an academic member of staff included research into the visual system (in the Discipline of Physiology), teaching physiology and neuroscience to medical, dental and science students. She was involved in the development of the Sydney graduate-entry medical program, for which she received an Australian Award for university teaching.

Her interests in education, medicine and medical sciences has led to invitations to assist in curriculum development and review programs nationally and internationally. Of her publications in refereed journals and book chapters, there are 47 publications in scientific journals and 4 book chapters in visual neuroscience; 54 publications (including a recent website) and 37 book chapters relating to medical education and curriculum development. She has co-edited 5 books and an electronic teaching resource. Abstracts in all categories total 78; miscellaneous publications exceed 20. There are also 16 reports on university policy; 29 reports on policy for the Faculty of Medicine, 13 reports for the International Union of Physiological Sciences, one report from a meeting of the International Council of Scientific Unions, and 17 reports on international and local medical schools.

Professor Ann Sefton has also been a Council Member of the International Union of Physiological Sciences and Chair of its Education Committee 2003-9, and consultant in medical education for the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Physiological Societies. Her co-authored reports include six on medical schools for the Australian Medical Council and two major documents on medical and dental education in Australia.