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Associate Professor Adrienne Torda

Office of Medical Education
9398 2200



I am a practicing clinician and medical educator, with specialist qualifications in Infectious Diseases and additional degrees and fellowships in both university learning and teaching and medical ethics. My teaching philosophy is student centred and incorporates role modelling, mentoring and dialogue with students. I focus on teaching students problem solving, analytical thinking, reflective practice, communication skills and teamwork as much as content. I teach medical students from first to final year, across both campus and the workplace (hospital). I tend to teach in a way that embeds learning in the clinical context that will become their professional environment. 

I am involved in thought leadership and innovation within the Faculty of Medicine and am currently working on multiple projects in this space, including the incorporation of digital health literacy, leadership and academic development.

I also champion gender equity and am the Gender Champion for UNSW (2019/2020). This gives me the opportunity to listen to and represent any gender related equity issues. I am passionate about supporting Women in Medicine and helping them develop the necessary skills to navigate a complex workplace.

Research Interests:
There are two main areas of interest. One is in clinical infectious diseases and the other is medical education research.

Broad Research Areas:
Clinical Research, Medical Education, Infectious Diseases

MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP. SFHEA, AFANZAPHE, FHERDSA, GradDip Bioethics, GradCert University Learning & Teaching,

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
FRACP, Australian Society of Infectious Diseases; infectious diseases society of America; Australasian Bioethics Association; ANZAPHE, HERDSA

Specific Research Keywords:
Medical education; Clinical Ethics; Infectious Diseases; Immunology and Infectious Disease; Clinical education; Immunisation


MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, SFHEA, AFANZAPHE, FHERDSA, GradDip Bioethics, GradCert University Learning & Teaching,


2017 - Faculty of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award

medical education
clinical medicine
infectious diseases
curriculum design
curriculum development
Research activities: 

Immunisation of patients with special needs; surgical infections; influenza immunisation

Clinical infectious Diseases

Impact of ethics learning modules on student knowledge and moral sensitivity;

Curriculum design - evaluation of innovation

Clinical Multi-centre studies:

- Clinical characteristics, aetiology and initial management strategy of peri-prosthetic joint infection: a multicentre, prospective observational cohort study

- Diabetic foot INfection lonGitudinal Outcome study (DINGO)

- EngageToPrevent: A multi-modal strategy to support patient involvement in infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship activities


Socio-economic Objective (SEO) tags: 
Education and Training
Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Teaching & Supervision
I am available to supervise: 
Areas of supervision: 

ILP, Honours, PhD

Currently supervising: 


Supervision keywords: 
bacterial and fungal diseases
virus diseases
medical education
immunisation programs
medical ethics

Associate Dean, Education and Innovation

Convenor of Foundations

Convenor of ethics in the medical program

Clinical tutor phase 1

Clinical supervisor phase 3

Mentor - Bioethics society

Mentor - Women in Medicine society

Educational innovator - involved in the digital uplift of teaching materials across the program

Media & Expertise
Areas of expertise: 

Teaching in medicine - both campus and clinical teaching; Medical ethics; curriculum design; clinical medicine and infectious diseases. Innovation in Education; VR learning in medicine

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