MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, SFHEA, AFANZAPHE, FHERDSA, GradDip Bioethics, GradCert University Learning & Teaching,
Adrienne Torda is 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. Her teaching philosophy is student centred and incorporates adult learning theories with the latest available modalities for designing and delivering medical education. Her educational passions include innovation in education, partnering with students, role modelling, and mentoring. A current focus is on the development of a forward looking curriculum which integrates teaching students problem solving, analytical thinking, reflective practice, communication skills and teamwork with more traditional medical content and competencies. She is involved in curriculum design across the entire undergraduate medical program and also teaches medical students from first to final year, across both campus and the workplace (hospital).
She also champions gender equity and inclusive leadership and is the Gender Champion for UNSW (2019/2020). This also allows her to apply an inclusive lens to her educational design.
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
2017 - Faculty of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award
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
Adrienne Torda has been a gender co-champion at UNSW since the beginning of 2019. Her term was due to finish at the conclusion of 2020, but has been extended until March 2021. She is also on the steering committee of the Women's Wellbeing Academy and the Athena Swan Self assessment team.
She is the faculty representative to the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand, the Medical Education Collaborative Committee and the MDANZ representative to the Australian Medical Council - Digitalisation of the Medical Workforce steering comitte.
She is also a member of the TGA Australian Vaccine Committee.
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