Port Macquarie Campus Academic Profiles


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A/Professor Ray Hodgson, MB BS Syd., MRCOG Lond., FRACOG
Director of Medical Education
Email: r.hodgson@unsw.edu.au

Specialty: Obstetrics, Gynaecology

A/Professor Hodgson is the senior Obstetrics and Gynaecology tutor and Director of Medical Education at Port Macquaire campus. He is the Supervisor for the O & G Term in both Phase 2 and Phase 3. Ray has been with the School since 2004. During his tenure, the RANZCOG prize for highest performing student in O&G has been won by a Port Macquarie student, three times.

Ray is the founder of Australians for Women’s Health Initiative – an internationally recognized organization providing gynaecological and maternal education and care to under privileged women of Nepal. For his work, Ray was recently named Port Macquarie Citizen of the Year and nominated for a Pride of Australia award.

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Dr Linda Ferrington, PGCHE, SFHEA
Phase 1 Academic Program Coordinator
Director of Research
: l.ferrington@unsw.edu.au

Linda Ferrington is the academic coordinator for Phase 1 Medicine within the Rural Clinical School, Port Macquarie campus. Her key responsibilities include teaching, assessment, and development of the Medicine curriculum; designing and delivering engaging, challenging learning experiences for adult learners .
Linda has an active role in supporting student wellbeing and is academic lead for the Student Wellbeing Community of Practice. Linda holds a PhD in neuroscience and spent a decade in postdoctoral experimental work before embracing a career in Science education. Linda moved to Australia from Edinburgh, Scotland four years ago to take up her role with UNSW.


A/Prof Andrew Last
Phase 2 Academic Program Coordinator



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Dr Michael Prowse
Phase 3 Academic Program Coordinator
: m.prowse@unsw.edu.au

Specialty: Rheumatologist

Mike is a senior clinical medical tutor and examiner with special interest in rheumatology.  He is a double winner of Tutor of the Year at Port Macquarie campus. Mike has been a member of the Australian side for Touch Football and an active participant in touch football at the local and campus level.

Dr Jessica Macer-Wright, PhD, FHEA
Lecturer, Phase 1 Medicine
Laboratory Manager

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Karan Bland
Associate Lecturer, Phase 1 Medicine

Karan Bland is an Associate Lecturer (Education Focused) for Phase 1 Medicine within the Rural Clinical School, Port Macquarie Campus. Her key roles are teaching, assessment and laboratory work. Karan is actively engaged in student well-being and support, is currently a member of the Student Wellbeing Community of Practice, the Teaching with Equity and Diversity Community of Practice and the Indigenous Health Education Working Group. Karan’s background is in medical science, graduating from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Medical Science, and she has more than 30 years experience working in both medical and environmental laboratories. She is currently studying for a Masters of Education (Higher Education) with a focus on  rural student health and wellbeing.

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