Researcher

Professor Nalini Pather

My Expertise

Clinical Anatomy, Paediatrics, Women's health

Medical Imaging, CT, MRI

Applied Anatomy, Human Development, Brain function

Ethics in Medicine, Visualisation and Virtual/Augmented Reality

Medical eduction, blended learning, NextGen technologies, education pedagogy, teaching technologies

 

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Nalini leads a research group (Applied Anatomy and Imaging Technologies Research) investigating anatomical applications and imaging technology in clinical practice and education. We investigate multiple imaging techniques (medical imaging, 3D visualisation, 3D modelling and mixed reality, AR and VR) and their use in clinical practice, anthropology and education. Our special interests are in age-related applications (from paediatrics to...view more

Nalini leads a research group (Applied Anatomy and Imaging Technologies Research) investigating anatomical applications and imaging technology in clinical practice and education. We investigate multiple imaging techniques (medical imaging, 3D visualisation, 3D modelling and mixed reality, AR and VR) and their use in clinical practice, anthropology and education. Our special interests are in age-related applications (from paediatrics to aged-care), women’s health, mental health and wellness, and integration in workplace.  

Nalini completed her PhD (2009) in South Africa and has expertise in cutting-edge research techniques (ranging from applications in cell biology to advanced micro-dissection skills, 3D modelling and printing, mixed reality). These skills enable her to interrogate advances in medical technologies to enable translation to workplace, and public advocacy.  Her research successes include collaboration with clinicians, biomedical engineers, legal experts and specialists in the humanities. Nalini is currently supervising five HDR students.

Nalini has more than 20 years’ experience in design and implementation of educational innovation in medicine and health science programs in a number of countries, including South Africa, North America and the UK. Nalini currently teaches into the UNSW Medicine programme as well as to Exercise Physiology, Biomedical Engineering and Medical Science students. She has won several awards (Faculty, Vice-Chancellor, Australian OLT citation awards) for her contributions to higher education. 

 


Professor Nalini Pather

Head: Department of Anatomy

Group Leader: Applied Anatomy and Imaging Technologies Research

Qualifications: BMedSci (Hons), MMedSci ClinAnat (cum laude), PhD, GCULT

UNSW Scientia Education Fellow


Nalini regularly serves the wider community in the following current roles:

International:

 - International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA):

    - Co-Editor, PLEXUS (Newsletter of the IFAA): 2007- current

    -  Scientific Chair, IFAA 2009 Congress, Cape Town, South Africa: 2009

 - Anatomical Sciences Education

    - Editorial Board: 2014-current

 - British Medical Journal Medical Education

   - Associate Editor: 2019

National:

 - Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA)

   - ANZACA Council Member: 2014- current

   - Co-Chair of ANZACA 2012 Organising Committee: 2012

 

 


My Grants

2016   Carnegie/Wits Diaspora Fellowship

2016    UNSW Strategic Educational Development Grant

2015    Health Workforce Australia Grant

2015    UNSW Strategic Educational Development Grant

2014    UNSW Strategic Educational Development Grant

2014    BEST Network Partner Grant

2011    Ramaciotti Establishment Grant

2008-2010    National Research Foundation (South Africa)


My Qualifications

BMedSci (Hons), MMedSci (cum laude), GCULT, PhD


My Awards

2016    Australian Office of Learning and Teaching Citation

2016    Wits Diaspora Fellowship: Blended Learning Integration

2015    UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award: Teaching Excellence

2015    UNSW Medicine Faculty Teaching Award: Teaching Excellence

2015    UNSW SoMS Teaching Award: Teaching Excellence

2015    UNSW Medicine Faculty Teaching Award: Innovation in Learning & Teaching

2013    UNSW SoMS Teaching Award: New Lecturer

2012    Wits Medicine Faculty Research Award: New Researcher


My Research Activities

Invited Talks:

 UNSW:

  • UNSW Learning and Teaching Connections Seminar, Invited Seminar: 2012, 2015, 2016
  • UNSW Learning and Teaching Forum, Invited Speaker: 2013, 2014, 2015. 2016, 2018
  • UNSW Medicine TELT, Invited Speaker: 2013, 2015 

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Australian Catholic University Health Innovation Symposium, Invited Speaker: Sydney, 2012
  • ANZ Association of Clinical Anatomists, Invited Speaker: Sydney, 2012
  • ANZ Association of Clinical Anatomists, Invited Speaker: University of Queensland, 2013
  • BEST Network Launch, Invited Speaker: University of Melbourne, 2013
  • BEST Network Summit, Invited Speaker: University of Sydney, 2015
  • Macquarie University Teaching Forum: May 2014

 International:

  • Meeting of the International Federation of Anatomical Associations (IFAA), Invited Symposia Speaker: China, 2014
  • Wits Learning and Teaching Forum, Keynote Speaker: South Africa, 2015
  • BEST Webinar, Invited Speaker: International Webinar, 2015
  • Meeting of the International Federation of Anatomical Associations (IFAA), Invited Symposia Speaker: South Africa, 2009

 


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Medical Education

  • Immersive/virtual reality
  • Technology-enabled learning
  • Assessment
  • Student engagement and learning
  • Collaborative learning and teamwork
  • Reflective practice
  • Blended learning
  • Cognitive load theory

Clinical, Radiological and Surgical Anatomy

  • Paediatric anatomy
  • Surgical landmarks
  • Neurovascular
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Imaging

Currently supervising

Current PhDs

  • Standards for anatomy in health professional degrees
  • Paediatric anatomy in anaesthetic practice
  • 3D printing and immersive reality for surgical planning
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Location

Room 212, Wallace Wurth Building
Medicine
UNSW

Contact

+61 2 9385 8025