Helen Fraser

Helen Fraser

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Biomedicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Helen Fraser is a PhD student in Medical Education, specialising in the development of medical reasoning in the Case-Based Learning setting

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Medical Education

BA, Dip Ed., University of Adelaide

MAppLing, Macquarie University

My current PhD research is on the negotiation of knowledge and reasoning in Case-Based Learning in Medicine.  Methodologies combine Systemic Functional Linguistics and Legitimation Code Theory (LCT). The LCT tool of autonomy codes enables a detailed analysis of how the CBL knowledge is negotiated by participants. I have professional links with the Legitimation Code Theory (LCT) Centre for Knowledge-Building, University of Sydney established by Prof. Karl Maton.

I presented an LCT Roundtable on the topic of autonomy tours in CBL at University of Sydney, October 25th 2019.

A poster accepted by ANZAPHE 2019 applied the LCT tool of Epistemic Semantic Density to CBL to analyse the development of knowledge constellations in the early stages of a CBL case.

My previous Medical Education research (Masters of Applied Linguistics) has been on the development of reasoning in CBL in relation to the Reasoning Examination. 

Past Language and Literacy research projects include the NCELTR Critical Literacy Project and the NCELTR Spoken Language Project.


  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 - ongoing PhD candidate University of Adelaide
    1998 - 2018 IELTS examiner SABIT
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2006 Award Vice Chancellor's Commendation for academic excellence in postgraduate coursework Macquarie University Australia -
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    German Can understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2007 Macquarie University Australia Master Applied Linguistics
    University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts
    University of Adelaide Australia Diploma of Education
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    Graduate Certificate in Online Learning (Higher Education) University of Adelaide Australia
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    TAFE Certificate IV in Training TAFE SA Australia
    Certificate in Teaching English to Adult Immigrants Royal Society of the Arts UK
    Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language Royal Society of Arts United Kingdom
  • Research Interests

  • Books

    Year Citation
    1980 Fraser, H., De La Motte, F., & Cole, D. (1980). Lessons from the Vietnamese (1st ed.). Cambridge, UK: National Extension College.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2006 Fraser, H. L. (2006). A Comparative Systemic-Functional Analysis of Written Texts in Two Year 2 Medical Knowledge and Reasoning Examinations. (Master's Thesis).

Adelaide Medical School Research Travel Awards 2017

Helen Fraser co-ordinated the Academic Language and Learning Medicine Program. Teaching included courses for international and local undergraduate medical students, years 1-3, focussing on medical reasoning and doctor-patient communication skills, within the context of the MBBS, Year 4 MBBS Bridging Course and Year 6 Transition to Internship Program. 

 Consultations on language and communication, including pronunciation and on strategies for effective participation in the CBL program were provided.

  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2008 - 2103 Member MPPD Development Committee MLTU Australia
    2008 - 2010 Member Learning and Teaching Committee SPHCP Australia
    2008 - 2008 Chair Learning and Teaching Committee School of Population Health and Clinical Practice Australia
    2007 - 2016 Member Year 1 - 3 Committees School of Population Health and Clinical Practice Australia
    2006 - 2016 Member MBBS Boards of Examiners School of Medicine Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - ongoing Member ANZAPHE Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member ASFLA Australia
  • Event Participation

    Date Event Name Event Type Institution Country
    2006 - 2006 Association of Medical Educators in Europe (AMEE) Conference University of Adelaide United Kingdom
    2006 - 2006 AMEE Conference University of Adelaide Italy
    2003 - 2003 COMET (Communication, Medicine and Ethics) Conference University of Adelaide Australia

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