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Dr Tracy Denning

BAppSci (RMIT), MOsteo (RMIT), AdvDipMyo (RMIT), GradCert in Tertiary Ed, Registered Osteopath

Senior Lecturer, College of Health & Biomedicine

Tracy is a Senior lecturer in osteopathy at Victoria University (VU). She is passionate about education and has a strong interest in educational theory and research, simulation education and organisational theory. Developing curriculum is a passion of Tracy’s and since commencing her appointment at VU in late 2013, she has led the development of the new osteopathic curriculum that was implemented in 2016. Tracy and her colleague Brett Vaughan, also designed a longitudinal evaluation strategy, which will compare graduates of the traditional lecture based osteopathic curriculum and the new integrated curriculum. This is the first osteopathic program in Australia to move towards this style of curriculum.

Tracy has been involved in projects on various aspects of medical education including rural general practice, surgical training, simulated patients (SPs) and leadership. She has worked on Health Workforce Australia funded projects and was the evaluations officer for the national health education and training in Simulation (NHET-Sim) Program. She currently works as a workshop facilitator for Health Education Australia Limited (HEAL), delivering SP workshops across Australia.

Working with patients is something Tracy enjoys and she worked in a private osteopathic practice for eight years. She recently stopped working in the clinic to focus on her professional triathlon career. While she no longer treats patients directly, Tracy sees manual therapy becoming more prominent with the increasing incidence of chronic musculoskeletal conditions in Australia and is excited to see the future of the osteopathic profession in this changing healthcare landscape.

Tracy has an interest in teaching research methods, anatomy and neuroanatomy. 


Refereed journal articles

Vaughan B, Morrison T. (2015) Assessment in final year clinical practicum of an Australian osteopathic program. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 18:278-286.

Morrison T, Brown J, Bryant M, Nestel D. (2014) Multi-level learners in general practice: A multiple case study. BMC Medical Education; 14:234

Vaughan B, Morrison T, Macfarlane C, Buttigieg D, Fryer G. (2014) Approaches to low back pain – osteopathy. Australian Family Physician; 43:4

Vaughan B, Carter A, Macfarlane C, Morrison T. (2014) The DREEM, Part 1: Measurement of the educational environment in an osteopathy teaching program. BMC Medical Education;15:99

Conference papers

Morrison T, Walker J, Bryant M, Nestel D (2012). Faculty development, leadership and organisational culture in a rural medical school - a case study, integrating research, evaluation and problem solving: Summer IREPS 2012, The University Simon Bolivar, Venezuela, 1-5. 

Conference presentations

Morrison T, Vaughan B, Macfarlane C. (2015) Students perceptions of near peer teaching in first year osteopathic unit – a focus group study at Australian New Zealand Association for Health Professional Education (ANZAHPE) conference,  Newcastle, Australia

Morrison T, Vaughan B, Macfarlane C. (2014) New approaches to osteopathic research – qualitative research designs at Australian Osteopathic Association national conference, Sunshine Coast, Australia

Morrison T, Vaughan B, Macfarlane C. (2014) The future of osteopathic education – what will our future graduates look like? at Australian Osteopathic Association national conference, Sunshine Coast, Australia

Morrison T, Brown J, Bryant M, Kassell L, Villanueva E, Nestel D (2012). Multi-level learners in general practice at General Practice Education and Training (GPET) convention, Melbourne.

Morrison T, Peterson E, Mudarikwa R, Nestel D (2012). Leadership in a medical curriculum – a qualitative study at Australian New Zealand Association for Health Professional Education (ANZAHPE) conference, Rotarua, New Zealand. 

Teaching responsibilities

  • Anatomy and neuroanatomy
  • Research
  • Academic skills
  • Problem based learning


Professional memberships

  • Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia
  • Australian Osteopathic Association
  • Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Areas of expertise

  • Anatomy education
  • Educational research
  • Organisational culture
  • Qualitative research
  • Simulation and simulated patients

Contact details

+61 3 9919 1158