Karen is the Student Progression and Welfare Lead for the Doctor of Medicine Course at the School of Medicine, Deakin University. She also chairs the clinical years, Years 3 and 4, of the medical course across 5 clinical schools distributed across metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria.
Karen was one of the founding Faculty members of the School of Medicine, commencing in 2007 to design and develop clinical training across all years of the course to ensure graduates are highly competent and work ready – which has become a hallmark of graduating Deakin doctors. She is co-chair of the Australasian Collaboration for Clinical Assessment in Medicine (ACCLAiM), and participates in several Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ) working groups on professionalism; student support; and disability support. Karen has a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.
Karen is highly involved as a parent at The Geelong College, with three children currently spread across all campuses and one child recently graduated from the College.