Ben Canny

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Ben Canny

Head, School of Medicine

Room Level 2, 266, Medical Sciences Precinct (MS2), Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 4784 (phone)

+61 3 6226 4788 (fax)

Professor Ben Canny is the Head of Medicine where he is responsible for the Divisions of Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychology and Paramedicine that teach approximately 4,000 students. The School is also actively involved with research, playing a leading role in the University's theme of Better Health.

Prior to this, he was Deputy Dean (MBBS) in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. In this role, he was responsible for the overall academic governance of the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Medical) degree, working closely with colleagues in Victoria and Malaysia. Professor Canny was President of the Academic Board of Monash University, and has been Chair of the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee. He was President of the Endocrine Society of Australia between 2002 and 2004.

Professor Canny obtained his MBBS and BMedSc from the University of Adelaide, before completing his internship. After studying in the Department of Medicine at Prince Henry's Hospital, he obtained his PhD in stress endocrinology from Monash. A two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia followed, after which Professor Canny returned to Australia to take up an academic position within the Department of Physiology in 1992. He has maintained an active research and teaching profile, focusing on various aspects of stress, reproductive and metabolic endocrinology, as well as on ethics and professional and clinical skills.

Career summary



Thesis title





Glucocorticoids and the Hypothalamo-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis

Monash University





University of Adelaide



BMedSc (1st Class Hons)

Relaxin and the Uterine Cervix

University of Adelaide




Professional practice

  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • AMEE
  • Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professions Education

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Research Themes

Prof Canny's research aligns to the University's research theme of Better Health. He is particular interested in endocrine and metabolism research, along with medical education research, focussing on assessment.

Fields of Research

  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)
  • Exercise Physiology (110602)
  • Medical and Health Sciences (119999)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Respiratory Diseases (110203)
  • Rural Sociology (160804)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences (970111)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Respiratory System and Diseases (incl. Asthma) (920115)
  • Evaluation of Health Outcomes (920204)
  • Learner and Learning Processes (930102)
  • Rural Health (920506)
  • Health (929999)
  • Health Inequalities (920206)


Total publications


Journal Article

(16 outputs)
2018Mercer A, Hay M, Hodgson WC, Canny BJ, Puddey IB, 'The relative predictive value of undergraduate versus graduate selection tools in two Australian medical schools', Medical Teacher ISSN 0142-159X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2018.1426839 [eCite] [Details]


2017Tai JHM, Canny BJ, Haines TP, Molloy EK, 'Implementing peer learning in clinical education: a framework to address challenges in the 'real world'', Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 29, (2) pp. 162-172. ISSN 1040-1334 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10401334.2016.1247000 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1


2017Walpole SC, Vyas A, Maxwell J, Canny BJ, Woollard R, et al., 'Building an environmentally accountable medical curriculum through international collaboration', Medical Teacher, 39, (10) pp. 1040-1050. ISSN 0142-159X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1342031 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2


2017Tai JH, Canny BJ, Haines TP, Molloy EK, 'Identifying Opportunities for Peer Learning: An Observational Study of Medical Students on Clinical Placements', Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 29, (1) pp. 13-24. ISSN 1532-8015 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10401334.2016.1165101 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3


2016DeWitt D, Canny B, Nitzberg M, Choudri J, Porter S, 'Medical student satisfaction, coping and burnout in direct-entry versus graduate-entry programmes', Medical education, 50, (6) pp. 637-45. ISSN 0308-0110 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/medu.12971 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2016Tai J, Molloy E, Haines T, Canny B, 'Same-level peer-assisted learning in medical clinical placements: a narrative systematic review', Medical Education, 50, (4) pp. 469-484. ISSN 0308-0110 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/medu.12898 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 10


2016Tai JH, Canny B, Haines TP, Molloy EK, 'The role of peer-assisted learning in building evaluative judgement: opportunities in clinical medical education', Advances in Health Sciences Education, 21, (3) pp. 659-76. ISSN 1382-4996 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10459-015-9659-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 10


2015Holden CA, Collins VR, Pomeroy S, Turner R, Canny B, et al., ''We don't know what we need to learn': Medical student perceptions of preparedness for practice in men's health', Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi Discipline Journal, 16, (4) pp. 23-37. ISSN 1442-1100 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.11157/fohpe.v16i4.96 [eCite] [Details]


2015Pearce J, Edwards D, Fraillon J, Coates H, Canny B, et al., 'The rationale for and use of assessment frameworks: improving assessment and reporting quality in medical education', Perspectives on Medical Education, 4, (3) pp. 110-118. ISSN 2212-2761 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s40037-015-0182-z [eCite] [Details]


2014Mason RR, Meex RCR, Russell AP, Canny B, Watt MJ, 'Cellular Localization and Associations of the Major Lipolytic Proteins in Human Skeletal Muscle at Rest and during Exercise', Public Library of Science, 9, (7) Article e103062. ISSN 1932-6203 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103062 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12


2014Tai JHM, Haines TP, Canny B, Molloy EK, 'A study of medical students' peer learning on clinical placements: What they have taught themselves to do', Journal of Peer Learning, 7 Article 6. ISSN 2200-2359 (2014) [Refereed Article]

[eCite] [Details]


2013Mann C, Canny B, Reser DH, Rajan R, 'Poorer verbal working memory for a second language selectively impacts academic achievement in university medical students', PeerJ, 1 Article e22. ISSN 2167-8359 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.7717/peerj.22 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 2


2013Wilkinson D, Canny B, Pearce JV, Coates HB, Edwards DJ, 'Assessment of medical students' learning outcomes in Australia: Current practice, future possibilities', Medical Journal of Australia, 199, (9) pp. 578-580. ISSN 0025-729X (2013) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.5694/mja13.10061 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2


2012Mason RR, Meex RC, Lee-Young R, Canny BJ, Watt MJ, 'Phosphorylation of adipose triglyceride lipase Ser(404) is not related to 5'-AMPK activation during moderate-intensity exercise in humans', American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, 303, (4) pp. E534-E541. ISSN 0193-1849 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1152/ajpendo.00082.2012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15


2012Stepto Nk, Benziane B, Wadley GD, Chibalin BJ, Canny BJ, et al., 'Short-Term Intensified Cycle Training Alters Acute and Chronic Responses of PGC1α and Cytochrome C Oxidase IV to Exercise in Human Skeletal Muscle', PL o S One, 7, (12) Article e53080. ISSN 1932-6203 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0053080 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 24


2011Laker RC, Henry BA, Wadley GD, Clarke IJ, Canny BJ, et al., 'Central infusion of leptin does not increase AMPK signaling in skeletal muscle of sheep', American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 300, (2) pp. R511-8. ISSN 0363-6119 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1152/ajpregu.00079.2010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Supporting respiratory research (2016)$100,000
This donation is intended to support the work of the Breathe Well NHMRC CRE, based in the School of Medicine. The Centres NHMRC funding concludes this year. In particular, the donation is to support the completion of PhD projects and fund strategic research involving collaboration between respiratory researchers in the Faculty. This will enable the researchers to seek further NHMRC funding.
Donation via University of Tasmania Foundation ($100,000)
Donation - Individual
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Canny B; Walters EH; Zosky GR; O'Toole RF; Ferguson SG; Peterson GM; Sohal SS

Research Supervision




PhDImplementation of AUSDRISK Screening for Type 2 Diabetes2016
PhDImpact of Translational Medical Research on Haematology Practice2016
PhDHealth System Sustainability: New perspectives from macroeconomics and ecological economics2017