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  • 18 Dec 2020 7:55 AM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

    It has certainly been quite a year at the ANZAHPE office!

    ANZAHPE’s usual routine and rhythm has been impacted in 2020 and it has been a time of challenge and change, but also one of triumph and achievement.

    ANZAHPE exists for its members, and it has been great to be part of the work around new ways for ANZAHPE to connect with members and the wider community.

    I believe ANZAHPE will truly benefit from the experiences of this year and feel there is much to look forward to in 2021.  

    Wishing you and yours peace, rest and happy times to all over the holiday season.

    Jill Romeo
    Executive Officer, ANZAHPE

  • 17 Dec 2020 7:32 PM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

    What a year!  As the lead for the Professional Development (PD) Portfolio I reflect on the expertise and generosity of ANZAHPE members and the wider Health Professional Community.   I have been honored to belong to a dedicated and inspirational group supporting the development of the ANZAHPE ONLINE PD program.  After the initial impact of COVID, this group were identified and quickly levered off the wonderful work by the 2020 Melbourne Conference organizing committee to plan and deliver a variety of PD opportunities during the year. 

    There have been many highs, some wonderful sessions,  as well as areas to learn from as we tried new things.  I applaud the community’s patience and kindness.  We started the program with a launch session in early July and ended the series of sessions in December.  We have recorded most of the sessions and  I recommend all to visit or revisit the Ways of Seeing exhibition.

    Looking forward we have already secured some exciting opportunities in 2021.   Click here for more details.

    The 2021 program starts with looking at  Learning in (and for) a digital world by the wonderful Margaret Bearman.  As we progress forward we will look to maximise the leaps in educational innovation.  Also during the first part of the year we will pilot a string of PEaRLS delivering a signature ANZAHPE learning approach online.  We are all enthusiastic to break new ground with these PD sessions.  

    ANZAHPE is an organisation that thrives on its community.  We are grateful for the ANZAHPE Fellows and Associates who have helped facilitate some of our sessions.  In 2021 we hope to involve more people in design as well as delivery of the PD program.  

    The following is a snap shot of some of the participants in the final session of the year.

    View highlights of the End of year special here.

    We hope to continue to learn with you in 2021. 
    Joy Rudland, Lead ANZAHPE PD portfolio

  • 16 Dec 2020 10:02 PM | Koshila Kumar (Administrator)

    Changes to FoHPE for 2021 

    We all recognised some positive aspects that emerged from 2020. The year also highlighted the need for change and better ways of working.  Your journal is no different and we would like to announce two main changes for FoHPE in 2021. One change is the move to Open Access, which we introduced several months ago (see more below). The other change is to our fee structure for publishing in FoHPE.   

    Open Access (OA) will be a bonus for ANZAHPE and its members.  Open Access is the way all journals will be heading within the next few yearsTherefore, now is the time for FoHPE to move to OA which is certain to increase the profile of FoHPE and provide the opportunity to be more broadly recognised as a regional (and international) publication for Health Professions Education, and a flagship activity of ANZAHPE. If you would like to know more about Open Access have a look at the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group website. 

    For ANZAHPE members, the fee structure for publishing in FoHPE will not change for 2021. This is a true benefit to ANZAHPE members as it allows you to maximise the visibility of your research with no change from our current publishing model.  Nevertheless, we have made some changes for non-member options as outlined below. 

    The time frame for both of these changes is 1st February 2021. So keep an eye on the FoHPE website for news.  In summary, for 2021:

    • For membersit is still free to publish in FoHPE  

    • For non-members, we are increasing the publication fee by 20% = $600 per paper 

    • For non-members, we are removing the option to join as a member at time of acceptance/publication i.e. authors must be an ANZAHPE member when submitting a paper to receive free publication if accepted. 

    To ensure a sustainable publication model, we will review publication fees in 2021, and anticipate that there may be some further increases to publication charges in 2022, for both members and non-members. However, members will always pay less to publish in FoHPE than non-members.

    What else is new at FoHPE? 

    The new Focus on Methodology series led by Prof Liz Molloy, has an exciting line-up of papers for 2021, including Prof Jenny Keating, Prof Ben Canny, Prof Lorelei Lingard and Prof Chris Watling See the previous issues, Volume 21.1, 2020  and the Volume 20.3, 2019 for featured papers in this exciting new series. At this stage, articles in this format are by invitation only but at a future date will be open to general submissions. 

    FoHPE accepts a range of manuscript types, including original research, reviews, innovative teaching and learning projects, short reports, discussion papers and letters to the editor. Details on all submission categories and guidelines are here

    Interested in joining the FoHPE Editorial Board? 

    The FoHPE Editorial Board is looking for new Associate Editors to join our collegial group of health professional education researchers. The Editorial Board acts as an advisory body to the Editor and the ANZAHPE Committee of Management on the editorial policy of the journal and coordinates peer-reviews of journal articles, among other tasks. Read more about the work of the Editorial Board here 

    If you’re interested in joining the Editorial Board, please send your CV and a one-page cover letter outlining your expression of interest to the current editor, Associate Professor Karen Scott at  

    Hot off the Press 

    We are excited to announce that Focus on Health Professional Education (FoHPE) has just published its latest issue - Volume 21.3, 2020. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here.

    Di Eley
    Vice President & FoPHE Liaison, ANZAHPE

  • 16 Dec 2020 9:56 PM | Koshila Kumar (Administrator)

    ANZAHPE’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) Sub-committee formed in 2020. The key purpose of this leadership group is to support ANZAHPE members to embed interprofessional education within their organisation.

    Led by Associate Professor Margo Brewer, the members of the committee are Honorary Secretary Megan Anakin, past Honorary Secretary Carole Steketee, Associate Professor Roger Dunston, Associate Professor Monica Moran and Professor Gary Rogers.  The Committee is currently finalising its 2021-23 operational plan. This plan includes:

    1. Increasing IPE resources: We currently have 24 resources developed for the Australian and/or New Zealand context on the Nexus global knowledge repository. We recently called for and continue to support the submission of new resources; through here submission document email  to
    2. Professional development for IPE: Stay tuned for an announcement of IPE professional development events in 2021. ANZAHPE’s 2021 conference program will also feature sessions dedicated to IPE.
    3. A small grant scheme: A call for grant submissions will be made in the next year.
    4. National Advisory Group: Following on from the national Securing an Interprofessional Futureproject, a national body¾the Australian Interprofessional Education Advisory Group (AIAG)¾will be established in 2021. This group brings together four peak bodies: ANZAHPE, the Australian Consumer Health Forum, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. The focus of the group is on supporting a collective, national approach to the development of IPE and collaborative practice.

    Members who are interested in IPE are encouraged to view the IPE resources on the ANZAHPE site and the other 1,900+ resources on the broader Nexus site. You may also like to join the Australasian Interprofessional Practice and Education Network (AIPPEN) and/or Interprofessional.Global: The Global Confederation for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.

    Margo Brewer
    Chair, ANZAHPE IPE Sub-committee

  • 16 Dec 2020 9:50 PM | Koshila Kumar (Administrator)

    What do you think about ANZAHPE? How do you want ANZAHPE to support you?

    ANZAHPE is committed to continually reviewing and improving what it does. The ANZAHPE Committee of Management is keen to hear from you about what you value about ANZAHPE and how ANZAHPE can support you in your role as a health professions educator, scholar and/or leader. 

    We warmly invite members, contacts, and broader health professions education community to provide feedback via this short online survey. The survey is anonymous and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

    Everyone who completes this survey is eligible to enter a prize draw. The prize is a free premium Professional Development event of the winner’s choosing from the 2021 ANZAHPE Online PD calendar.

    We greatly value your contribution and thank you in advance for your time.

    Koshila Kumar

    Membership Secretary

  • 16 Dec 2020 9:37 PM | Koshila Kumar (Administrator)

    I am an Education Adviser for the University of Otago Wellington Medical School. My background is in experimental psychology and I taught for many years before moving in to the field of staff development.  I have been working in health professional education for about six years, first as eLearning Facilitator before making the move to my current position. 

    My doctoral work in social psychology led to an interest in how and why students learn, in particular, what motivates students to learn in challenging environments. My current research areas focus on academic motivation in medical education and the use of technology, including mobile technology, to support learning in the health professions. 

    I became interested in applying for Associate Fellowship after attending two ANZAHPE conferences. I was impressed with the collegiality and passion for teaching and learning that I saw all around me and wanted to be a part of an organisation filled with individuals so committed to professional development.

    Tehmina Gladman

  • 16 Dec 2020 9:18 PM | Koshila Kumar (Administrator)

    ANZAHPE has always had a strong focus on promoting Diversity and Inclusion but in 2020 we have created a specific subcommittee to ensure we place Diversity and Inclusion at the front and centre of all ANZAHPE endeavours; in our organisation, in our presentations and our messages. 

    This is so that we can support and encourage our membership in their workplaces, in their teaching and in their interactions with clients and patients.  We are very aware that enacting inclusion and diversity within ANZAHPE and beyond is an on-going process of continual improvement to which ANZAHPE aspires. 

    We are always open to suggestions.  If you want to contribute or comment, please contact 

    Anna Vnuk
    Lead, Diversity and Inclusion 

  • 16 Dec 2020 8:50 PM | Koshila Kumar (Administrator)

    In 2021, the ANZAHPE Prize categories have been revised to encourage and celebrate new and emerging health professional educators and researchers. in 2021, there will be two student prizes and two early career researcher prizes; each prize is worth AU$500. 

    2019 Pre-registration student prize winners

    1. The ANZAHPE Pre-Registration Student Prize  – for an undergraduate student who has participated in education scholarship or research
    2. The ANZAHPE Post-Registration Student Prize  - for a postgraduate student who has participated in education scholarship or research
    3. The ANZAHPE Clinical Education Prize – for an early career clinical educator within 5 years of completing their undergraduate or a postgraduate degree and situated within a healthcare practice setting for their educational or scholarly efforts.
    4. The ANZAHPE Early Career Health Professions Education Research Prize – for a researcher within 5 years of completing their PhD.

    The closing date for prize applications is 28 February 2021. For more information including criteria and application materials, please visit the Awards and Prizes page on the ANZAHPE website.

    ANZAHPE also offers three awards. Please consider nominating an ANZAHPE colleague for an award. 

    1. ANZAHPE Honorary Membership : Honorary Membership is a prestigious category of membership which is intended to recognise exceptional, sustained contribution and loyalty to ANZAHPE over a long period of time.  
    2. The ANZAHPE award: The ANZAHPE Award is available each year in recognition of professional excellence or outstanding achievement in the field of health professional education. The Award may be presented for professional excellence in such areas as health professional education, research, or service to ANZAHPE. 
    3. Flinders University-ANZAHPE Award: This award honours an outstanding individual or team that demonstrates excellence in innovative and research informed education for students from health professions to support excellence in the delivery of patient-centred health care.

    We thank Australian Medicines Handbook, Flinders University and Prof Richard Hays for their support of the ANZAHAPE prizes.


    Deadline for nominations is 30 April 2021.

    For more information including criteria and application materials, please visit the Awards and Prizes page on the ANZAHPE website.

    Megan Anakin
    Hon Secretary, ANZAHPE

  • 16 Dec 2020 8:32 PM | Koshila Kumar (Administrator)

    ANZAHPE grants are intended to encourage quality research into any issue associated with the education of health professionals. 

    In 2021, ANZAPHE is offering up to four Research Grants  for funding up to $5000  each. Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate a link to ANZAHPE’s strategic priorities, which are to:  

    1. Support research and scholarship in health professions education
    2. Develop national and international networks, partnerships and collaborations
    3. Provide strategic leadership around key issues in health professions education
    4. Advocate for equity and justice in relation to health professions education

    To access more information about the research grant application materials and process, please visit the Research grants page of the ANZAHPE website.  

    The deadline for research grants is 31 March 2021. We encourage anyone interested in applying for a research grant to attend the ANZAHPE professional development event 'Writing a competitive research grant in Health Professions Education' to be held on 11th March 2021. 

    Megan Anakin

    Hon Secretary, ANZAHPE

  • 16 Dec 2020 8:09 PM | Koshila Kumar (Administrator)

    I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and share some thoughts about ANZAHPE and future directions. I have been fortunate to have been recently elected as President of ANZAHPE; a position I will hold until the next AGM in July 2021. This has come about due to recent resignation of Chinthaka Balasooriya, who demonstrated remarkable leadership during his tenure as ANZAHPE President (more about Chinthaka later). 

    I initially trained in medicine, and have been fortunate enough to have pursued a career following my passions and vocations. Primary among these is my love of education.  Son of a High School Biology teacher, I have always held a belief, which subsequently developed into a known fact, that education has potential to emancipate, improve and make people healthier. I was a student member of ANZAME (the precursor of ANZAHPE (interestingly ANZAHPE de-differentiated in maturation)), and I have been actively in involved in ANZAHPE the last decade (as a Committee of Management (CoM) member, Vice President and now President). My academic career has always focussed on education, and have been lucky enough have led the Monash MBBS curriculum and been Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania. 

    My take on the challenges of the past year is they are allowing us to concentrate on what is important, and demonstrate our true resilience. The ways that Australia and New Zealand have responded to the pandemic are truly remarkable. While we both possess some natural geographical advantages, they speak to our belief and trust in data and evidence, our commitment to the common good, and probably, despite the way we like to project our images, the fact we are a pretty compliant mob.

    In education, I have seen people respond with incredible ingenuity, embrace innovations, and really ask the questions of “what is important, and where is the evidence to support current practices?” Things will inevitably change, and I really hope that we don’t “waste a crisis” to ensure that the “new normal” is an improvement on the old. To keep the cliches going, however, we need to respect traditions and not “throw the baby out with the bathwater”. 

    When the ANZAHPE Committee oManagement (CoM) addressed the reality of what was happening in 2020, there were two dominant reflections. First, how fortunate we were that we had a firm financial base as a buffer (thanks to previous CoMs, Presidents and Treasurers, and convenors of previous conferences (Julie Ash and Zsuszoka Kesckes, in particular)), and second, now is the time to support our membership. 

    To address the first, CoM is being cautious in its budgeting, and is actively looking at ways that we increase our revenue in the absence of a conference. We are particularly thinking about Industry sponsorship, and our Treasurer and Executive Officer (Jo Tai and Jill Romeo) are exploring options.  Any contacts or suggestions from membership will be greatly appreciated. 

    ANZAHPE is our membership, and we exist for the single reason of advancing Health Professions Education, through supporting our members. I would like to thank the newly formed Professional Development team (led by Joy Rudland) for the rapid and agile work they have done in developing the PD program for 2020, which I know many of you have enjoyed. PD is an aspect of ANZAHPE activity that will continue, rather than being an activity we get when we come to the conference. I am keen to hear from any members who have thoughts about how we can do things better. 

    We have taken the decision to go online for our Conference in 2021, with the possibility of supported local hubs to ensure that the important social and networking functions of a conference are not completely lost. Its theme is “Moving Forward in Ambiguity”, and a call for Abstracts is shortly to be released, with an abstract submission deadline of the end of February.  I would like to take the opportunity to thank Dale Sheehan and her team in Christchurch for all the work they did in preparing for 2021, and the generous fashion in which they have accepted the difficult decision that was reached. We are working with EventStudio (formerly Plevin and Associates) to determine the best platform to support the conference.  More about the conference later. 

    Finally, I would like to reflect upon the CoM. They are a great group of people with boundless talent that augurs well for the future of ANZAHPE. We are truly fortunate that Chinthaka has agreed to stay on the CoM, leading initiatives in international relations, in particular with AMEE and IAMSE, but hopefully further. Chinthaka was a wonderful President of ANZAHPE, a tenure typified by his quiet and considered nature, that was always inclusive and focussed on the strategic. He was never afraid to ask the difficult question, and in so doing enabled the rest of CoM to reflect and take tough decisions. I applaud his generous and brave decision to relinquish the presidency. He was wise enough to realise that the pressures of 2020 meant that the “day job” would not allow him to serve his passion fairly.  As one who tends to believe you can just push on, I have much to learn from this action. 

    Have a great end of year, and I hope you can get some rest, and spend time with loved ones. I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes: 

    The reasonable person adapts themself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to themself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable person." – adapted from GB Shaw (Man and Superman) 

    Be unreasonable, but nice with it!! 

    Ben Canny 

    President, ANZAHPE

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