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  • 29 Sep 2022 8:33 AM | Kendall Marriott (Administrator)

    President's Report: September 2022 - Jo Bishop, ANZAHPE President

    This year’s ANZAHPE Festival was held online with the overarching theme of “Partnerships”.

    Following the inaugural 100% virtual event of ANZAHPE 2021, the 2022 Festival committee were committed to building on its success and delivering an improved festival over a series of days in July.

    Furthermore, 2022 marked the 50th Anniversary for ANZAHPE, a milestone and reason to provide additional elements into the program to help celebrate.

    I would like to thank again the festival (scientific) committee in all their work to ensure a successful event, from abstract review to program allocation.

    Whilst COVID 19 had reached its peak in 2021, the impact of the pandemic was still present in 2022. The new year bought an introduction of different strains of the virus further impacting on the health and education system, already under pressure. Delivering another virtual event in 2022 seemed to be the right path to ensure safety of the delegates and confidence in moving forward in the planning process.

    The festival aimed to improve on the 2021 delivery with additional themes, additional streams and improving the flow and user experience by increasing the number of presentations grouped together. We also incorporated six Networking Hubs in the Festival program, as an opportunity for colleagues to network with their local peers. This element of the program centred around the opening plenary session allowing delegates and guests to interact and see each other face to face, participating in the official program and formalities whilst celebrating the 50th anniversary of ANZAHPE.

    The festival sessions recognised the ongoing partnerships between members and key stakeholders as well as the new partnerships that have been formed. This is a reflection of ANZAHPE’s activities over the last twelve months, as the association continues to grow and support the needs of our most important constituents, you, the members.

    The “success” of the festival must be measured against a range of factors, such as positive outcomes for participants, the successful delivery of presentations at the live event and the number of delegates who attended.

    We had 372 delegates attend, with the majority of delegates responding to the online survey were satisfied with the Conference. 93.62% considered the relevance of Conference presentations and topics to be ‘good to very good’ and 91.30% rating the quality of streamed events as ‘good to very good’. The festival program included three invited plenary presenters, a Panel session and up to 5 concurrent sessions covering the themes of IPL, Ed Tech, Professionalism Culture and Welfare, Assessment, Curriculum, Faculty Development, Symposia, PeArLS and Workshops. A 6th Stream was introduced to include Poster Discussion Groups. ANZAHPE PeArLS remain popular with attendee comments such as “really valued the PeArLs this year - great topics which allowed robust discussion”.

    Again, many delegates requested we return to face to face, and it is my pleasure to confirm that the 2023 ANZAHPE conference will take place on the Gold Coast between June 26th – June 29th. We have had a strong interest from members to join the local organising committee. You can visit our conference page here. More information will be released soon.

    We would like to thank Professor Trevor Gibbs for all of his support to ANZAHPE whilst in his role, including participation in the ANZAHPE-AMEE symposium during the festival.

    We welcome our continued collaborations and continued relationship with Dr Bonny Dickinson (President of IAMSE) and Dr Subha Ramaniin her role as President of AMEE.

    Dr Subha Ramani (AMEE), Dr Bonny Dickinson (IAMSE) and Jo Bishop (ANZAHPE)

  • 13 Sep 2022 10:52 AM | Kendall Marriott (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Associate Professor Christina Johnson of The University of Melbourne, one of the ANZAHPE early career prize winners (Supported by Richard Hays), for her Project titled: Guiding educators in learner-centred feedback: designing, testing and refining; the feedback quality instrument

    "I was fortunate to be awarded a 2022 ANZAHPE prize for my PhD research on developing the Feedback Quality Instrument (FQI), conducted at the University of Melbourne. The FQI describes practical ways for educators to support learners to improve through clinical feedback conversations. The prize brings multiple benefits including recognition of quality research, opportunity to present at the conference with complimentary registration, plus $500. I am very grateful to the Society for such a generous award. I highly recommend others apply!

    Hence, I presented at the ANZAHPE conference, which enabled me to showcase our research and discuss it with others. There is rich health professions education community across Australia and New Zealand, and the conference provides wonderful opportunities to hear about so many interesting research projects. I hope winning the prize will open up future opportunities for collaborations, and maybe even increase our chances of future research funding!"

  • 1 Sep 2022 8:38 AM | Kendall Marriott (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our newest Associate Fellow of ANZAHPE, Amanda Burdett.

    After earning her degree in Exercise Physiology at UNSW, Amanda Burdett worked in the allied health industry as an Accredited Exercise Scientist and Physiologist, in athletes/sports, clinical services and business management roles across several businesses, including her own! After 5 years of doing that, Amanda took an opportunity to come full circle and return to UNSW to a professional role managing clinical placements for the very Exercise Physiology program she studied, before her passion teaching students within UNSW’s campus clinic saw her transition into an academic role. Amanda’s educational research has focused on the development of suitable assessment tools and marking rubrics to enhance both the student and assessor experience.

    "Several very esteemed colleagues, who are also recognised as ANZAHPE Fellows and Associate Fellows, had encouraged me to present my work at the ANZAHPE conference, which I did and thoroughly enjoyed the conference overall. After that experience I was excited to link in with like minded health professional educators to learn from and network with to continually improve my practice, so decided to apply for ANZAHPE Fellowship." - Amanda Burdett

  • 31 Aug 2022 4:03 PM | Kendall Marriott (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Sinead Kado of the University of Western Australia, winner of the 2022 ANZAHPE Post-registration Student Prize (Sponsored by Australian Medicines Handbook)

    Hear from Sinead about her experience at the ANZAHPE conference and why she applied for a prize.

    "As an early career researcher, I have often felt overwhelmed by the mountain I need to climb. However, ANZAHPE has been the comrade that has encouraged me to keep climbing one step at a time. Many of the members have been official and unofficial mentors and I attend the ongoing faculty development sessions. It was from one of these sessions that I was encouraged to apply for a student prize. My supervisors, ANZAHPE mentor (Anna Vnuk) and Megan Anakin all provided valuable feedback on my drafts. The conference afforded me an opportunity to present my work and attend many useful sessions. I particularly enjoy the workshops as they provide an opportunity to network with others.  I would encourage others to be brave, start climbing the mountain, reach out for support and even if you don't win the prize you will have improved your thinking and writing."

  • 18 Aug 2022 2:50 PM | Kendall Marriott (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Professor Stephen Tobin on his appointment of ANZAHPE Fellow. 

    About Professor Stephen Tobin

    Stephen Tobin is Professor of Clinical Education and Associate Dean at the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University.

    Over 20 years he moved from full time regional surgical practice to almost full time medical education. He holds GradCert in Clin Ed from UNSW and MSurgicalEd from University of Melbourne.

    He has previously worked for the latter, plus Deakin University, University of Notre Dame Rural Clinical School and was Dean at RACS for over six years.

    He received FRCS(Edin) ad hom in 2018 for service to surgery and surgical education.

    Stephen is currently involved with EPAs as workplace-based assessments, professionalism for students and staff, e-portfolio and overall non-graded progressive assessment for medical students. These can be linked as clinical performance for safe high-quality patient care.

    Becoming Fellow of ANZAHPE recognises this work and also becomes opportunity for more contribution to the Association. He is willing to be a mentor and currently mentors some of the WSU faculty.

  • 17 Aug 2022 3:51 PM | Kendall Marriott (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Dr Priya Martin of The University of Queensland, one of the ANZAHPE early career prize winners (Supported by Richard Hays).

    As a recipient of the 2022 ANZAHPE Early Career Health Professions Education Research Prize, I had the privilege to share about my post-doctoral research journey and it’s influence on policy, training, and practice, at the recent ANZAHPE conference. It was a great opportunity to share what I have been able to achieve and influence since receiving the ANZAHPE Post-registration Student Prize in 2017.

    These prizes have given me a platform to represent those from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and those underrepresented including women in academia, those with caring responsibilities, or those based rurally. While these additional barriers cannot be underestimated, they can be navigated with support from the right mentors and collaborators, fuelled by your vision and passion to make a difference.

    The beauty of ANZAHPE is the abundance of experienced, inclusive mentors that are devoted to nurturing the next generation. To pass this onwards, I mentor a number of students and junior researchers and ensure junior researcher representation on project teams where able. The ANZAHPE conference is a great opportunity to identify suitable mentors and collaborators, and to showcase your work and achievements that can inspire others. We all can play a part in embracing diversity and making research and the workplace more inclusive. 

    - Dr Priya Martin, Senior Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

  • 17 Aug 2022 12:42 PM | Kendall Marriott (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Dylan Mayer of UNSW, winner of the 2022 ANZAHPE Pre-registration Student Prize (Sponsored by Australian Medicines Handbook)

    "It has been a privilege and honour to be a part of the 2022 ANZAHPE Conference, and to have been awarded this year’s Pre-Registration Student Prize for my submission ‘Tossing Away the Too Hard Basket: Faculty-Student Partnership in Advocacy, Design and Implementation of a Gendered Violence Curriculum in Medical School’. This work represents an 18 month long (and ongoing!) collaboration of faculty and students committed to integrating an interdisciplinary, intersectional and trauma-informed curriculum covering sexual assault, domestic and family violence across our six year degree.  

    I would highly encourage all students to be a part of the unique opportunities ANZAHPE presents. As medical students, we are not often able to see ‘behind the curtain’ to appreciate the extraordinary innovation and passion that goes into our education.  

    In the final year of my course, the ANZAHPE Conference presented a meaningful birds-eye perspective on the learning, and community, that defined the last six years of my life. The role models I have met within the UNSW Medical Faculty will stay with me as continued examples of who I hope to become during my career. Seeing this mirrored across Australia and New Zealand was truly inspiring, and I only wish I had have become involved sooner!"

    - Dylan Mayer, UNSW

  • 11 Aug 2022 11:18 AM | Kendall Marriott (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Professor Tim Wilkinson who has had his ANZAHPE Fellowship revalidated for another 5 years. We are excited to retain Tim as one of our long standing Fellows.

    About Tim Wilkinson

    Tim Wilkinson is Professor in Medicine and medical education at the University of Otago, New Zealand.  He has a MClinEd, PhD and MD that are all in medical education. His research interests are assessment of clinical competence and performance, workplace learning, selection into medical school, career paths, and professionalism. He works as a consultant physician in geriatric medicine. 

    A Fellowship of ANZAHPE signifies the value he places in ANZAHPE as a supportive community of health professional educators and his commitment to contribute back to that community. Tim continues to lead our Fellowship scheme, further signifying the importance this scheme plays in Tims life.

  • 10 Aug 2022 8:46 AM | Kendall Marriott (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Associate Professor Simone Gibson who has had her ANZAHPE Fellowship revalidated for another 5 years. We are excited to retain Simone as one of our long standing Fellows.

    About Associate Professor Simone Gibson

    Associate Professor Simone Gibson, PhD, BSc, Grad Dip Diet, Grad Cert Health Prof Ed is the Director of Education for the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University and leads postgraduate courses in health professions education. Her PhD focussed on integrating academic and clinical training resulted in new curriculum innovations resulting in enhanced student learning and workplace engagement. Simone is on the editorial board of Focus on Health Professional Education journal and presents and publishes in the areas of education and dietetics. Simone received the 2018 Australian Award for University Teaching in Biological Sciences and Health for teaching excellence and is committed to developing educational quality and innovation in the health professions.

    "My scholarly interests include using design thinking in health, involving patients in student feedback processes, graduate employability, programmatic assessment and faculty development in clinical education. My methodologies are mostly qualitative, but I try to use mixed methods where I can (especially if I have access to a statistics expert!).

    After seven years as an Associate Fellow of ANZAHPE and enjoying the networks I have made in the association, I decided to update to Fellow status to reflect my career developments achieved over this time. Being part of the ANZAHPE Fellowship scheme is valuable in highlighting my expertise in health professions education, especially as I my role has grown away from my former professional identity as a dietitian. As I lead postgraduate programs in health professions education, I would like to inspire clinicians to pursue careers in this area. Being an ANZAHPE Fellow adds to my credentials and enthusiasm to encourage others to join ANZAHPE and promote health professions education collaboration, scholarship and research."

  • 4 Aug 2022 10:28 AM | Kendall Marriott (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Emeritus Professor David Prideaux who has had his ANZAHPE Fellowship revalidated for another 5 years. We are excited to retain David as one of our long standing Fellows.

    About Emeritus Professor David Prideaux

    Re-validation was never a question for me. I value my Fellowship just as I value my 31 years as a Member/Honorary Member of ANZAHPE. I joined ANZAME, as it was, in 1991 just as I was beginning my new career in medical education. I felt instantly at home and have done so ever since. ANZAME/ANZAHPE leaders and members have been great mentors to me in my career and I view the Fellowship as an opportunity to pay some of that back by mentoring others.

    I was lucky enough to be able to serve ANZAME/ANZAHPE as Committee Member, Secretary, President and Journal Editor. My Fellowship enables me to continue to serve in another role. I have seen ANZAME/ANZAHPE grow from an organisation that promoted good ideas about teaching to one that is engaged in the scholarship of Health Professional Education. I look forward to contributing to that scholarship through my Fellowship. I am proud to be FANZAHPE.

    David Prideaux is Emeritus Professor of Medical Education in the Prideaux Discipline of Clinical Education in the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University. He is an educator by background with expertise in curriculum development, assessment and evaluation. His roles have included curriculum design, assessment, evaluation and staff development for the medical course at Flinders. He has undertaken consultancies in the development and change of medical school programs nationally and internationally and has assisted with the development of new medical schools in Australia and overseas. Professor Prideaux’s research interests focus on curriculum models for sustainable and symbiotic clinical education. He has published widely his field of study and has been Deputy Editor of the journals Medical Education and Advances in Health Sciences Education. He has performed a number of roles in accreditation and assessment at the Australian Medical Council and is currently a Director and Chair of the Assessment Committee. He is the holder of the 2004 Australian and New Zealand Association for Medical Education (ANZAME) Award for Excellence in Medical Education and a 2010 Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to Flinders University. In 2015 he was made a Foundation Fellow of ANZAHPE, the successor to ANZAME.

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