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  • 5 Jul 2021 11:16 AM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

    As we approach our Festival, the uncertainty in our lives that has been generated by us dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and even abounds.  The makes it a critical time for us to reflect on our roles as Educators, and how we can use knowledge and instruction to guide and reassure the next generation of Health Professionals.  Much of this will come about by direct instruction, sometimes by the simple communication of facts, though other times it will be the communication of underpinning principles which will provide others with tools to make good decisions.  In addition, we have important responsibilities to guide via our attitudes and behaviours, to give examples of how we deal with uncertainty and ambiguity.  Sometimes, the most salient lesson we can deliver is to say “I don’t know”, as long as we are prepared to have a discussion about how one might find out.

    The Festival should give us the opportunity for reflection.  It will be different, and I am sure many of us will miss the opportunity to network, meet old friends, go out for dinner, etc.  We will probably all suffer a bit from continuing to attend to our day job, while we are supposed to be at a conference, but I hope we can dedicate appropriate time and headspace to take advantage of what is on offer.  I am particularly looking forward to our keynote speakers – Karen Mattick from Exeter, Rhys Jones from Auckland, and Dinesh Palipana from Queensland Health/Griffith.  In addition, there are some engaging workshops, featuring collaborations with our international partners, including AMEE and IAMSE.  Not to mention the over 240 “free” presentations from our most important contributors – you.

    The Association will be holding is Annual General Meeting on Friday August 6.  In addition to the critical work and reports of the AGM, we will be holding a celebration immediately after it to recognise a number ANZAHPE awards, including honorary membership, and merit-based awards.  I encourage you to attend.

    A couple of ANZAHPE new initiatives are due to commence shortly.  This include a mentorship program, being led by Julie Ash and the Fellowship team, and work has commenced to a celebration of 50 years of ANZAHPE/ANZAME which is due for 2022.  You will hear more about both programs shortly.


    It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve as ANZAHPE president for this short period.  
    Thank you to all for the support, and especially to Jill Romeo, our Executive Officer, and all members of the Committee of Management.  
    In the immortal words of Douglas Adams: “Farewell, and thanks for all the fish!!”

  • 5 Jul 2021 9:10 AM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

    Lisa is Dean and Head in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University. Her professional clinical background is both as a Registered Nurse and Midwife. Lisa has been Editor-in-Chief of Collegian: The Australian Journal for Practice, Scholarship and Research since 2014 and is an Editorial Advisor for Nurse Education Today. She has researched and published extensively in nursing, midwifery and health professions education with a particular focus on simulation and patient safety, peer-assisted learning, professional role development and work readiness. Lisa has also supervised many honours, masters and doctoral students undertaking related studies. She is regularly sought to share her expertise both nationally and internationally.


    Lisa sees Fellowship of ANZAHPE as a natural extension to her work in the field and in growing the exposure of health professional education as an area of scholarly and research importance. Through her Fellowship, Lisa intends to continue to provide mentoring and leadership in health professional education to further grow the field.

  • 30 Apr 2021 3:26 PM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

    I am a medical doctor, who has worked in both private and public sectors as a GP, Assistant General Surgeon, Anesthesiologist and Intensivist. My interests and ambitions in teaching health professionals piloted me to Australia where I furthered my education (Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education and PhD). 

    For almost two decades, I have extensively taught medical, nursing & midwifery, paramedicine, rehabilitation & science students and also made significant contributions to clinical workshops for trainee clinicians, paramedics, nurses from major Brisbane metropolitan hospitals and general community from high schools. Over the past five years, my primary focus is on developing and implementing innovative teaching methodologies for health professionals’ classrooms and designing better assessments. I furthered my research interests into interprofessional education (nursing) by introducing flipped classroom and simulated patient philosophy. I am currently developing virtual classrooms and novel teaching pedagogies for teaching medical/health students.

    I have also reviewed healthcare curricula at both UQ and national universities by providing leadership and support in institutional and cross institutional committees. I have represented UQ on assessment consortia, for local students and internal medical graduates, both locally and overseas. 


    As an active member of ANZAHPE, I believe that the organisation has led by example in promoting and strongly supporting collegiality among health educators nationally and internationally. The organisation not only provides a fertile ground for individual health educators’ development but also nurtures educational research by creating avenues for collaboration and networking to further develop better health education. I am honoured to be accepted as an Associate Fellow. I am confident that I am ready to positively contribute towards ANZAHPE’s core objectives and strategic priorities.

  • 30 Apr 2021 3:16 PM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

    Dr Ashe Coxon (MBBS, FRACGP, DCH, MClinEd, GC Career Development, AFANZAHPE) is a General Practitioner, certified career counsellor and medical educator. Dr Coxon has a strong interest in assisting doctors and medical students with their career decision making - including transitioning between careers, returning to work, and navigating uncertainty. 

    Dr Coxon has a strong interest in medical education and has worked in undergraduate, provocation and postgraduate medical eduction. 

    The reason I applied for an Associate Fellowship of Health Professional Educators was to join a association of likeminded health educators. I am proud to receive associate fellowship which is recognition for my contribution to the world of medical education.

  • 30 Apr 2021 2:10 PM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

    We would love to hear from members who would like learn more about nominating for a position on the ANZAHPE Committee of Management (CoM) in 2021.

    Nominations for the ANZAHPE CoM will be received in advance of the AGM to be held on Friday August 6, 2021 (details TBA). 

    Closing date for nominations:  Monday July 26, 2021

    CoM Nomination form available here 

    Please feel free to reach out to Ben Canny (President), Megan Anakin (Secretary) or any of the CoM members (click here to view)  to discuss the expectations eg time commitment for meetings, workload and the rewards from serving your Association as part of the management committee.

  • 30 Apr 2021 12:49 PM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

    Interprofessional education (IPE) is a key theme in the upcoming ANZAHPE Festival so keep an eye out for the program, available soon on the Festival website

    AIPPEN (Australasian Interprofessional Practice & Education Network) meets three times a year to focus on shared interprofessional priorities and issues. Despite the lack of face to face professional development opportunities, multiple international webinars on interprofessional topics are advertised on the AIPPEN Slack site. The steering committee have also commenced development of an AIPPEN guide and infographic for educators on 'How to facilitate a pre-registration interprofessional student group.' The purpose of this is to have a good concise reference for staff who want to come and help to facilitate IPL or for those staff who find this work within their role and don’t really understand the principles. 

    What to know more? Contact: aippen@anzahpe.org

    Fiona Kent, AIPPEN Steering Committee Chair


    ANZAHPE and AIPPEN have collaborated in the development of a web-based digital library to facilitate the sharing of IPE resources for the Australian and New Zealand contexts.  Hosted by Nexus, this repository provides peer reviewed resources including presentations, guidelines, reports, links to journal/conference papers and learning modules.

    Click here to view the 25 resources currently in the repository

    If you would like to submit a resource to the ANZAHPE Resource Repository please complete the submission form and email to executive@anzahpe.org

    ANZAHPE IPE IPE Resource Repository Submission Form 2021.docx

    In addition to the repository, the ANZAHPE IPE Sub-committee continues to work on a professional development event and a grant scheme, both planned fo the second half of the year.  We hope to make an announcement re both of these by the end of June.


    Margo Brewer
    Chair, ANZAHPE IPE Sub-committee



  • 29 Apr 2021 9:18 PM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

    We are delighted to announce confirmed dates of the 2021 ANZAHPE Festival. 

    This year, the program will be delivered as a series of 4 events as follows:

    Festival Dates:  

    • Tuesday 6 July 
    • Thursday 8 July 
    • Monday 12 July 
    • Wednesday 14 July

    Conference Registration:

    see Registration Fees here

    Festival Program:
    Program will be delivered over a series of 4 events and include:  

    • 3 Keynote Speakers 
    • Oral Presentations 
    • Workshops 
    • Networking Opportunities

    In addition - all sessions will be available on-demand after the event!

    Conference website

  • 29 Apr 2021 9:07 PM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

    The ANZAHPE Online Organising Group would like an HDR student representative (PhD or Masters by Research in Health Professions Education or related discipline) to contribute to informing the ANZAHPE Online PD program.

    The ANZAHPE Online Organising Group meets monthly to discuss PD offerings and creative ways of implementation to maximise discussion, networking and ANZAHPE member benefit. 

    This position provides an HDR student an opportunity within ANZAHPE that can contribute to evidence of leadership at a national/international level for your CV, position applications and for future application to the ANZAHPE Fellowship Scheme. 

    If you are interested please contact Julie Ash as below to discuss. 

    The position will be filled on a first come basis, in terms of willingness to commit after discussion. 

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


    Julie Ash (FANZAHPE, ANZAHPE Fellowship Scheme Lead)

    (For Joy Rudland ANZAHPE ONLINE Program Lead)
    Email julie.ash@adelaide.edu.au

  • 29 Apr 2021 8:54 PM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

    One of the issues the PD group has been grappling with is what constitutes PD.   Since COVID the emphasis has been on what we can deliver on-line and invariably in respect to professional development of educators in health professions.

    Moving forward we are considering the two strands to the PD Portfolio, embracing both aspects of scholarship; being an educator and a researcher.  In respect to PD in research, Koshila Kumar and Christy Nobel ran an on-line session exploring applying for research grants.  Moving forward and reflecting on the ANZAHPE members survey, we are thinking of opportunities for researchers to network in order to share research experience.  With an onus on research, we are looking for expressions of interest from a Higher Degree Researcher to join the PD Portfolio team – please see this edition of the Bulletin.

    We were grateful to Keryn Bolte for running the first PeArLS on-line this month allowing us the opportunity to consider what works well and well can be improved moving forward.   We have two more PeArLS before the ANZAHPE Festival.    

    View ANZAHPE ONLINE Calendar

    Joy Rudland
    Lead, ANZAHPE PD Program

  • 29 Apr 2021 8:38 PM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

    In late 2020 - early 2021, ANZAHPE formally canvassed the views of members and contacts via an online survey. Feedback was gathered regarding the: overall value of ANZAHPE membership, value of key member services; contemporary challenges faced by members, and how the association could better support members. The survey was completed by 37.4% of members, and the report on findings is now available.  Click here to view. We have identified a series of recommendations related to maximising the appeal and value of membership and member services such as the ANZAHPE Online professional development program, the ANZAHPE journal (FoHPE), and the Fellowship scheme. 

    The ANZAHPE Committee of Management extends its sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the survey and provided feedback, and congratulates the two winners of the survey prize draw Monica Carrarini and Sarmishtha Ghosh.  Both will have complimentary access to the first ANZAHPE ONLINE Master class workshop later in 2021.

    If you have any questions or comments about this report, please let us know by emailing executive@anzahpe.org


    Koshila Kumar (ANZAHPE Membership Secretary) 

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