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  • 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 in July (details TBA). 

    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) 

  • 29 Apr 2021 8:26 PM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

    Update from ANZAHPE President, Ben Canny

    It is a great pleasure to pen this message to ANZAHPE in my interim role.  I would like to start by thanking the ANZAHPE membership, and especially the Committee of Management, for the support I have been given over the last several months.  To me, this speaks to the essential fabric of ANZAHPE as a membership-led, collaborative association, committed to the pursuit of excellence.

    The Committee of Management has been working hard about how we can better support the membership in their professional and personal development.  Thanks to all members who took the time to contribute to Membership Survey, which has highlighted the importance of networking and career development in research to the ongoing professional success of our members.  ANZAHPE is determined to develop these aspects of its activities, with the ongoing initiative of ANZAHPE ONLINE forming a critical part of this strategy.  The Committee of Management is open to suggestions from the membership about how we can serve you better.

    Preparations for the ANZAHPE Festival are continuing apace.  As you are most probably aware, the theme is “Moving Forward in Ambiguity”, and I thank the membership for tolerating the open-ended nature of some of the organisational aspects.  A fully online Conference/Festival is new to ANZAHPE, as it is for our Professional Conference Organiser (PCO – EventStudio (formerly Plevin and Associates)).  As the program has (is) taken(ing) shape, the technical solutions are being finalised and confirmed.  We aim to have the Festival be as “low tech” as possible, recognising that technical complexity can be a significant inhibitor to engagement and interaction.  We had over 290 abstracts submitted, and all but a small number have been accepted and included in the program (formal notification should slightly precede this Bulletin).  We also have 3 Keynote presentations organised, and a handful of workshops, including engagement from AMEE and IAMSE.  We hope to learn much from an online conference, which will inform future conference organisation.  We look forward to your feedback.

    Finally, I would like to encourage members to consider their engagement with ANZAHPE.  Your membership keeps us alive, both academically and financially, and ANZAHPE offers great opportunities for further professional development.  This could be in the form of ANZAHPE Fellowship, being involved with the Mentoring scheme the Fellowship committee is developing, or nominating for election to the Committee of Management.  The Association needs its members involved, and I look forward to its ongoing vitality.


    Ben Canny
    ANZAHPE President

  • 18 Mar 2021 4:05 PM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

    The ANZAHPE ONLINE Professional Development program kicked off for 2021 with the following events:

    Learning in (and for) a digital world
    Presented by Prof Margaret Bearman

    As 2020 has revealed, almost all aspects of modern living are mediated by the digital in one form or another. However, we tend to think very instrumentally about technology: as a tool to help us teach or to help us care for patients. This keynote takes a broader view and explores what it means for health professional students to learn in a digital world.

    Writing a competitive research grant application in Health Professions Education
    Presented by:  Koshila Kumar and Christy Noble

    Writing a competitive research grant is an essential skill for researchers and scholars in Health Professions Education to master. This introductory session outlined some fundamental principles of successful research grant development,  and referred to the ANZAHPE research grants scheme as a case study.

    Members can access recordings of these sessions here.
    Please contact the ANZAHPE office to arrange non-member access to this session.

    Check out the ANZAHPE ONLINE event calendar to view future events in 2021.

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