The Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) is the peak organisation for practitioners involved in the education and training of health professionals in Australia and New Zealand.

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ANZAHPE ONLINE aims to deliver a rich academic experience to ANZAHPE members, as a virtual alternative to our face to face conference. The PD program has been designed to keep the ANZAHPE family connected in the absence of this year’s conference, and will run from July to December 2020 as monthly events.

We look forward to connecting with you online.


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ANZAHPE Online Program

    • 27 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom (link TBA via email)

    Towards coherent curricula in somatisation (aka functional illness 'BDS' or 'MUS')

    Presenter: A/Prof Hamish Wilson


    Somatisation or functional illness account for 5-20% of patient presentations in all specialties. Also referred to Bodily Distress Syndrome (BDS) as historically as ‘medically unexplained symptoms’ (MUS), these symptoms appear to be caused by maladaptive functioning of body systems without ongoing underlying tissue or organ damage. Previous research on student learning confirms a relative absence of formal curricula within medical undergraduate curricula for these illnesses. Through the learning culture of the hidden curriculum, students often acquire negative attitudes to these patients, which may impact on their clinical efficacy. However, current clinical research suggests that better explanatory models for such patients may become available. 


    • To compare and explore educators’ (in various health professions) experiences of training, clinical practice and developing curricula for functional illness 
    • To explore potential educational approaches that may help our future graduates have more competence and confidence with such patients or clients.

    Associate Professor Hamish Wilson has worked at the Otago Medical School since 1996, initially running postgraduate courses for GPs.  Since 2008, he has convened a programme for junior students called Early Professional Experience. He is also a GP in Dunedin with an interest in reflective practice and so called ‘difficult’ patients.

    Names:  Hamish Wilson,1 Tony Dowell,Brett Mann,Martyn Williamson,and Nigel Thompson.1

    Origins:  1Otago Medical School, Dunedin, New Zealand; 2Wellington School of Medicine, Otago Medical School; 3Ilam Medical Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand. 

    PeArLS session style: The presenter and participants are equals who gather to discuss a common problem. The initial “presentation” be minimal (5 mins, 3 slides) and is framed around a challenging question or an issue that the presenter is grappling with.

    NB:  A recording of this session will be available to ANZAHPE members and non-member registrants following the session.

    • 10 Jun 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom (link TBA via email)

    Pooling pearls of portfolio wisdom: Promotion, preparation and practice

    Svetlana King

    • 12 Aug 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom (link TBA via email)

    What institutions and individuals might do to improve feedback

    Prof Elizabeth Molloy & A/Prof Rola Ajjawi

    Full details coming soon.

    • 24 Sep 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom (link TBA via email)

    Theory in your health professional research

    Prof Lara Varpio 

    Description:  Incorporating theory into your medical education scholarship is now expected research practice. Unfortunately, for many clinician-educators, this challenge is daunting because there are few, if any, resources on how to incorporate the theory. This workshop is designed to specifically address that challenge. 

    At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: 

    • Distinguish between post-positivist and constructivist paradigms 
    • Contrast inductive and deductive reasoning 
    Differentiate between 4 different ways of using theory in health professions education research.

    Dr. Lara Varpio is Professor of Medicine, and Associate Director of Research for the Center for Health Professions Education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Dr. Varpio spent the first 6 years of her career at the University of Ottawa, Canada before moving to Washington DC, USA to join USUHS. 


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