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The Quarterly 2011


The inaugural Specialist Training and Education Forum (STEF), hosted by the Queensland Medical Education and Training (QMET) was held at the Royal Brisbane Hospital on the 23rd of March. It was well attended by QLD Health Professionals and representatives from specialist colleges, both locally and from interstate.

The forum was an excellent opportunity for those involved in specialist training to showcase recent developments, share their expertise and experiences and highlight workforce and education issues for the future.

The program followed the key themes of:

  • Innovation and trends in assessment
  • Supporting training – supervisors, learning environments, local hospital networks
  • New technology for learning
  • Trainee to consultant: Supporting the transition

Key note speakers included:

  • Heather Alexander - Associate Professor Griffith University for Higher Education
  • Jillann Farmer - Director, Clinical Safety Directorate, Queensland Health
  • Deborah Bailey - Chair Board of Surgical Education and Training Paediatric Surgery, RACS
  • Michael Harrison - Managing Partner, Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, Queensland Councilor RACPA
  • Nick Lord - Acting Director, Medical Workforce Advice and Coordination Unit, Queensland Health
  • Jennifer Witheriff - Manager, Healthcare Culture and Leadership Service, Centre for Healthcare Improvement, Queensland Health
  • Rob Boots - Associate Professor, Deputy Director Intensive Care, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

The jam packed program included presentations on workplace based assessment, e-learning, simulation and supporting the transition from trainee to consultant and provided participants with new ideas, approaches, advice and words of caution.

Coming from outside Queensland it was very interesting to gain an insight into the education and support frameworks that Queensland Health has in place for its employees; spending a day in the Brisbane sunshine was an added bonus as were the copious amounts of delicious food.

It is proposed to make STEF an annual event; if so, I highly recommend attendance to anyone interested in the future of medical education and training.

Ms Elaine Halley
Director of Education

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