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The Quarterly 2011


Eighteen brave souls ventured to Sydney for the 2011 instalment of the New Candidates workshop. On March 10th they converged upon the Sebel Surry Hills, with varying levels of trepidation, for two days of inspirational seminars concerning the aspects of candidacy that is to occupy their next three years.

After being welcomed by Drs Donna Sullivan and Roger Boyd, the hard work began. The introduction to the college and the structure of the Fellowship Training Program was followed by discussion on making the transition from Clinician to Manager, and then Operational Management of Health Services.

A delicious lunch gave everyone the opportunity to get to know their comrades and to re-energise for the afternoon session. Dr Robyn Walker battled the dreaded QANTAS to join us and delivered what was an engaging, humorous, hard-hitting and, at times, poignant look at leadership. Dr Jenny Newton then got everyone to take a step back and reflect about reflection.

Dinner saw much mirth, merriment and conviviality; those who were served the rack of lamb openly revelled in their triumph over those who got the angel hair pasta, but everyone headed to bed early to rest up for the big day ahead.

The bright and early start was well rewarded with Kevin Forde from UNSW delivering 9 weeks’ worth of Masters finance lectures in 2 hours (it was even somewhat understandable), followed by Dr Michael Golding, who ruminated on the reflective case study, and his experiences of the RACMA training program. Peter Sheldrake (RMIT) challenged everyone to think like an entrepreneur, and the ideas for making health services lucrative were buzzing round the room afterward.

Sadly, it was time to go home and so, with fond farewells the new batch of candidates departed. The road ahead will be a long and arduous journey and we wish them all the best as they begin this, their latest quest.

Mr Cameron Setchell
Education Project Officer

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