Paul has specialist expertise in conducting qualitative studies and undertaking literature reviews (systematic) in health professional education research. Paul completed his PhD at Durham University, UK in 2015, with a thesis entitled: Medical student learning during longitudinal clinical placements in under-served, deprived, community areas; a qualitative study. Over the past 8 years he has worked on research projects to investigate: the prevalence, antecedents and interventions to tackle workplace bullying in the UK healthcare service, the role of professionalism, MBBS curriculum outcomes, Specialty doctors’ views of their training, and selection for medical graduates into the Foundation Programme.
Paul has an educational background in Psychology; he studied Psychology with Sports Science BSc (Hons) and Occupational Psychology MSc at Northumbria University. Paul initially joined the Northern Deanery Research Team in October 2008, the team later transferred to Durham University in April 2010, and subsequently to Newcastle University in 2015.
Prior to moving to Monash, Paul was a Research Associate working on two grants funded by the UK Department of Health. The first project was investigating the Education Outcomes Framework, involving a realist synthesis to explore underlying processes linking education and training to patient outcomes. The second project was investigating the effectiveness of the system introduced by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) which assures the continuing fitness to practise of its registrants, predominantly through Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Vicki Edouard the the Senior Programs Coordinator for MCSHE. Vicki is responsible for the project management of consultancy initiatives (e.g. Department of Health and Human Services), liaising with the faculty finance team on departmental budgeting, liaising with faculty student services staff on award course-related activities including processes and procedures, and managing all post-graduate student-related functions for the award courses currently being taught out. Before joining Monash University Vicki was the Supervising Scientist in the Clinical Research Laboratory at the Burnet Institute. She has over 12 years’ experience in the area of HIV and has performed overseas educational training programs covering HIV monitoring and treatment. Following an interest in education Vicki completed a Graduate Diploma of Education in 2003.
Charlotte Denniston is an Assistant Lecturer and PhD candidate in the Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education (MCSHE) within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University. She teaches into the postgraduate health professions education programs, and is a co-ordinator of the clinical supervision workshop program. Charlotte also co-ordinates the MCSHE seminar series and is student lead for the FMNHS teaching and learning HDR group. Charlotte is a recipient of an NHMRC postgraduate scholarship for her PhD which is examining communication skills in the health professions.
Charlotte completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours degree at Monash University in 2008. Her honours thesis investigated models of clinical education in physiotherapy. Over the past 8 years she has worked both in the public and private healthcare sector while also maintaining an interest in education and teaching.
Mia provides executive administrative support to Professor Charlotte Rees and to the MCSHE and MBBS teams. Mia is involved in coordinating the team’s activities including a range of major meetings and events. Previously Mia was the Executive Assistant for the Director of the Monash eResearch Centre.
Associate Prof Claire Palermo
Claire is the Deputy Director of MCSHE and an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics with research interests in the education of the future workforce and strategies to improve access to nutritious food. Claire is an active member of the profession of dietetics having served on the board of directors from 2007 to 2011 and is an ongoing Member of Dietitians Association Australia (DAA) and Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). She was awarded a Dietitians Association of Australia National Outstanding Contribution Award (2007) and Monash University FMNHS Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009) and was the first dietitian and member of Monash University FMNHS to be awarded a national Office for Learning and Teaching fellowship. This work has aimed to transform approaches to competency-based assessment in dietetics through a national Community of Practice for dietetics educators and applying a systems thinking lens to competency-based assessment in the Dietetics program at Monash.
Charlotte is currently Professor and Director of Curriculum (Medicine) and the inagural Director of MCSHE. Prior to that, she was Professor of Education Research and Director of the Centre for Medical Education at the University of Dundee, Scotland (2010-2015) and was the Founding Director of the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC: 2011-2015). She was previously Associate Professor of Medical Education at Sydney Medical School (2007-2010), and Senior Lecturer and Lecturer of Clinical Education at the newly created Peninsula Medical School at the University of Exeter (2002-2007). At Peninsula, she was the Founding Academic Lead for Human Sciences, Communication Skills and Professionalism for the new MBBS curriculum. She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh. She has over 15 years’ experience as a health professions education researcher including extensive experience as principal and co-investigator for numerous externally funded projects (e.g. NHS Education for Scotland, General Medical Council, Higher Education Academy, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges). She has led a 10-year programme of research on healthcare professionalism and her co-authored book, titled ‘Healthcare professionalism: Improving practice through reflections on workplace dilemmas, was published by Wiley-Blackwell in April 2017. She has over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and books, over 100 conference presentations, and was 1 of 4 medical educators at Dundee returned for REF2014 (the UK equivalent of Australia’s ERA). She was Deputy Editor for Medical Education (2008-2016), is Associate Editor for Advances in Health Sciences Education (2014-2017) and was the only medical education researcher on the REF2014 sub-panel for education. She has supervised over 20 research students (Honours, Masters and PhD) to timely completion.
Associate Professor Karen Adams
Karen is the Director of the Gukwonderuk Indigenous Unit in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science. She has over 25 years’ experience working in Indigenous health as a health practitioner, researcher and educator.
Professor Tina Brock
Tina is Professor of Pharmacy Education and Practice in the FPPS at Monash University where she is part of the leadership team for an innovative integrated Masters course in pharmacy. She has previously served as the Associate Dean for Global Health and Educational Innovations at the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy; the Director of Capacity Building and Performance Improvement at Management Sciences for Health; the Course Director for the MSc in Pharmacy Practice and Policy at University College London; and the Director of Student Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Tina’s key areas of expertise are curricular design, technology-enhanced learning strategies, leadership development, and interprofessional educational models.
Associate Professor Ted Brown
Ted is the Undergraduate Course Coordinator at the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Primary and Allied Health Care based at the Peninsula Campus. He is an experienced educator, researcher and clinician in OT.
Dr Basia Diug
Basia is a Senior Lecturer and is the Head of Undergraduate degrees at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. She is the co-head (Innovation and Quality) for the Medical Education Research and Quality (MERQ) unit. She joined the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM) in 2006. Basia has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as research design and project management of large studies. She was awarded her PhD in 2013 for her work on an NHMRC funded study: a case-control study investigating the factors contributing to bleeding risk in patients receiving warfarin therapy in the community. Basia has a particular interest in medication safety through the identification of adverse events both at an individual and system level. Basia is the recipient of the 2016 Monash Teacher Accelerator Award, 2015 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and 2015 Monash Education Academy Fellowship. In addition, to this Basia has received recognition for her excellence in teaching with a national commendation by the Council of Academic Public Health Institutes Australia for Public Health Teaching Excellence and Innovation in 2014, the 2013 SPHPM Teaching Excellence Award and 2012 SPHPM Tutoring Excellence Award.
Associate Professor Miodrag Dodic
Miodrag is currently Director of Year 4C for the Monash Medicine program, based at the Peninsula Clinical School. He is also Director of Research at the Peninsula Clinical School. His key research interest currently is interprofessional education.
Dr Helen Hall
Helen is a Senior Lecturer and registered nurse and midwife. She has research and clinical experience in nursing and midwifery spanning 30 years. Helen gained a PhD from Monash University and holds a research fellowship with the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM). Helen’s educational research interests focus on midwifery and nursing training, with an emphasis on the use of interprofessional education and simulation strategies.
Associate Professor Dragan Ilic
Dragan is the Director of Teaching & Learning at SPHPM. Dragan is course convenor for the Master of Public Health (online), Bachelor of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Public Health Science degrees. Dragan also coordinates the Evidence Based Clinical Practice (EBCP) curriculum for the Monash Medical Program. He is a member of the executive committee for the Society for Cost and Value in Health Professions Education, and Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the International Society for Evidence-Based Health Care. Dragan has a keen research interest in medical and health professions education. Research interests include cost and value in health professions education, evaluation of novel teaching approaches, assessment and psychometrics. Dragan also maintains his clinical research interest in prostate cancer, and is an editor with the Cochrane Collaboration’s Urology review group.
Dr Joon Joon Khoo
Joon Joon joined Monash University in 2006 as an Associate Professor of Pathology. After graduating with MBBS from University Malaya in 1985, she completed her Masters in Pathology degree. In 2009, she obtained her fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA) and also became a member of the International Academy of Cytology (MIAC, 2007). She also holds a Medical Doctorate degree in Anatomical Pathology (MD, 2012) for her research thesis and work on colorectal carcinomas. Joon Joon teaches undergraduate medical students in Monash University Malaysia as well as postgraduate trainees specializing in Pathology. She was responsible in planning and implementing the teaching of undergraduate Pathology in the Malaysian campus. Her strong interest and enthusiasm in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching has propelled her to initiate innovative teaching methods and earned her the Monash University Pro Vice-Chancellor Award of Excellence for teaching in 2009. Joon Joon has a keen interest in Medical education and completed the Postgraduate Certificate of Medical Education from the University of Dundee (2016). She was recently appointed as Head of the Medical Education Unit at Monash University Malaysia.
Dr Fiona Kent
Fiona is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University. She is also an APA neurological physiotherapist and has worked as a clinician at Peninsula Health and clinical educator in the Physiotherapy Department at Monash University. She completed her Masters in Health Professional Education in 2009 investigating patient perspectives of student led care and her PhD in 2016 investigated interprofessional student education in primary health care. She is currently the Collaborative Care Curriculum Lead in the Education portfolio of the Faculty and the Interprofessional Clinical Educator at Monash Health.
Dr Nicole Koehler
Nicole is a Senior Lecturer (Medicine Curriculum and Innovation) within Medical Student Programs, Eastern Health Clinical School. She completed her BSc (Hons) and MSc within the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia. Subsequently she completed her PhD, The effects of retrospectively examined early psychosocial stress on mate choice and sexual behaviour: A life history theory perspective, in just over 2.5 years within the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, the University of Western Australia. Dr Koehler was awarded a prestigious Whitfeld Fellowship following the completion of her PhD. In 2010, Dr Koehler completed her Grad Dip Ed, majoring in science and minoring in career education, at the University of Western Australia and was awarded the Thomas Sten Prize for the highest aggregate mark. She has taught students within psychology, human biology and medicine. Dr Koehler commenced her career in medical education in 2008 and relocated to Melbourne in 2011 to accept her appointment at Monash University.
Dr Arunaz Kumar
Arunaz received her MBBS and specialist qualification in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from New Delhi, India. Following that, she worked in the United Kingdom at University College Hospital, London and received her MRCOG qualification. She moved to Australia in 2005 and trained across numerous hospitals in Melbourne before receiving her FRANZCOG certification in 2009. Arunaz holds a Certificate in Health Professional Education from Monash University and is the Discipline Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor for Year 4 medical students undergoing the Women’s Health rotation in Monash University. Besides leading medical education in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Arunaz has educational research interests working towards better outcomes for women by improving health professional learning and training.
Dr Michelle Lazarus
Michelle is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at Monash University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in the area of Biological Sciences in 2001 from the University of Delaware in Newark, USA and earned her PhD in 2007 from Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA, USA) in the field of Pathology and Cell Biology. Michelle refocused her research towards educational scholarship, developing evidence based anatomy education. In addition to developing innovative anatomy curricula she investigates methods for improving retention and transfer of anatomy knowledge to clinical care, designing frameworks for vertical integration of anatomy curricula and improving integration of basic science teaching with fostering healthcare students’ professional development. She was awarded the prestigious Monash Education Academy Fellowship (2016) and is the moderator and developer of the Monash CEED module on ‘Developing Your Teaching Scholarship Plan’, offered year round.
Associate Professor Steve Maloney
Stephen’s educational research has focused on technology-based innovations, the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching methods, and promoting early links between learners and industry. He uses a variety of research methods, including economic evaluations. Stephen enjoy a range of responsibilities within Monash that enables him to engage with and influence educational research, including roles as Director of Education for SPAHC, Deputy Head of Department for Physiotherapy, honorary position in the Monash Education Research and Quality (MERQ) unit, and founder and chair of the Society for Cost and Value in Health Professions Education. Stephen's contribution to advancing knowledge and debate in education has been acknowledged through local, national and international teaching and/or research awards.
Associate Professor Jenepher Martin
Jenepher graduated with an MBBS from the University of Melbourne) in 1982. She completed her general surgical training in 1991 and a Master of Surgery in 1997. After surgical training, Jenepher spent a year in Britain developing her surgical interest in breast surgery, then two and a half years in Toronto undertaking a Surgical Education Fellowship. Since her return from Toronto she has continued to have a major academic interest in medical education through formal appointments at the University of Melbourne, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Monash University. Her interests include assessment and measurement, faculty development and program evaluation. She graduated with a Doctor of Education in 2007. Jenepher is currently Director, Medical Student Programs, Monash University and Deakin University, Eastern Health Clinical School.
Dr Julia Morphet
Julia joined Monash Nursing and Midwifery in 2010 following 15 years of emergency nursing experience. Julia is the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) course convener, and the Director of Education for Nursing and Midwifery at Monash. Julia maintains her emergency nursing expertise, working as a Senior Research Fellow at Monash Health, and is the Administrative Director for the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA), and is the Victorian CENA Branch President. Julia leads two programs of research. The first is focused on health workforce, in particular, preparation for practice, simulation in teaching, transition to speciality practice, and management of occupational violence in healthcare. The second program is focused on the patient experience in the emergency department, in particular, patient flow models. She has had more than 25 research papers published and has supervised 11 students to completion of higher degrees.
Dr Lufi Mulyadi
Lufi began teaching with the Department of General Practice in 2009 and became a full-time Lecturer in 2013. She completed her MBBS degree at the University of Melbourne and prior to that, she completed a degree in Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) Honours from the University of Sydney. Lufi has clinical and research interests in women's health, chronic disease, medical education and paediatrics. In addition to undergraduate teaching and her research interests, she is also involved in the postgraduate program. She also accredits Continuing Professional Development activities in her role as an Education Activity Representative for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and is an examiner for the RACGP fellowship examinations. She continues to practise as a General Practitioner in a private clinic in the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Associate Prof Matt Mundy
Matthew works in the School of Psychological Sciences, as Associate Professor and Director of Education. Responsible for the School’s education portfolio, he has overseen numerous education projects including on-campus blended-learning improvements and the creation of two fully-online professionally accredited courses. One of these courses, the Grad Dip Psych Advanced, offers a world-first fully online honours-equivalent psychology research project. Matthew’s education research interest centres around online pedagogy and leveraging these new skills and techniques to improve the on-campus experience. In his basic science research, Matt uses cognitive neuroscience techniques to investigate healthy learning and memory, as well as factors that contribute to amnesia and perceptual deficits, caused by brain trauma or disease.
Dr Louise Oliaro
Louise has a background in child protection, having worked across a range of programs, including being the first court support worker in Victoria and a member of the first SIPW team. She has worked as a registered mental health practitioner with both adults and children, as well as running a social work recruitment company. Louise was originally employed at Monash as a member of the fieldwork team, then moved on to teach in a range of units, including human development, group work and the skill based units. After 8 years with the Department Louise left to undertake a Grad Dip in Education as a way of gaining further insight into the educational system. She has worked within primary schools for the past 6 years both as a teacher and a supervisor of social work students. She is currently undertaking a range of school based research projects including: the evaluation of cognitive based programs within primary schools, exploring the use of social work services within the Australian school setting and the experiences of International students undertaking Australian based tertiary studies. Her PhD established her as an expert in this field with a focus on educational standards in the delivery of social work courses. Over the years, this interest and focus has expanded to include the use of social work in educational settings. This focus has allowed Louise to develop expertise in her two key passions: youth and education.
Sophie is an enthusiastic educator who blends her passion for quality education with clinical experience in musculoskeletal, cardiothoracic and women’s health physiotherapy. Sophie contributes to units throughout year 1-3 of the Monash physiotherapy program including coordinating the applied anatomy theme and Year 1 students. She also holds educational leadership roles within the department and contributes to educational committees at the School and Faculty levels. She has contributed to educational research projects investigating clinical skill development and efficiency of teaching methods. Sophie is currently completing a PhD in physiotherapy education.
Kirsty joined the Department of Occupational Therapy as a Lecturer in September 2014. She gained her BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy degree from Oxford Brookes University, UK in 1994 and completed a Masters degree from the University of Manchester in 2001. Kirsty has worked as an occupational therapist for several years within adult mental health both in a forensic mental health and a community mental health care setting before joining the University of Salford in 2002 as a Lecturer on the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy and MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy programmes. Kirsty currently teaches on the MOTPrac program and her role includes being a Fieldwork Co-ordinator and assisting with the participatory community placements unit.
Associate Professor Anne Powell
Anne is the Director of Medical Student Education for the Central Clinical School, based at Alfred Health. She is also the Director of Physician Education at Alfred Health and is a practicing rheumatologist and general physician. She has completed a Diploma of Medical Education at Melbourne University and is currently completing a Masters of Medical Education. Anne’s current research interests are in the areas of clinical reasoning and types of error in medical students’ reasoning as compared to resident doctors, as well as the evaluation of the medical undergraduate course delivery.
Linda is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice. Linda practiced as an Advanced Life Support Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria for 15 years, before taking up a full time academic position in 2012. Linda’s philosophy on teaching is to provide relevant and thought provoking content through engaging and innovative mediums, in order to inspire students to fully participate in their own individual learning journeys. Her dedication to quality program delivery, student learning and education research lead to the School of Primary Health Care Teaching Excellence Award 2014 and the 2015 Mary Lawson Prize for best presentation at the 6th International Clinical Skills Conference Prato, Italy. Linda pursues research projects that can effect change in student learning, attitudes, behaviour and ultimately patient care. Her specific interests include interpersonal communication, service learning, clinical placements and care of older adults. She is currently a PhD candidate investigating the preparedness of paramedics to meet the psychosocial needs of older patients.
Dr Margaret Simmons
Margaret is the Deputy Director at Monash Rural Health, Monash University, Gippsland, Australia, teaching first year graduate-entry medical students a social perspective on health. She also coordinates the Community Based Practice Program, which aims to equip students with an interprofessional understanding of the social and community aspects of health through a community placement. Margaret’s PhD used poetic representation to tell the stories of Gippsland women evacuated as children in WWII Britain who immigrated to Australia in the post-war period. Margaret’s qualitative research interests focus on narrative analysis, poetic representation, gender issues, stories of illness, ageing and notions of home and migration and pedagogies of practice in medical education. Margaret has also taught qualitative social research methods, gender, sexuality and identity and other sociological concepts in addition to which, she has been a Language and Learning Skills adviser.
Matthew is a new addition to Monash University in 2017. Matthew has spent the last 10 years working in emergency health care, first working as an emergency department Registered Nurse before making the jump to Paramedicine. Matthew started his Paramedic career working for Ambulance Victoria in the metropolitan region and Loddon Mallee. Most recently, he has worked the last 4 years for The ACT Ambulance Service. Having recently completed a two semester secondment in 2016 to Australian Catholic University in Canberra, Matthew decided to make a full time move to teaching and academia. In addition to his secondment with ACU, he has worked as a sessional staff member for ACU and QUT in both the Paramedicine and Nursing programs. Matthew is currently due to complete his Master of Emergency Health with Monash University in 2017. He is currently completing a project looking at the epidemiology of paediatric hypoglycaemia in the pre-hospital environment.
Dr Caroline Wright
Caroline has worked in the profession of radiation therapy for 23 years in clinical, research and academic roles. Caroline started her academic career as Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University (UK) in 2000 and in 2003 joined Monash University as the Course Convenor for the Master of Radiation Therapy. Caroline is also Specialisation Lead for the Bachelor of Radiation Science and the Master of Advanced Radiation Therapy Practice. She has convened numerous workshops throughout Australia and the United Kingdom on clinical education, professional practice, evidence based practice, research and advanced practice. She has been actively involved in developing online and work-based learning programs to support entry to practice and post graduate practice students. Caroline’s research interests include fitness to practise, professionalism, student selection, simulated and online learning, assessment and the educational development of staff working in advanced practice roles. Caroline has been awarded the FMNHS Dean’s prize for teaching excellence.
MCSHE Workshop Facilitators
Dr Bernadette Ward
Dr Bernadette Ward is a Senior Research Fellow with the School of Rural Health at Bendigo. . Bernadette has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative research in relation to health systems, alcohol and other drugs. She is currently working on several methamphetamine research projects. Bernadette's interest in rural and remote health stems from many years of primary health practice as a midwife and registered nurse in remote Australia.
Keith has extensive experience as a clinician, manager and bureaucrat in the mental health field. A registered psychiatric nurse, he has worked in the UK, Queensland, Melbourne and Gippsland. Keith assists and supports the mental health program with a range of training, service development, and evaluation/research projects; he also co-ordinates the Gippsland Mental Health Vacation School.
Dr Susan Waller
Dr Susan Waller is Senior Lecturer in Interprofessional Education at the Monash University Department of Rural Health (MUDRH) Susan is responsible for interprofessional collaboration leadership through coordination of the development, delivery and evaluation of interprofessional education and practice programs across the School of Rural Health and Gippsland health services.
As a paediatric physiotherapist who has practiced for many years in various allied health services across the hospital and community sectors both in Australia and in the Middle East, Susan has experienced firsthand the importance of interprofessional education and collaborative practice to meet service user goals.
Susan studied the impact of an interprofessional student placement in community rehabilitation teams and was awarded a PhD in Interprofessional Education from the University of Queensland in 2010. She was part of a team who developed an Interprofessional Curriculum in the first Clinical School located in a large private hospital in Brisbane and has conducted training workshops in practicing interprofessionally.
Jennifer Lindley is Senior Academic Lead (MBBS Curriculum) in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University and provides academic leadership for curriculum development and evaluation for the medicine program at Monash. She has a background in medical science and education with particular expertise in course design, curriculum development and evaluation.
In addition she has undertaken a number of innovative curriculum and education projects. Her recent projects include the curriculum renewal of the medicine program; curriculum mapping and assessment blueprinting; eLearning; and modernisation of the curriculum of the medicine course at University of Dammam in Saudi Arabia. Jennifer has a Masters of Education and her research interests include work-based learning and assessment, graduate outcomes and work readiness. Her peer reviewed publications and conference presentations have contributed to the areas of online learning and education, assessment and academic performance.
Jennifer is Co-chair of the Medicine Course Curriculum Committee and was Deputy Chair of the Faculty Curriculum Standing Committee as well as a member of the Faculty Assessment working group. Her professional memberships include the Higher Education Research and Development Association (HERDSA) and the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE).
Dr Travis Taggert completed his Bachelor Medicine / Bachelor Surgery at Monash University and is currently working as a Doctor at the Mildura Base Hospital, pursuing his interests in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care. Additionally, he is also a Custodial Medical Officer with Victoria Police, providing care to those persons in Victoria Police Custody. He has been appointed as a Lecturer at the School of Rural Health Mildura, involved in the direct delivery of the medical curriculum to medical students in their clinical years. Dr Taggert is a founding partner and Director of Clinical Services of Victorian Medical Assistance Team and is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Psychology and Abuse Studies in 2012, she then went on to complete her Master of Research in Psychology in 2013. Sarah worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in the UK for eighteen months and completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychological Therapies in 2014 before moving to Australia in April 2015. Sarah is currently working at both MUDRH and the Burnet Institute as a research assistant, focussing on rural mental health and drug and alcohol projects.
Jo Colvin is the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department at Latrobe Regional Hospital (LRH). She has successfully completed a Master of Nurse Practitioner, Master of Nursing, Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health & Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs. With over 29 years ing, aged psychiatry, palliative care, consultation liaison psychiatry, AOD nursing and mental health and police response unit (MH&PR) Jo’s current role better supports the identification, management and treatment of people who are intoxicated or drug affected in the LRH emergency department as well as capacity building clinical staff to manage all AOD presentations and providing clinical supervision. The role also includes liaising and collaborating with external agencies to offer the best support & follow up for patients presenting to a busy emergency department.nursing experience in a variety of settings including inpatient & community mental health, general nurse.
Suzanna has 20 years experience in group facilitation and training. Suz has expertise and experience in leadership development, community engagement, facilitation, strategic planning and training. In particular, developing context specific training and workshops for people who work together to develop a common understanding and skill set for working with conflict and challenges.
With a background in Outdoor Education, she has experience of living and working in close communities with a focus on sustainability and education. Through leadership and management roles she has been a driver of whole of organisation development including cultural change and strategic planning.