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Facilitators

Jennifer Lindley

Bio: Jennifer Lindley is Senior Academic Lead (Medicine Curriculum) in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University and is an affiliate of MCSHE.  Jennifer has a background in medical science and education with particular expertise in course design, curriculum development and evaluation. Her work as an education-focused academic includes the curriculum renewal of the medicine program; curriculum mapping and assessment blueprinting; eLearning; and modernisation of the curriculum of the medicine course at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University in Saudi Arabia. She has provided academic leadership for curriculum development and evaluation for the medicine program in Australia and Malaysia. Jennifer has a Masters of Education and her research interests include work-based learning and assessment, graduate outcomes and work readiness.  She is Deputy Chair of the Medicine Course Curriculum Committee and Chair of the Theme 1 Reference Group for the medicine course.


Associate Professor Deborah Leach

Bio: Deb Leach has recently left her role of 21 years as Clinical Director of the Emergency Department at Box Hill Hospital to concentrate on her passion for education. Currently she is Acting Director of the Medical Student Programs, Eastern Health Clinical School. She has undertaken roles with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, including chairing the Primary Examination Committee for 10 years, performing as a Senior Examiner since 2010 and undertaking accreditation inspections of Emergency Departments around Australia.  Her career interests include leadership development, teamwork and quality and redesign, particularly as it relates to improving patient centred care. A major undertaking was No Unnecessary Tests, an award-winning project that had its roots in the busy clinical environment of the Emergency Department and has education as a cornerstone in improving the use of pathology and imaging in medical decision making.  Although consumed by clinical school matters these days, Deb is to be found in scrubs every Monday back in the Emergency Department!


Rhys McVittie

Bio: Rhys McVittie is currently a final year MBBS (Hons) student at Monash University.  He has a keen interest in critical care emergency including ICU and emergency medicine.  Rhys has been actively involved in peer learning with Year 3B students in clinical placement and has experience using PebblePad on mobile devices to record and provide feedback during formative assessment activities with fellow students. Rhys has actively been a mentor to year 3 students during his fourth and fifth years and hopes to continue this throughout his medical career as he has a passion for teaching.


Dr Julia Harrison

Bio: Julia Harrison, an Emergency Physician, is the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health. For the past 5 years Julia has been our Curriculum and Assessment Lead for the Clinical Skills theme in the Medicine course at Monash University. Julia has been awarded several prestigious teaching awards including Monash University’s Vice Chancellor’s award for teaching excellence and both a national citation and Teaching Excellence award from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for her work in Patient Safety education.


Professor Geoff Solarsh

Bio: Geoff Solarsh is a paediatrician with a special interest in community child health and community-based medical education in both developed and less developed countries. Since arriving in Australia 15 years ago he has been responsible for designing and implementing models of rural education for the Monash School of Rural Health, initially as Head of School, and then as Director of the North Victorian Rural Medical Education (NVRMEN) program in North Victoria. For the past 4 years he has taken on a more central educational role to project manage the MBBS-MD transition at the medical school. He has also assisted the Deputy Dean with a number of special projects that are linked to this transition. These include a review and re-documentation of the governance structure of the MED program and the review and re-documentation of the Year 3B and Theme IV curricula.


Associate Professor Paul Fullerton

Bio: Paul is a Paediatrician who has had an interest in health professional education throughout his career, from involvement in Aboriginal Health Worker training and Nurse training while working in the Northern Territory to teaching Monash medical students in Melbourne.  He joined Monash Malaysia in 2006, as Assoc Prof Paediatrics.  He completed the MHPE (Monash) in 2015 and commenced a PhD in Medical Education in 2018.  His current interests are in feedback and the impact of culture on the seeking and acceptance of feedback by trainees, and the provision of feedback by tutors and supervisors. Student engagement with feedback is felt to be important if workplace-based learning is to be effective.  Paul is also interested in the transition of senior medical students into their postgraduate training.  This has led him to become involved in education-related committees of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.


The Student Advocacy and Support Officers of the Monash Student Association, left to right are: Jack Lonnborn, Eugene Moore, Lauren Scott, Marian Santos.  Vyvyan Mishra is not pictured.

The Student Advocacy and Support Officers of the Monash Student Association regularly encounter students who experience internet overuse.  This can result in damage to their academic progress and, in some cases, can contribute to academic misconduct when they approach due dates and are hopelessly behind schedule.  We have seen a substantial increase in problematic internet use over the years, and with combined experience of nearly 30 years in our roles, we can offer insights into the complex dynamics that are at play. On behalf of the Student Advocacy and Support Officers of the Monash Student Association, Eugene Moore will be co-facilitating the workshop.  He has a BA in Philosophy, MA in Social Sciences, and MA in Social History.  Eugene is part of the Student Advocacy and Support Office with the Monash Student Association for 11 years.  Previously Eugene was a senior consultant with Diversity@Work located in Melbourne.


Kavya Raj

Bio: Kavya Raj completed her Bachelor in Psychology (Honours) at Monash University and the Monash Alfred Psychiatric Research Centre in 2016, after which she worked as a Research Assistant at Monash University's Cognition & Philosophy Lab. Kavya commenced her PhD at BMH in 2018, and is supervised by Prof Murat Yücel, Dr Rebecca Segrave and Assoc Prof Antonio Verdejo-Garcia. Her research involves mapping corticostriatal dysfunction and testing the efficacy of lifestyle interventions in compulsive disorders.



Manoj Arachige

Bio: Manoj Arachige is currently a third year undergraduate medical student at Monash Medical School. Serving as the previous 2nd year and now 3rd year Academic Representative on the MUMUS Academic Committee, as well as recently working alongside Professor Richard Loiacono and Professor Michelle Leech to evaluate preclinical lecture content and delivery, Manoj is a keen advocate of medical education and the use of online resources and data. He currently also runs an e-learning startup aimed at high school students, hoping to bridge the gap between modern students and outdated teaching styles to make VCE education more efficient and engaging.


Professor Michelle Leech

Bio: Professor Michelle Leech is  the Deputy Dean, Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University. Professor Leech is a Consultant Physician at Monash Health, where she is Deputy Director of Rheumatology. She is the outgoing Chair of the Clinical Examination Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and outgoing Head and Chair of the National Exam Panel of the College of Physicians. She continues as a member of the senior national exam panel. Michelle is also the Medical Deans Australia Executive Treasurer, Deputy Chair of the PMCV and Chair of the Medication Safety and Therapeutics Committee at Monash Health.  She was the Medical Director of Arthritis Australia in 2014 and continues as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee and on the Grants assesssment committee of Arthritis Australia. She joined the NHMRC Assigners Academy in 2015.


Dr Richard Loiacono

Bio: Richard Loiacono is the Academic Director of the Early Years Programs in Monash University’s Medical Course.  He has over 30 years of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience in pharmacology, neuroscience, biomedical science and medical streams, with a Dean’s Award in Teaching Excellence.  His educational pursuits are embedded in the maintenance of academic standards; he is a long term Chair of the Academic Progress Committee and Faculty Discipline Panels.  He is active in both bench research and educational research; his research focusing on the pharmacotherapy of schizophrenia, and the use of technology in learning and assessment, respectively.


Dr Priyia Pusparajah

Bio: Priyia is a paediatrician and previously an aspiring neonatologist who was inspired by some of the senior clinicians who could make sense of everything happening in the NICU with their amazing grasp of physiology and other basic sciences.  She left her post as a neonatology registrar in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore, and joined Monash Malaysia in 2012.  She is involved in teaching, curriculum design and assessment in the Early Years, especially for Concept Consolidation sessions, Clinical Skills and Physiology. Her passion is developing teaching methods that integrate the various basic sciences as well as clinical sciences and clinical reasoning skills, and she was first prize winner in the Malaysian Pharmacology and Physiology Teachers Prize in 2016.  She is currently developing modules to revisit clinically-relevant core basic science for advanced clinical students as well as exploring gamification to enhance the student learning experience.


Professor Charlotte Rees

Bio: Charlotte Rees is Prof and Director of Curriculum (Medicine) and Director of the Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education (MCSHE) at Monash University.  She was previously Prof of Education Research and Director of the Centre for Medical Education at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Charlotte has 20 years’ experience as a health professions educator and education researcher and has expertise in workplace learning, professionalism and preparedness for practice. She is Principal Investigator for the DHHS-funded program designing, delivering and evaluating supervision training for the Victorian health and human services workforce.  She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Monash Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh.


Associate Professor Chris Wright

Bio: Chris Wright is the Academic Director of Clinical Programs for the Monash University medical course. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and of the College of Intensive Care Medicine, where he has been an examiner for many years. He has a Graduate Diploma in Physics from Monash University. He has over 30 years of experience in the private and public health systems, working in the Intensive Care Unit at Monash Health for over 20 years, where he was the Director of the Unit for six years.



Dr Margaret Simmons

Bio: Margaret Simmons is the Deputy Director of the Graduate Entry Medical Course 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.


Florence Ho

Bio: Florence Ho is a current BMedSc(Hons) student and will be completing her medical degree next year. As the current Vice-President (Academic) of the Monash Medical Students’ Society (MUMUS), she has a keen interest in how the medical school curriculum shapes the learning of medical students. Other roles she has held include the Year 4C Academic Representative, Epworth Site Representative and Co-Chair of the Monash Medical Orchestra. Florence is passionate about medical student education, having delivered peer study sessions and several revision lectures for younger year levels. She has also had the privilege of representing the student cohort on multiple faculty committees.


Kevin Shi

Bio: Kevin Shi is the 2019 President of the Monash University Medical Students’ Society and a BMedSc(Hons) student within the Emergency Medicine and Child/Adolescent Mental Health services at the School of Clinical Sciences, Monash Health. He has been an active representative of Monash medical students since 2015 and contributed to the 2017 AMC reaccreditation process and multiple committees across all years of the Monash program.  In his role as a MUMUS representative, Kevin is also a member of the Australian Medical Students Association and AMA Victoria Councils, which have renewed his interest in the influence of junior doctor selection methods and other external pressures on student participation in the medical program and extracurricular activities.


Dr Fiona Kent

Bio: 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 Monash 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 investigating interprofessional education. She is currently the Collaborative Care Curriculum Lead in the Education portfolio of the Faculty.


Dr Arunaz Kumar

Bio: Arunaz Kumar is the director of innovative programs in Women’s Health. Most of these programs are based on simulation and interprofessional learning, which are her main research interests. As past of her role as the Curriculum and Assessment lead in Women’s Health from 2011-2018, she introduced the Women’s Health Interprofessional Learning by Simulation (WHIPLS) program, that is now well established in the medical and midwifery curriculum for all sites.  She also introduced the Women’s Health Emergency Workshop and Surgical Skills Workshop for medical and midwifery/nursing students. Due to these initiatives, she received an award called the Monash School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Prize for 2018. Dr Kumar has a special interest in translational outcomes of educational research and has a PhD in the evaluation of interprofessional simulation programs. She also has a keen interest in education initiatives in improving health professionals’ education in low and middle-income countries and is the founder of the ONE Sim program on obstetric and neonatal simulation.


Dr Susan Waller

Bio: Dr Susan Waller is Senior Lecturer in Interprofessional Education at the Monash University Department of Rural Health (MUDRH). Susan is the Rural Nursing and Allied Health Lead, responsible for the academic support, with colleagues at the various health service partners, of the clinical education placements taking place in the Monash Rural Health footprint. 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. Susan worked as an academic coordinator at the Rural Clinical School in Toowoomba from 2003-2009. She was part of a team who developed an Interprofessional Curriculum in the first Clinical School located in a large private hospital in Brisbane. Susan conducts training workshops in practicing collaboratively and interprofessional facilitation and is a member of the Collaborative Care Curriculum working group.


Madeleine Tse

Bio: Madeleine Tse is a fourth-year medical student and the 2019 Year 4C Academic Representative of Monash University Medical Students' Society. Throughout medical school, she has shown a keen interest for student advocacy and medical education through her roles as 2018 Central Clinical Site Liaison and Alfred Hospital Site Representative, 2017 Vice-President (Preclinical) and 2016 Year 1 Academic Representative. She is actively involved with the near-peer teaching programs by delivering revision lectures and OSCE nights, as well as contributing to various student-run question writing projects, including The Medical Collaborative’s EMQ chat-bot. Her passion for teaching extends to those hoping to enter medicine through her involvement with Monash University’s Hands on Health Program and Open Days, and her role as student advisor with an external organisation where she has worked with over 200 students from around Australia.