Trainers of Excellence - Advancing the Way Forward


Mignon Markwick & Marion Reece being presented with their
Flinders ProgramTM Markwick Reece Awards by Malcolm Battersby

The inaugural Flinders ProgramTM Accredited Trainers Conference was held at Flinders University on Monday August 27 and Tuesday August 28. An exciting two day program was enjoyed by 24 Accredited Trainers from around Australia and New Zealand, and it was a great opportunity for people to share stories and learn from each others experiences.

A highlight of the two days was the awarding of the first annual Flinders ProgramTM Markwick Reece Award, fittingly to Mignon Markwick and Marion Reece. Associate Professor Malcolm Battersby reminded us all of how instrumental Mignon and Marion have been in the development and dissemination of the Flinders ProgramTM.

We also had the launch of the new Flinders ProgramTM DVD, and Malcolm gave us all some great insights into its potential uses for training. We enjoyed presentations on the Flinders ProgramTM in Practice from Vee Pols and Grant Edwards from Resthaven in South Australia, Anne Brown from ISIS Primary care in Victoria, Jayne Hill from Manaia Health in New Zealand, and Annette Roberts from Hunter New England Health in New South Wales. Joanne Walker gave us a great update health system changes to increase self management support, and a lot of lively discussion was stimulated by presentations on the challenges and opportunities for  implementation of self management support by Mignon Markwick, Naomi Kubina, Maree Dertien and Kathleen Doole! A common comment over the two days was how refreshing it was to be surrounded by people excited by self management!