Health Professional Education's mission is educational quality in health professions education.
Our services include
- curriculum design, evaluation and training
- health professional education research
Staff have diverse interests ranging from curriculum development and evaluation, clinical teaching and learning, assessment, and clinical skills and simulation.
We host the Executive Officer for ANZAHPE: Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators and have membership of the Committee of Management.
Our main activities are in the domains of curriculum development, assessment, admissions/selection, programme evaluation and faculty development. In these domains we perform quality assurance and improvement, expert consultancy, research and service roles. Our staff teach in a range of courses including the Medical Course and Masters in Clinical Education, deliver faculty development workshops and presentation, engage in expert consultancies, undertake research, supervise research higher degree students and publish in national and international publications.
Our focus is not just on the quality of the Medical Course, but in developing interprofessional education and liaising actively with educators across the school to build specific knowledge and expertise for Flinders University. In addition, we provide a supportive base for clinical education research headed by Professor Lambert Schuwirth, an internationally renowned medical educational researcher.
The Health Professional Education (HPE) Unit is a member of the Flinders Innovations in Clinical Education (FICE) Cluster, with close ties to Flinders University Rural Clinical School (FURCS) headed by Professor Jennene Greenhill, the Onkaparinga Clinical Education Program (OCEP) headed by Dr Sarah Mahoney, and the Clinical Simulation Unit (CSU) headed by Dr Cyle Sprick. Both OCEP and CSU directly deliver teaching programs in the Medical Course. We all share a common research and development interest in Clinical Education.
HPE also has strong functional links with the Courses Administration Unit (CAU) and Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) Unit. CAU and CAL are integral to a range of health professional courses including the Medical Course.
We are located on level 5 of Flinders Medical Centre in the School of Medicine near the medical library. Visitors are welcome.