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2017 Medical Deans Annual Conference, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

The 2017 Medical Deans Annual Conference was held from 12-13 October at the Adelaide Oval. The conference was hosted by the University of Adelaide.

There was a comprehensive programme included the Allan Carmichael Memorial Lecture by Professor Ian Puddey and the Conference Dinner at the National Wine Centre.

The Conference commenced on Thursday, 12 October 2017 with the opening address by Professor Alastair Burt, Executive Dean and Professor Ian Symonds, Dean of Medicine, The University of Adelaide. The conference brought together the Deans of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea medical schools and stakeholders. The programme also included the UMAT, GAMSAT satellite meetings and discussions covering sustainable clinical academic pathways, Indigenous health, medical workforce challenges and the NHMRC grants programme reform.

The Faculty Managers’ face to face meeting was held on Wednesday, October 11 followed by the annual dinner.

The Conference provided the opportunity to discuss some of the key challenges in health service delivery, medical education and research.

2016 Medical Deans Annual Conference, Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, Wollongong


Medical Deans held its 2016 Annual Conference from October 12-14 at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach Hotel. The conference was hosted by the University of Wollongong.

There was a comprehensive programme included an Indigenous Knowledge Initiative, the Allan Carmichael Memorial Lecture and Conference Dinner. The Conference brought medical educators from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and stakeholders together under one roof to discuss the key issues in medical education and research.

The conference commenced midday Wednesday, 12 October 2016 with the Deans of the medical schools in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea participating in the Indigenous Knowledge Initiative at the Illawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre. The Faculty Managers’ satellite meeting was also held on this day, followed by their annual dinner.

The full Conference Programme involving all stakeholders commenced Thursday, 13 October 2016 with the opening address by Professor Paul Wellings, Vice Chancellor, University of Wollongong. The Conference included UMAT, GAMSAT satellite meetings and a mix of panel discussions covering the research agenda, Indigenous health, the impact of technology on medical education and rural and regional medical workforce challenges. Concurrent sessions on clinical training and revalidation also took place and medical students hosted a panel discussion to say what they really think!

The Allan Carmichael Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor Nicholas Fisk. The Conference Dinner and an address by science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams was held on the evening of October 13 at the Harbourfront Restaurant.

2015 Medical Deans Annual Conference, The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart

2015 Medical Deans Annual Conference was hosted by the University of Tasmania from October 8-9, 2015 at The Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart.

There was a comprehensive one and a half day program. The Faculty Managers and Executive Committee satellite meetings were held on Wednesday 7 October, 2015, followed by their annual dinner.

The conference commenced on Thursday 8 October, 2015 at the beautiful Henry Jones Art Hotel. The opening address was given by the Hon Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health, Tasmania.  The Allan Carmichael Memorial Lecture was delivered on this day by Emeritus Professor John Hamilton. The Conference Dinner was held on the evening of Thursday 8 October at the well-known Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) on the banks of the Derwent.

On Friday 9 October 2015, the conference concluded with a mix of panel discussions with key stakeholders around hot issues.

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Allan Carmichael Memorial Oration by Emeritus Professor John Hamilton AM, OBE

2014 Medical Deans Annual Conference, Deakin University, Geelong

The Deakin University was the host university worked alongside Medical Deans to bring the Annual Conference. The Conference commenced on Monday 20 October with an Indigenous Knowledge Initiative for Deans of all Medical Schools from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. The Faculty Administrators Workshop, for Faculty Managers and associated faculty staff, was held on Monday 20 October at the Deakin Management Centre, followed by their annual dinner.

On Tuesday 21 October, there were a range of topics discussed including a political overview of health education and workforce, regional and rural health, and Indigenous and South Pacific health. This day was open to Deans, Faculty Managers and Staff and External Invited Guests. The Conference Dinner was held on the evening of Tuesday 21 October at the scenic Terindah Estate Winery on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Wednesday 22 October was a day exclusively for Deans and Faculty Managers / Staff.

2013 Medical Deans Annual Conference, The University of Auckland, Auckland NZ

The 2013 Annual Conference was held over two days in October hosted by The University of Auckland. It was the first Medical Deans conference to be held in NZ. Representatives from all 20 member schools were in attendance, along with partner and stakeholder organisations representing medical education, workforce, Indigenous health, government and students, across both Australia and New Zealand. Also in attendance were representatives from the medical schools in Fiji and Papua New Guinea. The program was a mix of stimulating and informative presentations and discussion, with topics spanning a variety of issues affecting Medical Deans and its stakeholder organisations.

Program topics included Workforce, Indigenous Health, Curriculum, Social Accountability, Research, e-Learning and updates in Medical Deans activities. Being in NZ, the conference had a distinctly NZ flavour, with prominent guest speakers including Professor Des Gorman, Dr John Adams and Dr Elana Curtis. 7 Pech-kucha presentations were delivered, showcasing initiatives in Maori medical education. A copy of the program is available here.

Professor Ian Anderson delivered the Allan Carmichael Memorial Lecture.

The highlight of the conference was the conference dinner held at the spectacular Mudbrick Vineyard on Waiheke Island.

2012 Medical Deans Annual Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Coogee, Sydney

The 2012 Annual Conference was run in conjunction with MedEd12, and as such, there was no ‘host’ university.

The Conference was shortened to an all day meeting, with issues discussed including internships, shared assessment, social accountability and research. The day concluded with presentations from Health Workforce Australia and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare.

2011 Medical Deans Annual Conference, University of Western Sydney, Sydney

The 2011 Conference was held over 3 days in early September at Sydney Olympic Park. The first day incorporated the biennial Indigenous Knowledge Initiative that is part of the Collaboration Agreement between Medical Deans and AIDA. Following an introductory presentation at Sydney Olympic Park, the Deans were split into 2 groups and visited 2 separate western Sydney Aboriginal Medical Services. The Initiative concluded at the UWS Medical School with dinner and entertainment hosted by the university.

Day 2 incorporated sessions on 3 main themes:

1.      Medical Education (Measuring student outcomes and Competencies)
2.      Indigenous Health (Building relationships with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations)
3.      Health Workforce (Overseas Intern placements; Clinical Academic Workforce; Workforce Planning)

Invited speakers presented on each topic, and sessions included discussion panels made up of relevant guest stakeholders from DOHA, HWA, ALTC, NACCHO, AMC, AHPRA, AIHW and AMSA amongst others.

The conference concluded on Day 3 with a facilitated discussion for the Deans led by Dr Norman Swan to discuss outcomes and actions from the conference.


2010 Medical Deans Annual Conference, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle

The 2010 Annual Conference included sessions dedicated to curriculum issues, recruitment and retention of Indigenous medical students, health workforce planning, as well as the Medical Deans Benchmarking and Competencies projects.  Delegates included Deans of Medicine from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papaua New Guinea, Faculty Managers and representatives from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, the Australian Medical Students’ Association , the Health Workforce Australia, the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils and the Australian Medical Council, amongst others.


2009 Medical Deans Annual Conference, Flinders University, Alice Springs

The biennial Indigenous Knowledge Initiative, as outlined in the Medical Deans – AIDA Collaboration Agreement , was held at the 2009 Annual Conference in the Todd River Bed.  The Initiative involved learning from ngankari (traditional healers) and visits to Aboriginal Medical Services.  The Conference also included sessions on the national health reform agenda, capacity-building for Indigenous medical academic leadership and a debate on the merits of a standard core curriculum.


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