The MedEd concept was the first forum of its kind in Australian medical education, reflecting on the fundamental role of medical education in providing and shaping the future medical workforce. Stakeholders from across the continuum are invited to attend, and the Conference is an opportunity to explore, debate, discuss and recommend on the issues affecting medical education in Australia.
There had been 4 MedEd conferences since its inception in 2005, the MedEd12 – Inclusion, Innovation amd Investment for the Future (held in Sydney), MedEd09 – Investing in our Medical Workforce (Sydney); MedEd07 – Seamless Medical Education (Melbourne); and MedEd05 – Shared Visions and Common Goals (Canberra) were very successful, bringing together key stakeholders in health in Australia including jurisdictional and Departmental representatives, staff and students of medical schools and members of the profession itself.
MedEd was generously supported by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, the Australian Medical Council, the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils, the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges , Health Workforce Australia, as well as Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand.
MedEd09 – ‘Investing in our Medical Workforce’, focused on health workforce initiatives amongst the backdrop of the 2008 COAG health worforce reform package. The conference also provided the opportunity to review and progress recommendations identified in the 2007 Conference and to develop new initiatives. A conference report is available.
The 2012 conference, following the theme: Inclusion, Innovation and Investment for the Future delivered a hugely stimulating and interesting program that allowed medical educators, government stakeholders, and doctors in training insight and perspective on the rapidly changing state of play within the industry. Visit the MedEd12 website here.
The Federal Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek opened the conference, with Professor Jim McKillop from the UK General Medical Council, the keynote speaker. The conference also saw the inaugural delivered by Dr Michael Bonning. The Conference program is available here.