2019 Combined SIG meeting - workshop descriptions

Presentation Skills workshop run by Toastmasters Australia

9am-5pm (Six-hour duration, excluding breaks and lunch)

This year we will be running a communication, leadership skills and interactive workshop as part of the Combined special interest group (SIG) meeting program. Spaces are limited so get in quick!

Toastmasters Australia is a not-for-profit training organisation that focuses on communication and leadership development.

Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. By learning to effectively formulate and convey your ideas, you open a world of possibilities. You will be more persuasive and confident whether speaking with your colleagues, your community or your family.

Leadership is the art of understanding the needs of others and guiding them to achieve common goals. To do so, you need to communicate effectively and inspire people to work as a team. Toastmasters can help you do both. Learn leadership theories and put them into practice in everyday situations.

Provisional program subjects:

  • Introduction to workshop

  • Gaining self-confidence

  • Using vocal variety

  • Using body language

  • Technical presentation

  • Impromptu speaking

  • Evaluation skills

  • Knowing the audience

  • Structuring a speech

  • Running a business session

  • Use of visual aids

  • Identifying items that cause you to lose the audience

  • Identifying items you do without knowing

  • Testing equipment before the start of meeting


Can’t intubate, can’t oxygenate (CICO)

1.5 hour duration

This workshop will meet the criteria for ANZCA and FPM CPD training emergency response "Can't intubate, can't oxygenate". There will be a discussion of airway algorithms, team and crisis management and the role of airway ultrasound. There will also be a hands-on workshop and scenario-based discussions. 



1.5 hour duration

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the “leadership in threes” model, highlighting the key principles of clinical and educational leadership. In this session we will explore leadership, management and followership, and through activities and conversations, participants will be more aware of how to use a range of leadership skills and some relevant theories in their everyday practice. 


A practical guide to performing high quality self-reflection

1.5 hour duration

Clinical expertise is more than just repeated experience. Whether doctors learn from experience or merely repeat the same mistakes with increasing confidence over time depends on how self-critical and analytical they are. Self-reflection is an essential skill in the development of professional practice and a necessary pre-requisite for life-long learning. This workshop will walk you through the process of performing high quality self-reflection on an experience from your own personal practice. This will be done by you as an individual in a completely confidential manner.


Developing an anaesthetic peer support program

1.5 hour duration

This workshop aims to provide a detailed outline on how to implement a peer-support program in your department, based on the model deployed at The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine. Discussions will be centred around adapting this program to meet the needs of individual departments with a focus on staff selection and training, follow-up procedures, program promotion, documentation, and quality assurance activities. The session aims to be interactive and participant focused, with plenty of time for questions and group discussion.

Masterclass:  Anaesthetic Department Leadership - Style, Substance and Sustainability

1.5 hour duration

This Masterclass will examine the leadership styles and character traits of successful Anaesthetic Department Heads and other senior anaesthetists in leadership roles.  

We will review ANZCA’s Supporting Anaesthetists’ Professionalism and Performance guide for clinicians, and consider the further development of behavioural markers to assess the performance and support the professional development of anaesthetist leaders.  

We will explore collective and collaborative leadership models and consider strategies and technologies to support their implementation in Anaesthetic Departments across Australia and New Zealand.
This masterclass will have relevance for aspiring, new and established anaesthetic department heads, as well as individual staff members taking on specific leadership and management roles within an anaesthetic and pain medicine service.


Returning to work after significant injury

1.5 hour duration

Few people return to work after injury or illness without some permanent or at least temporary loss of objective functional capacity. In my own case, this has unfortunately been substantial and permanent. In late 2016 I sustained a serious spinal injury in a bicycle accident which left me with incomplete quadriplegia. 

Professional careers such as medicine require career commitments and capabilities that inevitably form a large part of the individual practitioner’s identity and sense of self-worth. An injury that involves the loss of this capacity, even without the associated financial implications, represents a major blow to these. Conversely, the conservation of one’s professional role, and support in developing new career avenues can be a major component in healing the psychological wounds that accompany major injury or illness.

The health services should, you would expect, be exemplary disciples of this approach. After all, they are surely in the best position to appreciate, if nothing else, at least the sheer economic value of turning people from net consumers of to net contributors to the health bottom-line. Unfortunately, in my experience and in other cases that I am aware of, the converse appears to be true, at least in some areas. In my own experience, at the time of writing, some 18 months after I made overtures about returning to work, I still have not been offered any employment pathway by the hospital I previously worked at.

The above events, the reasons for these, and how we can try to protect those of our colleagues who might suffer disability in the future will form the basis of my contribution to this workshop session.

Dr Blair Munford

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