2018 Combined SIG

Join the Medical Education, Welfare, Leadership and Management, and Communication special interest groups in Byron Bay this September for the 15th annual Combined Special Interest Group Meeting.



This year’s meeting is convened by the Medical Education SIG. The theme “Turning potential into performance” will explore topics of relevance to all of us, such as:

  • Feedback.

  • Having difficult conversations.

  • Getting the most out of workplace based assessments (WBAs).

  • Assessment tools. 

There will also be a session on how to turn your questions and ideas into research, with advice and guidance from published researchers. Additionally, on Friday September 21 there will be interactive emergency response workshops which fulfil the ANZCA CPD requirements.
Byron Bay is a popular tourist destination with numerous beaches and a relaxed lifestyle, and at this time of year you may also see the whale migration. Bring the family and make a long weekend of it, combined with opportunities for education updates.


Scientific Program

Please click here to download the program.

Invited speakers

Professor Liz Molloy is Professor of Work Integrated Learning at the University of Melbourne. Liz’s work seeks to better link what trainees learn in theory to practice in the clinical workplace. Liz trained as a physiotherapist, and her interest in health professions education lead her to return to the University of Melbourne to complete a PhD (2006) on feedback in clinical education. Liz has published more than 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and books, and was co-editor of the book “Feedback in Higher and Professional Education, Understanding it and doing it well”.

Professor Victoria Brazil is an emergency physician and medical educator. She is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at the Gold Coast Health Service, and at Bond University medical program. Victoria’s main interests are in connecting education with patient care - through healthcare simulation, technology enabled learning, faculty development activities, and talking at conferences. She is a #FOAMed enthusiast (@SocraticEM), and also co-produces Simulcast.



The meeting will include workshops and emergency response workshops which fulfil the ANZCA CPD requirements.
Feedback for learning: Doing it better
Professor Liz Molloy

Feedback is key to promoting trainee and practitioner learning in healthcare. However, despite this potential, feedback is often misunderstood and under-utilised by both learners and educators. We surveyed approximately 4,500 students and 400 staff from two universities to identify units of study that demonstrated effective feedback. From these we chose seven cases both staff and students thought were effective. We then developed an empirically-based framework, funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching, to improve student learning through improving institutional, educator, and student capacity to generate and use feedback.

This interactive workshop will draw on participants’ experiences of feedback in the workplace and participants will have opportunities to identify how the "feedback for learning framework" relates to their current practices. We will discuss the importance of taking on a broader view of feedback beyond "provision of comments" as well as the types of considerations there are when it comes to designing new feedback processes and influencing others.
Learning outcomes:

  • Identify current problems and tensions in feedback practice within your context.

  • Describe a productive model of feedback that accounts for learner involvement in the process.

  • Identify conditions in your own workplace that may influence feedback practices.

  • Identify institutional/departmental factors that might improve learner and supervisor ‘literacy’ in feedback.

  • Identify and plan for next steps in terms of improvements in your own feedback contexts.

Conversations that challenge: Is there a way to be effective?
Maurice Hennessy (ANZCA)

This interactive workshop will explore a structure to assist with conversations you find challenging. The emphasis will be on choosing the right conversation, creating psychological safety, differentiating facts from assumptions, and applying an approach to engage in dialogue towards an effective conversation.

Critical incident, what happens next?

Associate Professor Scott Simmons and Dr Trish Newel
Strategies will be discussed for dealing with situations following a critical incident from the perspective of different stakeholders.
Where appropriate participants will also be invited to share their experiences of challenging cases in which things did not go as planned.
Some case-based scenarios and pre-reading will be circulated before the session to stimulate discussion.


Free paper session

We invite prospective authors to submit abstracts for presentation at the Combined SIG meeting. This session is an opportunity for qualitative researchers to present their study results or ideas for research projects for discussion. Details on abstract submission are available from the organising committee.

Social program

The welcome reception will take place on Friday September 21 at the conclusion of the meeting on the restaurant lawn. The dinner will be held on the spa deck at the Byron at Byron Resort on Saturday September 22.



This event is claimable by ANZCA CPD participants as follows:


  • Knowledge and skills activities: Lectures – one credit per hour. Workshops – two credits per hour.


ANZCA members will automatically have their attendance accredited to their CPD portfolio.


The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa is sold out.
The Byron Holiday Park is a 10 minute walk from the resort and villas are available.  Ph: 026 685 6751

Learn to teach with results

Would you like to learn more about the practical application of educational theory to create positive learning experiences for trainees? We’re holding a three-day ANZCA Educators Program course in Byron Bay from September 18 to 20, providing the perfect opportunity for delegates to take part in this popular event as an adjunct to the SIG meeting. Spaces are strictly limited, so book now to secure your spot.



Dr Neroli Chadderton



For further information please contact the meeting secretariat:


Kirsty O’Connor

Senior Events Officer

P: +61 3 9517 5332
E: events@anzca.edu.au

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