Keynote Speakers

24 October Summit Keynote Speakers

Dr Victoria Brazil
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Dr 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, team development, and listening at conferences. She also serves as a faculty member with the Harvard Macy Institute. Victoria is an enthusiast in the social media and #FOAMed world (@SocraticEM), and she is co-producer of Simulcast (


Gold Coast Health Service 
Simulation Podcast
Bond Translational Simulation Collaborative 
Harvard Macy Institute

‘Safe, not soft’ – hitting the sweet spot for simulation-based education

Learners in simulation-based education are at risk. They may be deceived, judged or ‘shown up’ in front of their colleagues, and dread returning to the sim lab. But equally they risk wasting time in simulation – if faculty are ‘too nice’, and fearful of offering useful and rigorous critique of performance. And there are other, subtler risks – simulation is a moment of ‘cultural compression’ and learners may absorb unintended messages – stereotyping of patients or colleagues, and other unconscious biases. It’s not just simulation – these risks arguably exist in many educational activities in healthcare.

So how do we find a ‘sweet spot’?

What is psychological safety, and how do we create and maintain it?

Using case study examples (ok mostly my own simulation epic fails…) we’ll consider the design and delivery of experiential learning, the role of cognitive load management, and keeping learning conversations ‘safe, not soft’. And think about the bidirectional relationship between psych safety in real world healthcare teams and in their simulation training.

Dr Alan Giles
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Dr Alan Giles is an Emergency Physician and Medical Educator based in Sydney, Australia, He commenced as a Staff Specialist in Liverpool Hospital in 1996 where amongst various roles he was the DEMT (Director of Emergency Medical Training). He now has a clinical position at the Sydney Adventist Hospital in Wahroonga where he teaches ultrasound and contributes to registrar, CMO and medical student teaching. Specific interests lie in Paediatrics and Point of Care Ultrasound. In addition Alan is the Hospital Non Specialist Training Director in the SWSLHD and SLHD doing a combination of face to face, simulation and on line teaching. He has a YouTube channel with a video series called “Emergency Medicine Topics in 1 coffee”.

YouTube Channel

Sydney Adventist Hospital 
Sydney Local Health District 
South Western Sydney Local Hospital District 


E-portfolios - are they really useful?

We look to address whether having an e portfolio is useful for different subgroups of doctors. Types of e portfolios are described and examples of 2 platforms that could be used for e portfolios and well as fulfilling requirements for AHPRA CPD as shown. Briefly there is a discussion of what the role of reflection is as part of an e portfolio including its potential pitfalls.

Prof Kirsty Forrest
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Prof Kirsty Forrest is the Dean of Medicine, Professor of Medical Education, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University, Australia. Kirsty has been involved in medical education for over 15 years, and her research has been translated through co-authoring and editing several best-selling medical textbooks including ‘Understanding Medical Education: Evidence, Theory and Practice’ and ‘Healthcare Simulation at a Glance’. Kirsty’s passion for medical education extends beyond the undergraduate forum into the graduate forum through her roles as member of the Education, Development and Evaluation Committee and a lead facilitator for the educator program of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). She works clinically as a Consultant Anaesthetist at Gold Coast University Hospital and her clinical research areas include medical leadership education and patient safety. Kirsty’s other leadership roles, including as an Executive Member and Treasurer of the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand and Chair of the Medical Education Collaborative committee.


Bond University 
ANZCA Education and Training 
Gold Coast University Hospital 
Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand 


Creativity out of calamity: The COVID-19 Pandemic, a seismic leap in Medical Education

My answer to this question would be no, not yet.

Many of the changes that have happened and are happening were already thought of and planned prior to the pandemic. The pandemic helped remove some of the barriers to those changes. The opportunity of change was seized upon and in a very short space of time driven by a sense of purpose. I have called these opportunities silver linings some of which have been a success and others not as much as we thought.

I would like to challenge us all in medical education about whether we have capitalised on all the silver linings and the opportunities that this ‘unprecedented times’ have presented to us – have we heard and seen all the silver linings?

Dr Sarah Rennie
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Dr Sarah Rennie is an academic surgeon with a passion for medical education. She studied Medicine in the UK and completed a basic surgical training rotation, whilst researching academic misconduct amongst medical students. She developed and was the inaugural president for JASME (Junior Association for the Study of Medical Education). Sarah was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to complete a PhD in Surgical Education, looking at surgical decision making at Otago University. She then returned to Surgical “Training” in New Zealand. Sarah has maintained in interest in academic medical education and has been an education advisor for the Royal College of Surgeons (RACS) for some of its course, she has been a member of the RACS Academy of Surgical Educators for the last 10 years. Sarah is also a Mum to five fabulous children.


Royal College of Surgeons 

Reflections on Medical Students and Medical Education

A reflection on predictions made in 2000 about what the “medical student in 2020” would look like and how medical education might change. What did I predict? Why? Was I right? What about diversity and inclusion?
How has medical education changed? How might it change in the future?

26 August Summit Keynote Speakers

Prof Darrell Evans
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Prof Darrell Evans is passionate about the transformative power of education and its promise for future generations. As a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), and with an academic background as a professor in anatomy, Darrell blends his teaching, research and management expertise as well as his creative flair to provide dynamic approaches to the training and mentoring of educators through his company globalDARBE. Darrell’s role as a change leader in higher education also provides the opportunity for sharing his experience and ideas in areas that span vision and strategy creation, curriculum development and online learning, infrastructure design and campus planning, and leadership development and change management.      


Designing for online learning – providing educators with the know-how

There has been a rush to online and remote learning in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with educators needing to quickly adapt their teaching to meet the requirements of learners that are no longer interacting them in a face-to-face environment. Although the fundamentals of good curriculum design are still critical, educators must also be aware that the creation of an online learning experience requires different thinking. Some learning approaches just don’t work for online, learner engagement is often more challenging, remote learners require different support and the way we present the learning journey needs to be more explicit. This session is therefore designed to aid educators who are engaging in the world of online learning and teaching and will cover some of the fundamentals of effective online learning design and how to connect with and support online learners.

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Dr Clare Skinner
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Dr Clare Skinner is Director of EM at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in Sydney, New South Wales. Clare is a proud graduate of the local public school system and completed degrees in arts and science at the Australian National University before embarking on a medical degree at the University of Sydney.

Clare was a Junior Medical Officer at the Canberra Hospital before moving back to Sydney to undertake training in EM at Royal North Shore Hospital. Clare also completed a Masters of Public Health degree. Since attaining Fellowship in 2011, she has worked clinically across Northern Sydney and as Curriculum Advisor for the Sydney Medical School.

Clare is interested in improving workplace culture in EDs and hopes to achieve this by advocating for increased senior medical staffing, building positive relationships in and beyond the ED, providing excellent clinically-orientated education, and mentorship of trainees and Junior Medical Officers.


What you say matters – Reflecting on the importance of feedback in training

Clare will recount her personal experiences of medical education and training and will explore techniques for giving useful feedback. She will demonstrate that all clinicians are in leadership positions and need to be mindful of the impact their words and behaviour have on others.

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Dr Amy Imms
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Dr Amy Imms is the founder of The Burnout Project, which assists individuals and organisations with preventing and managing burnout. She is author of ‘Burnout: your first ten steps’, which is a concise practical evidence-based guide to managing burnout.

Amy has worked with both students and educators in medical schools, as well as doctors ranging from interns right through to experienced consultant specialists. She believes in the importance of proactively implementing burnout strategies early in study and career, and then continually adapting this to meet challenges as they inevitably arise.

Amy lives in Hobart, where she juggles raising her five children with running The Burnout Project. She studied medicine at the University of Tasmania, and spent her early career as a GP in the greater Hobart area. Her interest in burnout arose out of personal experience with burnout as well as frustration with finding good support and resources for patients with burnout.


Wellbeing: an essential ingredient in medical education

Burnout is a critical issue facing doctors and medical students, particularly during the early stages of career and training. If we want capable doctors who perform at their best throughout a long career, we need to invest in their wellbeing. We need doctors who thrive, not merely survive. Burnout does not arise out of individual weakness or lack of resilience. In fact, rather the opposite. We select a strong, intelligent, compassionate, resilient cohort who can endure the onerous training program. Our medical system has evolved to then push this cohort to, and beyond, their limits. 

We need to empower doctors with not only skills and knowledge to diagnose and treat others, but to also navigate their own wellbeing. We need doctors who are self-aware, and understand their personal risk factors and strategies to optimise their mental state. We need doctors who understand the system they work within and the organisational factors which cause burnout, so they can mitigate those risks. We need doctors who are confident in setting appropriate boundaries and know how to respond to unsafe work conditions. We need doctors who regularly self-reflect upon signs of burnout, so they detect it early and take action. We need doctors who are prepared for the unique challenges as they progress through stages of training.

These issues don’t stop with doctors and medical students. If we want a robust medical workforce, then we also need to care for our educators and support staff. We need an environment that fosters learning, productivity, retention of information, and creativity. We need high quality teachers who enjoy their work and can sustain it over many years, continuing to inspire and encourage trainees. Wellbeing is not simply a nice bonus. Wellbeing is the foundation for great doctors, for helping patients, and for a functional healthcare system.

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Glenn Price
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Glenn Price is a behavioural change & transformation consultant and co-author of the
top selling strategy execution book “Drivers” A Story of Transformational Change.

Glenn’s specific areas of strength include consulting and developing leadership and team competence in strategy execution, change & transformation, strategic communication, product launch and behavioural change. He is a certified Extraordinary Leader Workshop facilitator/coach™ and Breakthrough coach™. Glenn has lectured in Behavioural Change Management within the MBA curriculum in conjunction with London Business School & The American University, Dubai was a regular columnist for CEO Magazine & the author of Drivers – A Story of Transformational Change. His formal academic work includes studies in International Marketing & Law.

LinkedIn – Glenn Price

Discover your purpose – the brand called you

What is your brand? What is the brand that every company wants? You have a brand whether you’re aware of it or not. The brand is called “YOU” and it’s one of the most important parts of the whole job search process. It’s crucial to be able to distinguish yourself from every other candidate. You have an important role to articulate why they should hire you. Learn when you change your inner message, the outer message becomes natural.

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