Health Professional Education

Surgeon Beatrix Weiss’ love of teaching took her back into the classroom ten years ago after a ‘lifetime’ in the operating theatre”.

Currently juggling her commitments in the operating theatre with teaching surgical skills to medical students, Notre Dame’s post graduate Health Profession Education Program is helping her refresh and update her teaching skills and stay relevant to the demands of today’s students.

“Besides a love of teaching, being with students keeps me up to date across a wide range of areas outside my specialty, said Beatrix.

Louise Saunders role as a Staff Development Nurse with Silver Chain Group also demands a high level of student communication and interaction.

“Nurse training gives you the skills to be a nurse, not an educator.  That’s why the Graduate Certificate  program is important as it teaches you not only specific skills but how to be an educator in a medical environment,” said Louise who is often called on to educate nurses in remote and regional Western Australia.

Physiotherapy lecturer Alison Kirkman’s journey towards studying Notre Dame’s Master of Health Professional Education program began with attaining a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching. That was followed by a Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education “which further developed of my tertiary education skills -- including a brilliant course on Ethics for Professionals as well as Clinical Supervision—and helped me better support and mentor students on clinical placement,” said Alison.

“It took me a while to acclimatise to a purely online learning environment but the advantages of flexibility, minimal time constraints and maximum support from the course co-ordinators soon won me over,” she said.

Refresh and update your health teaching skills with Notre Dame's Health Professional Education Program.

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