Project Report

Enhancing health professional education capacity in the Western Pacific region


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Linda Sweet1
PhD, Associate Professor *

Louise Young2 PhD, Associate Professor

Sinead Kado3 MBBS, SSCSiP Pacific Clinical Organisations and CPD officer and PBL tutor for MBBS


1 College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia

2 College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld 4811, Australia

3 Fiji National University, Suva, Fiji

ACCEPTED: 17 April 2018

early abstract:

In the last five years there has been a rapid rise in numbers of overseas trained medical graduates returning to country to work as interns across the Western Pacific. These graduates were found to have a varied and different level of clinical knowledge and skill from that previously experienced in the region. This change in workforce profile led to an urgent need for upskilling clinicians as educators and supervisors. A team of clinical education facilitators were invited to design and deliver context specific professional education workshops to address this need. These workshops were designed to equip clinical staff with education and supervision skills to optimize teaching and learning opportunities in clinical settings for these new graduates of foreign medical programs. Embracing a collaborative approach and addressing learning needs in local contexts has enabled the team to enhance medical education capacity on the Western Pacific region. This paper presents the context of the need for, and development of clinical education workshops for intern supervisors in the Western Pacific.