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National Medical Educators Gender Skills Workshop

Monash University School of Rural Health was contracted by the Rural Undergraduate Support and Co-ordination (RUSC) Programme to provide two professional development workshops for medical academics involved with teaching gender sensitive medicine in the rural and general medical curricula. The aim was to continue to develop the skills base of academic rural doctors to enable them to teach and conduct research centred on gender issues for rural doctors.

The first of these two-day residential workshops was held in Melbourne in November and the second in Adelaide in December, of 2003. One of the key objectives of both workshops was to enable undergraduate and post-graduate medical educators to meet and share skills and views with young doctors and medical students. A particular emphasis was placed on raising awareness of issues for women in rural practice. Skills outlined covered the identification of best practice in gender-specific medicine. Working collaboratively with faculty the intention was to develop materials which supported this. An interactive teaching model was used.

A total of fifty-five participants worked together to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Twelve Australian Universities represented: Flinders, Adelaide, University of South Australia, Monash, Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, the University of New South Wales, the University of Western Australia, James Cook and the University of Queensland
  2. Rural doctors were well represented and medical students contributed at all levels
  3. The development of twelve draft teaching cases
  4. A National Curriculum Audit was conducted
  5. Connection with Canadian progress through Keynote Speaker Professor Susan Phillips of Queens University , Ontario .
  6. Provision of working tools and materials and skills developed by Monash University