By Sarah Mooney, doctorate graduate AUT University and advanced clinician in physiotherapy, Mataroria Lyndon, clinical fellow Ko Awatea and Wendy McKinstry, undergraduate clinical leader physiotherapy
In June 2013 we were fortunate to attend the ANZAHPE (Australia and NZ Association for Health Professionals) in Melbourne. It was a wonderful opportunity, at an international level to show case the great work taking place at Ko Awatea and CM Health and between the three of us, we gave three oral presentations and three poster presentations associated with CM Health and two Auckland universities.
ANZHPE aims to promote, support and advance education in health professions and the conference provided an excellent opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the work and research undertaken around NZ and Australia in a variety of health professions. This year, medical, nursing, allied health, dentistry, and exercise physiology professions were all represented. The Conference also provided an opportunity to network with colleagues across the Tasman and nearer to home, develop research collaborations and highlight some of the exciting work at CM Health, either directly through staff positions, or doctoral research.
Wendy submitted a poster ‘Tripartite research collaboration: transforming attitudes and practice to research’’, an innovative adventure, where 9 academic, 14 clinical staff and 25 Year IV students worked together on over 13 research projects. This was spearheaded by Wendy and is currently being adopted in other clinical schools in Auckland and Waikato. Staff and student feedback has been positive and the project is now in its second year. There are plans to develop initial projects into grant applications.
In partnership with the University of Auckland, Mataroria presented on House Officers as Teachers Workshops, which is an initiative unique to CM Health. Mataroria also had three poster presentations relating to the well-being of interns at CM Health, assessment methods in medical education, and academic motivation of medical students, which informs his doctoral work.
Sarah presented on two aspects of her doctoral thesis ‘Physiotherapy clinical education: power interplay through the lens of Bourdieu’. Presentation topics focused on clinical educators being a distinctive and disadvantaged social class, and how clinical educators are shaped through socialisation.
Personal highlights for all of us included the ability to mix and mingle with international experts, discuss common areas of interest over breaks and the conference dinner. We recognised that NZ and specifically CM Health have many innovative people and projects – credible amongst the best of international and Australasian speakers and universities
There are a growing number of masters and doctoral students emerging at CM Health. The Ko Awatea Student Chapter offers a student forum to develop links with a focus on quality improvement – perhaps there is room for a community of post-graduate , Masters and doctoral students, to share and support experiences and knowledge irrespective of the subject area. This may be something to explore in the future.
Sarah, Mataroria and Wendy