Sydney Dental School project aims to provide excellence in clinical education

9 July 2014

The Sydney Faculty of Dentistry has achieved a successful application for a Health Education & Training Institute (HETI) NSW Government Health Workforce Australia for the exciting research project “Interprofessional Clinical Supervisor Network Website and Conference” proposed by lead researcher, Dr Tania Gerzina. This invited application to a 2014 project was greeted with enthusiasm by the HETI awarding committee on behalf of the Greater Metro ICTN whose belief in the importance and validity of the project gained the award of $50,400 which will now enable the team to continue the ClinTeach initiative.

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The current proposal will aim to support excellence in clinical education in NSW clinical placements by providing an optimised Clinical Supervisor Networking Website and Conference strategy. Supervisor capacity will be supported and further developed by engagement in translational and clinical science research outputs provided in the website. This proposal will build on the success of the ClinTeach Website and Conference, the HETI-Funded project completed in 2013 when the ClinTeach website was designed and launched, in Canberra ACT.
Two strengths of the current project are that, first the Project Team will work collaboratively with colleagues from HETI and Charles Sturt University functioning in a Project Steering Group in management of the project. The group bring together an increased diversity of experience and talent to the project. The second strength is the existing evaluation of the 2013 ClinTeach project and the application of translational science that provide explicit evidence for the enhancement of the ClinTeach strategy.

Project objectives

Objective 1: To extend and optimise an established website, ClinTeach designed specifically for Clinical Supervisors that provides a professional communication network structure based on experiential engagement and educational research. The online network will be designed to provide an authentic and unique forum for supervisors to engage with each other across placements and professions and with current disciplinary research through translational initiatives.
Objective 2: To contribute to the further development of an interprofessional network of Clinical Supervisors including academics, health practitioners, health service managers, policy analysts in Australian as a community of practice through a national ClinTeach Conference. Inaugurally held in 2013, this 2014 conference will build on success and evaluation of the 2013 conference.
Objective 3: To investigate Australian Clinical Supervisor Networking using strategic mixed methodology research evaluation and conceptual framing from the ClinTeach Website and Conference. This formal research will provide the evidence supporting the continued effectiveness of the Clinical Supervisor Network as supported by the ClinTeach website and conference. The research arm of the project will form the substantial project for a candidate from the University of Sydney.

Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the Sydney Dental School

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales Dental Hospital campus (Surry Hills, a suburb of Sydney) and Camperdown/ Darlington campus (main campus)
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years

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