Education and Learning – bringing education together

In 2018 the four areas of Clinical Education and Simulation, Learning and Development, Medical Education and Nursing Education came together under the banner of Education and Learning.

New General Manager Associate Professor Deanne Riddington says she is delighted to be leading the transition, with the focus being about creating a truly interdisciplinary team and an opportunity to further strengthen a collegiate platform.

Associate Professor Deanne Riddington
Associate Professor Deanne Riddington

Education and Learning has taken a novel approach among health services to deliver its education programs. The focus is on the individual’s career pathway, rather than being discipline specific, covering early to continuing career learning.

‘For the new combined team it’s about learning from each other while teaching others,’ says Deanne. ‘The new unit is a step forward for the growth of education at St Vincent’s – at its core it will strengthen collaborative learning.’

An interim department structure has been established to ensure it’s ‘business as usual’. The next step for the team will be developing a St Vincent’s education strategy.

Rachel Green, Jade Murphy, Jennifer Weil, Genni Newnham, Candice Quinlan
Rachel Green, Jade Murphy, Jennifer Weil, Genni Newnham, Candice Quinlan

The Medical Education Team is a multidisciplinary team with a vast range of clinical and educational experience. Our focus is on the continuing education and welfare of our Junior Medical Staff. The team is enthusiastic and focused on redesigning education to be clinically relevant and contemporary for our modern learners,’ said Medical Education Officer, Rachel Green.

‘The Simulation Team has a passion for team based multidisciplinary training with the common goal of improving clinical confidence and promoting patient safety. In 2019, we will be aiming to take simulation to the clinical environment and improve responses to clinical deterioration in a safe setting,’ said Simulation Coordinator, Clarissa Torcasio.

Education and Learning -Simulation team

Isobel Ursich, Learning & Development Coordinator

‘I commenced in August 2018 after spending five years with Eastern Health. As Learning and Development Coordinator I partner with managers and teams to deliver high quality management and leadership skills programs. Our focus for 2019 is on reviewing the hospital’s new employee orientation program. We will also be introducing a mentoring program to support leaders.’

Isobel Ursich, Learning & Development Coordinator



Sarah Britten, Graduate Nurse Coordinator

‘As the Graduate Nurse Program Coordinators, my colleague Paula Titford and I bring many year of nursing education experience to the program. St Vincent’s has long been a preferred employer for new nurses commencing their careers and we are committed to providing ongoing education, training and support to ensure a successful transition for tomorrow’s nurses.’

Sarah Britten, Graduate Nurse Coordinator


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