We were lucky enough to hear from Bettina Borisch, Professor of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Geneva, Director of the Secretariat of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) about Swiss, European and WFPHA activities in teaching and learning. Bettina's presentation provided a unique perspective on Public Health education in the context of the European Union as well as sharing her experiences with developing a unified offering in Switzerland by creating a consortium of universities funded by a private foundation. Bettina suggested that our current definition of public health doesn't fit the 21st Century and she proposed a new definition which stressed the interconnectivity at a global level of all our efforts and which was best summed up in her take home message: we are all in the boat together.
Intergration of Indigenous Competencies into the Curriculum
Melissa Haswell from the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW gave two terrific presentations about how to empower Indigenous health competencies in a mainstream public health program and how to engage public health students in environmental agency. Melissa showed how the learning activities and design actually translated into real agency for some of the students.
Public Health Competencies and Curriculum Development
There were a range of interesting presentations about development of public health competencies and innovation snapshots from:
- Bronwyn Carter from La Trobe University on Mapping Professional Competencies To Curriculum: Strategies and tools for demonstrating the extent to which curriculum meets competencies
- Sharyn Milnes from Deakin University Medical School, on Reviewing a medical curriculum to encourage reflective practice
- Basia Diug from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University on Enhancing the student undergraduate learning experience by improving tertiary pathways and Using innovative teaching methods to engage in students in a research environment
- Kate MacIntyre School of Medicine, University of Tasmania on Developing and Implementing Public Health Education in Tasmania
- Susan Goldsmid from ANU on Promoting Mental Health Information via the Workplace: Mental Health Guru
- Ania Stasinka from the School of Population Health, University of Western Australia on Group projects in public health- developing work-ready graduates
- Joan Corbett, University of Canberra, Faculty of Health on Structuring Public Health Education for a Capital Contribution: Policy and Workforce Relevance