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In this issue

1. ACEN Board elections

2. How valuable are unpaid internships? - Radio National 'Drive'

3. Creating Leaders of Change in Health Education and Practice

4. Position vacant - Associate Lecturer – Work Integrated Learning

5. University of Newcastle Annual WIL Awards

'Hands on @ UON' launch

Photo exhibition

Hall of Fame Inductee

6. What do you want in 2016?

7. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education special edition

8. WIL leadership capabilities

9. Embedding simulation into Physiotherapy Clinical Placement

10. Engaging with third-party providers

1. ACEN Board elections

Judie Kay and Michael WhelanAt the first meeting of the ACEN Board, as required under our constitution, the Board elected a President and Chair of Finance and Audit.

Judie Kay (Assistant Director Careers & Employment, RMIT) was elected unopposed as President.

Dr Michael Whelan (Deputy Head of School, Environment, Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University) was elected unopposed as Chair of Finance and Audit.

Congratulations to them both.

2. How valuable are unpaid internships?

ABC Radi0 logoRadio National 'Drive' Broadcast on Thursday 20 November 2014 7:06PM

Do unpaid internships always lead to better career opportunities? Or do they put too much financial stress on young people and just favour the better-off? Also - are companies rorting the system for free labour?

Waleed Aly raised these questions and many more in a panel discussion with Andrew Stewart, a law professor who co-wrote a report on internships for the Fair Work Ombudsman, and Broede Carmody, a final-year journalism student who's completed several internships.


3. Creating Leaders of Change in Health Education and Practice

Creating Leaders of Change in Health Education and Practice picFriday, 12th December, 2014,10.00am-3.00pm, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW

No cost to attend - RSVP by 25 November, 2014

To support the expansion of interprofessional clinical placement opportunities—and produce health graduates with interprofessional collaborative capabilities—an Office for Learning and Teaching funded project has created a change leadership programme for Australian academic and health industry staff.

Funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.

Hosted by Charles Sturt University, The Education for Practice Institute.

More (PDF)

4. Position vacant

Associate Lecturer – Work Integrated Learning, Faculty Of Health Sciences, Sydney University

Continuing part-time (0.4FTE) position in Work Integrated Learning – Diagnostic Radiography

The Faculty of Health Sciences is the largest health science faculty in Australia and is internationally recognised for quality and innovation in teaching and research. The faculty is improving some of its practices in work integrated education in both the professional preparation programs and the non-clinical programs offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Closing date: 10 December 2014

More (PDF)

5. University of Newcastle Annual WIL Awards

Universiyy of Newcastle WIL awards

From dissecting cadavers in the University's anatomy laboratory, teaching Indonesian children dental health, raising Indigenous awareness in the workplace, overcoming a crippling lack of resources to deliver obstetrics help in Nepal and coordinating multi-million dollar infrastructure projects, this year's University of Newcastle staff and student WIL Awards highlighted some exceptional WIL activities undertaken by University of Newcastle staff and students.

See awardees and their achievements (PDF)

'Hands on @ UON' launch

During the event, the inaugural 'Hands on @UON' WIL publication was launched celebrating the significant contribution students and partners make to the success of WIL. The pic above is from the brochure.

Hands on UON (PDF)

Photo exhibition

An exhibition Hands On: A Photo Essay specifically commissioned for the WIL Awards by Bachelor of Fine Arts student, Mathew Glover. The images created by Mathew are showcased in the 'Hands on @ UON' publication and provide an authentic and creative student perspective of WIL at UON.

Hall of Fame Inductee

Hunter Imaging Group was named the Hall of Fame Inductee at the 2014 awards ceremony. In 2014 alone, 45 students will complete professional placements with Hunter Imaging. Currently, 132 University graduates are employed as radiographers and nuclear medicine technicians.

Full details and more pics

6. What do you want in 2016?

Whether or not you attended the 2014 conference, we want to know what you think in terms of the possible duration, format and location of the next conference, and capture any suggestions you may have for related events and activities, both at national and state level.

ACEN is committed to delivering events that meet the needs of its members. With the highly successful 2014 ACEN conference still fresh in our minds, we would like to gather your thoughts and suggestions via a brief survey.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by Wednesday, November 26, 2014 TODAY!). This is an opportunity to have your say in the design of the 2016 conference. Your input is highly valued, and will help ACEN design a cutting-edge event to promote the advancement of WIL in Australia.

Complete the survey (closes Wed Nov 26)

(Thanks if you've already responded).

7. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education special edition

Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education special editionThe Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education (APJCE) welcomes submissions for the special issue based on the theme of the 2014 ACEN conference (Building Capacity).  Submitted papers must be extended, more detailed, and refined versions of the proceedings paper presented at the ACEN conference (i.e. extended literature review, more detailed methodology/methods, and greater literature informed critical discussion), and must fit within the theme of the conference.

Full paper submission:  5 Dec, 2014

More details

8. WIL leadership capabilities

Vic-Tas ACEN Branch and Office of Learning and Teaching - Workshop: WIL and Leadership

The recent OLT study into WIL leadership found that the capabilities required by WIL leaders across tertiary institutions and industry were the ability to:

1) shape vision and policy;

2) communicate and influence WIL;

3) create sustainable WIL relationships and strengthen WIL culture;

4) foster engagement, expertise and learning in WIL; and

5) drive outcomes that serve the needs of WIL stakeholders.

A workshop held at RMIT Melbourne on November 19th 2014, facilitated by Malcolm Campbell (Deputy-Dean, Deakin) with the help of Leoni Russell (Senior L&T Advisor, RMIT) and Judie Kay (Assistant Director Careers & Employment, RMIT) on behalf of the OLT research team, stimulated robust discussion among the participants. There was a strong level of interest and engagement shown by the 25 representatives from Victorian universities who participated.

OLT WIL Leadership report

9. Embedding simulation into Physiotherapy Clinical Placement

The University of Notre Dame Australia Physiotherapy programme is one of 16 Physiotherapy Programmes trialling an innovative HWA funded programme, ‘Embedding simulation into clinical training to build capacity’. The Notre Dame approach is unique as it 'value adds' to some WIL experiences by embedding specifically targeted SLE scenarios thus ensuring that students are exposed to an adequate caseload of patients with the mix of medical conditions that fulfil Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC) requirements for a 'core' placement.

Students attend the purpose-built simulated hospital ward and/or physiotherapy outpatient area (SLE) once a week during their five week placement. Standardised clinical scenarios using role play actors or medium fidelity mannequins supplement and enhance the WIL experience ensuring these facilities can now consistently meet APC requirements for a ‘core’ placement.

10. Engaging with third-party providers

Following discussions at the recent conference, it is apparent that all universities are grappling with how best to engage productively with third party providers. There are some examples of existing good practice that could be consolidated and adapted, in partnership with third party providers, to provide guidelines that could assist in this space.

A working party will be established in 2015 to take this project forwards, with more updates to follow.  Any queries in relation to this project can be directed to Annabelle (a.willox@uq.edu.au).