Alison has worked as the Medical Educator at Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ, previously known as Family Planning) in Perth for 18 years, and is a GP working in women's health. Her education job involves developing and running courses for doctors, teaching in sexual and reproductive health for medical students, and sometimes teaching nurses and students of other health professions.
She discovered, during her medical student days, that she loved teaching. She has since learnt (experientially) a great deal about teaching from her colleagues at SHQ, but wanted to develop her knowledge and skills further by enrolling in the Masters of Health Professions Education course. The course has been very enjoyable, and very stimulating, and she has now developed a much deeper understanding of how to teach well. Meeting and working with other students in the face to face classes has been a great pleasure, and has really enriched the experience. She is enjoying the research experience, investigating whether a sexual health elective for medical students improved their knowledge, skills and/or confidence, and if so, what teaching strategies were useful. She hopes to complete the thesis this year. Her supervisors have provided a wonderful combination of clear guidance, intellectual stimulation and positive encouragement.