EDUCATION AND WORKSHOPS FOR EXTERNAL SUPERVISORS

The Faculty of Health Sciences provides external supervisors with educational opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in the organising, structuring and carrying out of clinical and work placements of students. The Work Integrated Learning Team contributes to this by providing workshops for Clinical Educators of Faculty of Health Sciences students.

Interdisciplinary Allied Health Clinical Educator Workshops

We run a variety of interprofessional workshops during the year. Further information about each can be found below.

Introduction to clinical education

Delivering innovative models of clinical education

Principles of assessment

Working with students in challenging situations

Becoming a clnical educator workplace champion

Developing and managing interprofessional placements

Using narratives of experience as a clinical educator to develop expertise

Introductory Workshops

Introductory workshops are suitable for clinical educators who have:

  • not previously supervised a student on placement
  • only supervised a couple of students
  • not attended a supervisor workshop previously
  • not supervised students for some time
Introduction to Clinical Education

This workshop will include interdisciplinary and individual discipline group sessions.

Examples of topics covered:

  • Managing placements and setting up for success
  • Roles of the supervisor/educator
  • Learning in the workplace and facilitating students’ learning
  • Giving feedback
  • Overview of expectations and assessment of learning outcomes (discipline-specific)


This workshop will take place on the following dates in 2014:

6 February - Completed
9 May - Completed
8 July - Completed
25 November - Click here to register. If registration is full or closed please email FHS.WILworkshops@sydney.edu.au to be placed on the waitlist.

Intermediate Workshops

Intermediate workshops are offered to all supervisors.

Workshops may cover:

  • Issues of supervision
  • Changes or new developments in academic program content
  • Other topics of high demand
Delivering innovative models of clinical education

This workshop will explore a range of models of clinical education to enhance the student learning experience; better prepare our graduates for the workplace; and improve efficiency for clinical educators.

This workshop will take place on the following dates in 2014:

4 April - completed
4 July - postponed
10 October - cancelled

Principles of assessment

This workshop is suited for clinical educators who have supervised students and wish to understand more about and improve their skills in student assessment on placement.

Examples of topics covered:

  • Principles and challenges unique to assessment of students on clinical placement
  • Assessment dilemmas
  • Overcoming assessment dilemmas through well designed assessment tools and procedures and by effectively using these assessment tools and procedures
  • Giving feedback

This workshop will take place on the following dates in 2014:

22 July - Completed

Working with students in challenging situations

This workshop will explore the management of challenging situations in the context of student clinical placements. It will be in an interactive format, and will assist clinical educators to further develop their supervision skills.

Examples of topics covered:

  • Students with communication difficulties
  • The nature of professionalism
  • Student’s theoretical knowledge
  • Student’s from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Mental health issues
  • Making difficult assessment decisions

This workshop will take place on the following dates in 2014:

25 February - Completed
30 May - Completed
16 July - Completed
11 November - Click here to register. If registration is full or closed please email FHS.WILworkshops@sydney.edu.au to be placed on the waitlist.

Advanced Workshops

Some workshops are tailored to experienced student supervisors and provide more in depth knowledge of a specific area to further develop supervision skills. These workshops are open to clinical educators who have received a Gold award through our rewards program or by invitation.

Becoming a clinical educator workplace champion

This workshop aims to enable clinical educators, with the background knowledge, to become a Clinical Educator Champion amongst the challenges and barriers faced within the current climate of clinical education. This particular workshop also provides opportunities to discuss being part of proposed Work Integrated Learning lead initiatives. Some of which include: Leading online discussion boards, co-presenting at Work Integrated Learning workshops, and collaborating with the Work Integrated Learning team on innovations, research and writings.

Examples of topics covered are:

  • Why do we need Clinical Educator Champions?
  • Innovative Champion Clinical Placement models and design
  • Roles and Advanced Skills of Clinical Educator Champions
  • Managing students and encouraging work colleagues and managers towards more innovative and productive clinical placements
  • Introduce Leadership and Change Management principles to draft a change management plan for your department/workplace regarding Clinical Education and placements

This workshop will take place on the following dates in 2014:

23 April - postponed
29 September - Cancelled

Developing and managing interprofessional placements

This workshop is designed for allied health professionals wanting to develop skills and knowledge in interprofessional learning and interprofessional supervision. The workshop will discuss various models of interprofessional supervision, common issues that arise with interprofessional learning and supervision and help you develop effective strategies to confidently address challenging situations that may arise.

This workshop will take place on the following dates in 2014:

7 November - Cancelled

Using narratives of experience as a clinical educator to develop expertise

This workshop is for experienced clinical educators who have supervised more than 10 students over the years. The workshop leader will invite participants to share narratives of their experiences of educating students and use guided reflection and discussion techniques to help participants explore these narratives in terms of their professional development and expertise as clinical educators. The workshop leader will share narratives from a range of clinical educators (novice to expert) who participated in a research project on becoming clinical educators.

This workshop will take place on the following dates in 2014:

1 August - postponed to October
31 October - registrations will open in August