About the Program

The Excellence in Clinical Teaching (EXCITE) program has a clear focus on two things: excellence and the direct interface between clinician and learner. EXCITE activities are directly applicable to the clinician's experience, linking solid educational theory with the realities of their workplace.  Key to the development of the program has been a profound knowledge of clinicians; their work, needs and preferences. It is a learner-centred program that is geared for maximum flexibility and responsiveness. Participants can expect an immersive, transformative experience.

The Graduate Certificate is the first in a suite of award courses for clinical teachers being offered as part of the EXCITE program. The program provides a pathway from the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching to the Graduate Diploma and Master in Clinical Education, for those who are interested in further developing a career in this field.


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Professor Steve Trumble
Program Convenor

Course Coordinator Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching and Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education

Subject Coordinator (Effective Clinical Supervision, Promoting Professionalism and Interprofessional Education)

Head, Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Steve is an enthusiastic and committed clinical teacher who is passionate about helping others achieve the same standards of excellence in their teaching that they demand of themselves clinically. A general practitioner by training, he has been involved in medical education since 1991 with positions including Senior Lecturer in General Practice at Monash University, Director of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners vocational training program, and editor of 'Australian Family Physician'. He completed a research doctorate in 2000 on the training needs of doctors working with people who have developmental disabilities. He has taught widely in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia on communication skills for improved patient outcomes. He has been at the University of Melbourne since 2003 and in addition to his role current roles within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, he was the Editor in Chief of 'The Clinical Teacher' in the United Kingdom from 2009 - 2014. After many years as a GP in Melbourne and Victoria, Steve now provides regular rural locums to Aboriginal communities in northern and central Australia.

Clare Delaney

Associate Professor Clare Delany

Course Coordinator Master of Clinical Education

Subject Coordinator (Leadership in Clinical Education, Clinical Education Research Proposal and Project in Clinical Education)

Research Higher Degree Coordinator in the Department of Medical Education

Associate Professor in Clinical Education, Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Clare originally trained as a physiotherapist but for the past 10 years has taught and conducted research in clinical education and clinical ethics. In 2006, Clare completed a PhD examining informed consent in the private practice physiotherapy encounter. Clare has masters degrees in health and medical law and in physiotherapy. Clare combines interest and expertise in legal and ethical dimensions of clinical practice with teaching and research in clinical education for allied health and medical professionals. Clare has held positions as chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Association National Professional Standards Panel and Vice President of the Physiotherapists Registration Board. Clare currently works part time coordinating subjects in the masters year of the EXCITE program including supervising clinical education research projects with work as a clinical ethicist at the Royal Children’s Hospital Children’s Bioethics Centre.

Clare has a particular interest in educational theory and methods for teaching clinical ethics, and critical thinking and reasoning in health care.  Current projects include mapping the unique ethical issues faced by allied health practitioners; ‘making thinking visible’ as a method of teaching clinical reasoning; the role of resilience in clinical placement learning; the intersection between law, ethics and paediatric clinical practice and how assessment influences learning in Indigenous health education.

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Dr Justin Bilszta
Subject Coordinator
(Clinical Education in Practice and Research in Clinical Education)

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Education, Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Justin is a Senior Lecturer in Medical and Clinical Education with the Department of Medical Education (DME), Melbourne Medical School. Prior to joining the DME, he spent 10 years as a Research Fellow with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne. During this time he was involved in a number of large-scale research projects, including a $5million Australia-wide program evaluating the introduction of routine screening protocols for postnatal mental illness. Since joining the DME, he has been responsible for co-ordinating several academic programs for both local and international medical students; he is currently Academic Co-ordinator for the MD Scholarly Selective and MD Student Conference. In 2008, Justin completed the University's Graduate Certificate in University Teaching (GCUT).

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Ms Jayne Lysk
Subject Coordinator
(Effective Clinical Teaching,Pedagogy into Practice, Comparative Clinical Education and Gender & Culture in Clinical Education)

Lecturer in Clinical Education, Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Jayne has over 20 years teaching experience, both in Australia and overseas, ranging from early childhood to primary and secondary, and academia for over 8 years. Prior to joining the EXCITE team, Jayne was a Clinical Specialist at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne where she also coordinated the Literacy Planning and Diversity subject in the Master of Literacy. She has been involved with a range of research projects, and is currently investigating clinical reasoning. Other projects she has been part of include a research team funded by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne (MGSE), to investigate the ways in which clinical praxis has been reflected in the discipline-based Learning Area subjects of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) program. Additionally, in 2009, Jayne was a Research Fellow and Project Manager for the Australian Learning and Teaching Council-funded 'Practicum Partnerships Project', which explored models of practicum organisation in teacher education. Jayne's other research interest is multicultural schools policies and citizenship education. She is currently completing her Doctorate of Education in the MGSE. Jayne speaks Chinese (Mandarin), and has taught Chinese language and culture at secondary school level.

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Mr Neville Chiavaroli
Subject Coordinator
(Assessing Clinical Learners, Clinical Assessment and Course Evaluation)

Senior Lecturer in Assessment, Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Neville is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medical Education, where his responsibilities include the development and review of assessment philosophy and practices. He originally trained and practiced as a physiotherapist for several years, before completing a Master of Education and subsequently moved into educational research. He worked for many years at the Australian Council for Educational Research, where he was involved in developing various school and university-based assessments, as well as overseeing the development and production of the Humanities and Social Sciences sections of the medical and health professional selection tests, UMAT and GAMSAT. Since joining the university in 2006, he has conducted assessment workshops for various educational and credentialing organisations, including several medical colleges, the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand, the Dietitians Association of Australia, the Australian Dental Council, and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council. He has acted as an educational consultant to the Australian Medical Council's program of MCQ writing workshops, and is currently the Health Professions Education Representative on the DAA Dietetics Credentialing Council.

Agnes Dodds

Associate Professor Agnes Dodds
Subject Coordinator
(Clinical Assessment and Course Evaluation)

Associate Professor in Medical Education, Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Agnes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education in the Melbourne Medical School. She is a humanities graduate with a background in educational and developmental psychology. Her responsibilities include the development and implementation of the evaluation strategy for the MD. She has been involved in the development of the MD since its inception, with roles in clinical assessment and evaluation. Her research interests are in evaluation and young adult development, particularly of high achieving students in professional courses.

Robert O'brien

Dr Robert O'Brien
Subject Coordinator
(Clinical Simulation, Promoting Professionalism and Interprofessional Education)

Clinical Education Fellow, Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Robert is a Clinical Education Fellow in the Melbourne Medical School.  Prior to this appointment he was the Professor and Director of the Health Simulation Centre (HSC) at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth.  His previous appointment was as the Director of Medical Education and Training at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne.

He holds both Doctoral and Master's degrees in Education focusing on adult learning in the context of ongoing professional learning for educators. He has worked extensively in medical education and simulation development and has led projects that developed simulation instructor programs that have utilised simulation to teach clinical and non-clinical skills. Recent projects have continued this interest in Non Clinical Skills working with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons on a number of programs from trainees through to fellow level.

His major research and development interests are in improving outcomes in health through the use of non-technical skills training and in clinical debriefing grounded in simulation based education.

Robert is an elected executive member of the Australian Society for Simulation In Healthcare and was the Scientific Convenor for SimHealth 2015.