About 1 year BC (Before COVID), we were discussing a theme for our Colloquium that would turn out to be one of the hottest topics of 2020 - virtual technology.

We were propelled into this virtual world and now we're more equipped than ever to use it.

Our theme 'From virtual to reality' focuses on preparing students for work and clinical practice through the use of virtual environments. We aim to explore immersive reality and simulation, and understand both the benefits and barriers to using this emerging technology.

How to build resilience and reduce burn out is also front and center. This past year has shown us the true resilience of healthcare workers, but we've also seen the toll it can take.

"Work readiness is an essential element and expectation of professional training. However, the strategies to effectively implement workplace readiness into education and training remains an emerging challenge to get right and realise the benefits this can deliver for safe and high quality healthcare." Professor Andrew McLachlan

Key changes due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 we've made some changes to ensure you receive the best quality experience:

  1. We've reduced registration prices for everyone.
  2. You can choose to attend either face-to-face or online.
  3. Keynote speakers, Zubin Austin and Essene Cassidy, will be presenting virtually
  4. We are no longer providing a formal cocktail function. However you are welcome to join us at Lucky's Speakeasy Bar after the event, should COVID guidelines allow for it.


Registrations open 9am Monday 15 February 2021.

We've reduced our registration prices in recognition of the ongoing impact that COVID-19 has had on everyone. We host this event as an opportunity to come together, to network, share insights and learn how to improve health profession education. We want to facilitate this as much as we can.

Prices are now a flat rate:

  • General registration: $150
  • Student & intern registration: $50​

There will be no price difference between online registration and face-to-face. We’ve carefully considered this decision. There are comparable costs to hosting both face-to-face and online components. We are confident you will have a quality experience no matter the delivery mode.

Both attendance types offer great benefits.
Face-to-face attendance:

  • allows you to participate in the collaborative sessions in person
  • allows you to network with colleagues and speakers across professions in person

Online attendance:

  • allows you to attend when you may not have otherwise been able to
  • requires no travel expenses
  • allows you to participate in collaborative sessions through our online forum moderated by our professional staff

Please note: We refunded all registrations last year, so please remember that you will need to register again.

If you require accommodation, you will receive a discount code for QT Hotel upon confirmation of your registration.

COVID-Safe Plan

Fortunately, current restrictions allow us to host the Colloquium face-to-face in Canberra. We will implement a COVID-Safe Event Plan and follow all regulations enforced by the ACT Government.

If we are unable to continue with the face to face component, we will still be able to join online.

COVID impacts have meant that we are no longer hosting a formal cocktail function. However, please do join us downstairs at Lucky's Speakeasy Bar after the event for networking and drinks.


We will explore:

  • simulation education
  • Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)
  • Interprofessional Education (IPE)
  • fulfilling potential
  • teaching resilience
  • investing time in new graduates

Our international keynote speakers, Essene Cassidy and professor Zubin Austin, will present online and join us virtually for a live Q&A.

See full program.

"Higher Education has a role in providing platforms for students to engage with authentic future work related activities which involve collaboration with clinical decisions for enhanced patient care. Utilising strategies that will enhance Interprofessional education and collaboration is essential for all health disciplines in Higher Education curricula. Collaborative clinical decisions have the potential for positive patient health outcomes." Dr Cherie Lucas.

We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding whilst we figured out the best way forward. We love the experience and sense of community that the Colloquium provides, and we are grateful that we can continue the education journey with you.

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