About HealthMoot

The Program

This 2 day conference program will be held on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 November, 2014. 

The program will consist of masterclasses, keynote speakers and presentations . Sessions will be presented by Clinical Educators, Learning designers, multimedia experts, Moodle experts and Administrators. Each share their passion, experience and knowledge on all things related to Moodle, technologies and approaches, that integrates well with Moodle to provide innovative education in healthcare

Full Program

Day 1 – Thursday 27 November 2014

  • Masterclasses - Two concurrent full-day session, exploring innovative uses of Moodle and related technologies in HealthCare, will be run for limited numbers (approx. 30 per group).


Day 2 – Friday 28 November 2014

  • Keynotes from prominent members of the eLearning and health communities
  • Presentations from eLearning and health practitioners.


Schedule of Events



Registration  – Arrival Tea & Coffee 


Official Welcome 


Opening Keynote

Martin Dougiamas, Founder of Moodle

Martin Dougiamas is best known as the founder of the Moodle, the popular free course management system used by millions of teachers around the world. As the Executive Director of Moodle Pty Ltd in Perth, Western Australia, he leads the team of software developers at the heart of the Moodle project and the global community of 54 Moodle Partner service companies that help provide funding for this independent open source software project.

Martin has a mixed academic background with post-graduate degrees in Computer Science and Education. He continues to focus on researching how educators approach internet-based education. His major goal for the future is to improve the quality of education by encouraging social constructions and collaborative practices within online learning communities. For further information, visit www.moodle.org.


 Morning Tea 




Evidence-Based Selection of Activity Types for Health Professionals 

The presentation on scenario-driven eLearning in the healthcare sector, is based on a case study about a ‘virtual clinic’ that Nine Lanterns designed for Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS). We share how (and why) we used interactive scenario videos (that were filmed at the Royal Children’s Hospital using real health professionals) to explore situations involving the life support of paediatric patients.

The benefits of the instructional design model will be explained and we’ll explore why it is relevant for health care providers who use a blended learning approach.

Kate Casey, Senior Instructional Designer
Scott Wallace, Instructional Designer
Nine Lanterns

Kate Casey is the lead Instructional Designer at Nine Lanterns. She is completing a Masters in online and distance education and is currently (enthusiastically) completing several MOOCs. She has extensive experience in the creation of interactive resources for online and blended learning for adults. Her experience includes storyboarding, collaborative content development, scripting for film and for interactive objects, development of animated simulations and character-based simulations, voice over scripting, editorial quality assurance and development of interactive games. She has a particular interest in collaborative partnerships and in developing content for the health sector. Her work at Nine Lanterns has resulted in them winning several health projects.

Scott Wallace is an instructional designer at Nine Lanterns with over 10 years’ experience. He has created online education material for clients such as RMIT University, Mercedes Benz, Vodafone, Melbourne Museum, Lingo Media (Canada), The People’s Education Press (China) and Aeon (Japan). In addition to working for online learning front-runners Nine Lanterns, Scott is currently undertaking a Master of Education at the University of Melbourne with Digital Technologies in Education as his focus area.


Moving From a Paper-Based Portfolio to a Moodle-Based Portfolio Using Only Core Moodle Modules

This presentation will explore how the ANU Medical School moved from a paper-based Portfolio in 2013 to a Moodle-based portfolio in 2014, using only core Moodle modules.  Hear about the lessons learned, the key considerations for such a move and where we go from here.

While the rest of the ANU has been using Moodle (aka Wattle) for some years, the Medical School is relatively new to Moodle, launching our Moodle site in 2013. Initial attempts to move the Year 4 Portfolio to Moodle in 2013, using only the Assignment module, met with limited success. The lessons learned were applied and in 2014 the entire Phase 2 portfolio and Clinical Skills Logbook moved to Moodle and utilise a variety of Moodle modules (Book, Assignment, Database, Forum, Choice, Glossary, Feedback and Quiz).

Lyndall Thorn, Clinical Skills Manager
Medical School |Canberra Hospital Campus, College of Medicine, Biology & Environment, Australian National University

Lyndall Thorn started at the ANU Medical School as the Clinical Skills Manager in 2010. She started working with Wattle when the Medical School moved over from Medonline.

Prior to working for the ANU Lyndall worked as a Theatre nurse at the Liverpool Hospital and in a number of different clinical and management roles at the Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital. Lyndall has a Bachelor of Nursing from USW Macarthur, a Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing from the NSW College of Nursing (now the Australian College of Nursing) and a Masters Degree in Health Sciences (Nursing) form Charles Sturt University. 


Development of a Blended Learning Paediatric Advanced Life Support Program (PALS)

Looking to integrate a traditional ALS program into an engaging program that utilised a blended learning approach, a combination of eLearning material written with Articulate software and simulation training delivered in a combination simulation environment using low and high fidelity mannequins.  The success of the program has resulted in the roll out of a blended learning approach to Clinical mandatory training, adult ALS, Recognition of the deteriorating patient, and child safety. We found that blended learning delivers an engaging program that is financially sustainable, flexible and provides a platform for continuous skill and knowledge retention.  Problems such as lack of an organisational learning management system were overcome with some out of the box strategies.

Susan Helmrich and Sarah Arnold, Clinical Nurse Educators
The Wesley Hospital

Susan Helmrich works has a Clinical Educator at The Wesley Hospital.  She has a background in intensive care nursing and resuscitation education.  Susie has represented the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses(ACCCN) on the Australian Resuscitation Council and co-authored the ACCCN Resuscitation Instructor program, and Adult and Paediatric Advanced Life Support Programs.  Susie has recently developed several blended education programs in paediatric and adult ALS for the Uniting Care Health group of hospitals, and Clinical mandatory competency training for The Wesley Hospital utilising interactive eLearning and simulation based training.

Sarah Arnold works as a Clinical Nurse Educator in the Emergency Department at The Wesley Hospital.  Sarah has had extensive experience as an ED nurse in Australian, New Zealand and London.  She currently teaches both nursing and medical staff and is the Interdisciplinary Supervisor for the Wesley Medical Clinical Schools.   Sarah has a wealth of knowledge and experience in paediatric critical care nursing and specialises in simulation and skills based training.


Healthy Blended Delivery – San Education Nurse Re-Entry Program 

The challenges of delivering education in healthcare are complex and diverse. In 2010, National changes to the requirements of registered nurses to maintain their registration and their ability to practice their profession, challenged education providers to develop a training and assessment program that met both, the needs of the individual nurse, and the stringent accreditation requirements of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. 

The blended use of didactic presentation, simulation and eLearning was chosen to provide a broad knowledge foundation in students of various learning backgrounds and skill level. This presentation is our story. 

Fiona Blades, Nurse Educator
Sydney Adventist Hospital

Fiona Blades has been involved with the Sydney Adventist Hospital’s education department as a clinical nurse educator and nurse educator since 1992. Her background is in oncology, and in particular, the care of palliative patients within the acute health setting. Fiona joined the hospital’s registered training organisation – San College of Education in 2008. The delivery of the Certificate IV in training and assessment and a partnership with Northern Sydney Institute Tafe (Meadowbank) to provide the clinical component of the Diploma of Nursing, introduced her to the benefits of collaborative relationships with public and private health entities.

In 2013, San College of Education and Sydney Adventist Hospital was accredited to provide a nationally approved RN Re-entry program. Fiona received the Bill Leventhal Rotary Award for her work on this project, and is the current co-ordinator of the RN Re-entry program. 


Taking an Authentic Approach to Clinical Education - Blended learning in Nurse, GP and Mental Health Education

Twenty plus years ago this world saw a revolution in technology that has allowed us to communicate and learn in a very different way.  This technology was heralded as a beacon of hope for access to education of those who lived too far away from centres of learning, or were physically unable to study through traditional methods.  To take the elearning risk, the leap of faith, takes courage. It takes foresight and trust in the integrity of the research behind it. To develop the materials that deliver the learning takes close teamwork between the developers and the teachers and a deep understanding of what the workers must be able to do and be when they complete their learning and enter the real world of work.

This presentation will present the authentic, blended learning journey that eLearnAustralia and the University of Notre Dame have taken to develop the MaryAnne Martin Virtual Hospital Project and the success and training that it has brought to Enrolled Nurse Students of the Kimberley.

Chris Sutton, Managing Director and Founder,
eLearnAustralia.com.au Pty Ltd

Sr Jennifer Farrell sgs
DipAppScience(Nursing) ACU, BNursing ACU, GradDipMidwifery ACU, GradCertSpirDir MCD
Coordinator of Diploma of Nursing/Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery
The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome Campus

Chris Sutton lives in Eumundi in Queensland. She is a teacher,  partner, trainer, photographer, consultant, quilter, learning designer, Mum, cook, writer, Moodler, Grandma, educator, storyteller and painter.

She is also Managing Director and Founder of eLearnAustralia.com.au Pty Ltd and Chair of the Board of the Original Eumundi Markets. That’s lots of hats!

Chris’s career spans Primary and Secondary education, Post-Secondary and Vocational Education and Workplace Training. She first became interested in technology and learning in the 1980’s – pre-internet and pre-email – when she became the Computers In Education consultant to schools in the Diocese of Wollongong. 

Over the years she has developed a passion for authentic e-learning and encourages the development of authentic, blended, learner-centric, teacher supported e-learning that engages, excites and encourages life long learning. This is reflected in the highly successful, strategic e-learning approaches and resources for remote and indigenous learners, predominately in health and public safety, which she and her team have developed in conjunction with such organisations as the University of Notre Dame, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning and General Practice Training Queensland.

Chris has presented at Moodlemoots and conferences across Australia, in the UK, USA and Germany as well as virtually to global webinar based conferences.

Sr Jennifer Farrell, a Sister of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict, has been a Midwife and Registered Nurse in five States of Australia before taking up the position of Nursing Lecturer on the Broome Campus of the University of Notre Dame Australia in 2008.

Teaching in both VET and Higher Education has given Sr Jennifer an ability to be innovative and engaging with different learning levels. She is passionate about education in remote areas.

Sr Jennifer became a Senior Lecturer at the beginning of 2011 and in 2012 the Course Coordinator of Diploma of Nursing. In 2011 Sr Jennifer was one of the School of Nursing staff to receive the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Innovation in Education, for the use of web-based learning. Sr Jennifer has been developing, in collaboration with eLearn Australia, the Maryanne Martin Virtual Hospital. In 2012, the School of Nursing and Midwifery created a virtual University with eLearn Australia for prospective students and current students to access information about the School. 




Why cater to different learning styles? The role of audio in improving learning outcomes.

With learning rapidly moving online, educators are looking for tools to enhance learning outcomes for all students. This presentation will outline the role of audio to the learning process, using case studies from major online learning providers, both in terms of improving learning outcomes for all students and providing portability of learning content. 

Joop Heijenrath, Chief Commercial Officer, ReadSpeaker International

Joop Heijenrath is responsible for ReadSpeaker’s commercial growth across the globe. Joop has worked at ReadSpeaker since 2005, also in a non-executive board role. Joop serves on the non-executive board of several (media) institutions. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and an engineering degree from Delft University. Joop is one of the co-founders of ReadSpeaker. Joop is the key driver of ReadSpeaker's global partnerships in the online learning environment.


Social Media Powering Innovation in Medical Education 

Roger will discuss the Impact of social media in medical education and knowledge sharing, and the use of various social media platforms, their success and limitations, and the journey so far. 

Roger has been involved with a number of social media initiatives, which have had tremendous uptake across the globe, within a few short years.  These include: 

SMACC (Social Media and Critical Care) - At first glance, SoMe and Critical Care seems rather an odd combination. Web based critical care education has been gaining momentum over the last 5-6 years, and it is now increasingly powered by SoMe. Out of these websites has arisen a movement coined #FOAMed (Free Open Access Medical education), and from this developed a hugely successful conference. In this talk, Roger will explain the origins of the SMACC Conference and its meteoric rise, including the over 25 million twitter impressions the conference has generated, and its staggering 500,000 podcast downloads. It’s not all good, but you’d better get with the program or you’ll be left behind.

Dr. Roger Harris, FACEM FCICM, Senior Specialist Intensive Care, Sydney Adventist Hospital

Roger is a senior staff specialist in the intensive care unit at the Royal North Shore hospital and the Sydney Adventist hospital (SAN). He is dual qualified in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care. He has organised a number of clinical meetings including the Sydney ACEM 2002 annual scientific meeting, the annual “bedside Critical Care” meetings (criticalcareevents.com.au) and smaccGOLD (Social Media & Critical Care – www.smacc.net.au). He is the supervisor of training in the Intensive care unit at the SAN and was awarded the ACEM foundation medal in 2004. His main interests are innovation in education and ICU nutrition.


Using Moodle Template Courses To Embed Quality Learning Design

One of the biggest challenges to health organisations using internal educators and subject matter experts to develop online content is how to incorporate quality learning design principles when there is limited access to trained online instructional designers.

In this presentation Phil will provide an overview of a solution that is currently being implemented by THO South in partnership with local eLearning design company SproutLabs. This solution centres around the development of a suite of Moodle course templates.  Based on quality based learning design principles, the templates provide scaffolds to assist educators to develop higher quality courses with faster development times.

Phil Everist, Senior Learning & Development Consultant
Tasmanian Health Organisation South   

Dr Robin Petterd, Learning & Performance Consultant

Phil Everist has a diverse background having spent 18 years in  corporate information technology before co-founding a boutique training company  in Western Australia specialising in dynamic and engaging customer service and communication skill programs.  In 2011,  Phil took up the opportunity to move to Tasmania and join the Tasmanian Health department where he has  implemented Moodle as the state-wide LMS  and supports the many clinical and non-clinical educators developing online learning content. 

Robin Petterd has a PhD in creative interactive digital media and has worked in that field since 1993, training people since 1995.  In 2007 he established Sprout Labs. Sprout Labs clients include IP Australia, the University of Sydney, the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, Skills Tasmania.  He is a committee member of ElNet, the eLearning network of Australasia and the Hobart Community Manager for Learning Café.


Using Moodle to help Overseas Professionals develop English Proficiency

This presentation will demonstrate how Moodle’s  functionality has enabled OET Online to effectively manage content and provide an interactive learning experience for Overseas Health Professionals preparing for the Occupational English Test.

Meta and Child courses have been incorporated into our website design so that resources are located in central hubs. For administrators and teachers, editing and updating can be done in one central location and is a major time saver. For students, it creates a collaborative learning environment as they become part of a bigger group and can interact with students in other courses. We also demonstrate how external plug-ins such as Soundcloud and WizIQ can enhance the learning experience.

Steven MacPhail, Director and Founder, OET Online
Master of Education(TESOL)

Steven MacPhail has been an English Language Teacher since 1995 and became involved in English for Medical Purposes in 2002, through the Occupational English Test or OET as it is known.  For 5 years, Steve helped overseas health professionals prepare for OET through home tutoring. During this time he developed a range of resources, and in 2009, this information was used to develop a Moodle website. Since that time, OET Online has continued to grow and has a global reach helping overseas health professionals improve their Professional English proficiency so they can pass OET and work effectively as a health professional in Australia.


Making the Grade: Combining Grader Report settings to meet organisational needs at ACN

When designing learning pathways for our online students, it's easy to overlook the importance of how and when grades information is provided to them.  In this session, Ken, Musette, and Lindy, colleagues from three differing areas from Australian College of Nursing explore the challenges presented by Moodle's Grader Report, and how those challenges were met to improve overall student and tutor experiences.

This session is designed to help those transitioning from a paper-based distance mode of education to an online learning space, those grappling with Grader Report, and those interested in the wider implications of change management in relation to online learning. 

Lindy Klein, Instructional Designer
Musette Healey, Nurse Educator
Ken Caldwell, RTO Program Coordinator
Australian College of Nursing

Lindy Klein (@moodlechick) is an Instructional Designer at Australian College of Nursing, and champion of engaged online learning.  In crafting online learning experiences and solutions, Lindy draws heavily on her background of being a distance and online student, combined with working in a variety of online environments, predominantly Moodle for the last four years.

Musette Healey is a Nurse Educator currently co-ordinating Graduate Certificate programs. Musette’s has worked as a Nurse educator in both the hospital and tertiary education sector for the past 6 years. She is passionate about education and enjoys sharing her love of learning with her students. She is committed to ensuring that students engage in a quality learning experience.

Ken Caldwell is RTO Program coordinator at the Australian College of Nursing. Ken has worked as a clinical nurse educator, and as a nurse educator in organisational learning and development, tertiary education and VET for the last 15 years. Ken has a keen interest in monitoring outcomes and evaluation particularly in relation to student experience and process improvements in online course delivery.


Using the Learning Management System (LMS) to manage compliance with the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards

A look at using competency hierarchies and tracking to manage the achievement and reporting on compliance with the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. We will look at a worked example of this framework in action and how it manages the process of achieving the required learning while also minimising and managing risk of compliance failure. 

Alexander Roche BSc MA App Ling, Director and Principal Educational Technologist, Androgogic

James Naismith RN,CCRN, Director RUN Learning

Alexander Roche is the Director and Principal Educational Technologist, Androgogic. Alexander has specialised in Educational Technology since the early 1990s and has led online learning companies for more than two decades. These include executive posts with global online education company NextEd (Vice President, IT), the University of NSW (Chief Technical Officer, Educational Testing Centre), Australia LMS vendor, e-cademy (Chief Technical Officer, Executive Director and Public Company Board Director) and currently Androgogic which hosts approximately 1 million learners in several hundred LMS installations. 

Alexander was Chief Architect on the Rural and Remote Medical Education Online (ROMEO) project in 2000 and has since led projects bringing approximately 300,000 health care workers into online education programs. 

James Naismith is the Director of RUN Learning. James' experience includes 10 years with Eastern Health in Melbourne as a Clinical Nurse Educator.


 Afternoon   tea 


Closing Keynote

Dr. Glenn Singleman M.B.,B.S. Sydney University

Dr. Singleman is Australia's most experienced expedition Doctor. He has been on countless expeditions to remote parts of the world including Antarctica, Mt Everest, the Karakorum Himalaya in Pakistan, the Garhwal Himalaya in India, and on a number of deep ocean explorations, including the Deep Sea Challenge expedition in 2012 to the Mariana Trench, with Hollywood Director James Cameron. Here in Australia Dr. Singleman is medical director for many ultra-sporting events including 'The North Face 100' and the 'Big Red Run' in the Simpson Desert.

Dr. Singleman also holds a number of world records in Extreme Sport. He has post graduate qualifications in Communications, Underwater Medicine and Remote and Rural Medicine. He has been working at the Sydney Adventist Hospital for over ten years both in Emergency and Intensive Care. For more information about Glenn, visit http://www.baseclimb.com

Session Outline - Extreme Medicine 

Dr. Singleman will share his experiences caring for the medical health of teams on remote expeditions, together with his processes of critical care management, leadership and peak performance.


Official Closing 



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