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Tell us about yourself
by Gina Veliotis - Thursday, 20 November 2014, 11:10 AM

Hi Everyone,

The inaugural Health MoodleMoot is one week away and we have a great line-up of presentations for you.  One of the advantages of having an industry specific event, is that we get to network with others who might be in a similar role as ourselves, or be working on similar projects. 

To help everyone get acquainted,  I'm encouraging all delegates to share something about themselves. 

So tell us about yourself - what do you do, where to you work, where are you from, and what's your passion?

So I'll start....

I've been working in the VET sector for about 19 years and have worked both as an IT teacher, an eLearning facilitator, LMS Manager, and advocate for learning technologies.  I've been at The Sydney Adventist Hospital for about two and a half years and enjoy the variety that comes with working in a hospital.  In 2013, I rolled out a new eLearning solution with Moodle as the backbone, and we've had a great stable environment ever since, with lots of uptake from staff. 

My work passion is to constantly explore new ways that technology can be incorporated into training solutions - I love mixing it up.

My life passion is my family, keeping fit and having fun.

So let's here about you...

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by Jillian Morphet - Thursday, 20 November 2014, 11:33 AM

Hi Gina

Thank you for your lovely welcome. I work with Health Education Australia Limited. Currently, my work involves developing online learning environments for International Medical Graduates, but this will expand next year to other medical professionals and simulation (simulated patients).

Gina, I can relate to your work passion, and your statement "I love mixing it up". I wonder if I can borrow that phrase too.

My life passionsssssssssss   - too many to list I'm afraid.

That's me in a nutshell. Looking forward to meeting you next week.

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by Chris Brown - Thursday, 20 November 2014, 11:46 AM

Hi all, I began as a nurse before moving to Secondary School teaching (Health, PE and IT). I've been at Federation University Australia (formally University of Ballarat) for the last 20 years. I have always enjoyed trying to bring technology into tertiary education. I've had various roles over the years with my current position in the Faculty of Health being 0.5 eLearning coordinator/ 0.5 lecturer/program coordinator. 

My focus has always been on the pedagogy rather than the technology. I love my tech toys but technology is the tool, not the driver.

I also like pina colada, taking walks in the rain, I'm not into yoga, and I have half of a brain.....

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by Michelle Wakelam - Thursday, 20 November 2014, 12:02 PM

Hi Gina,

I am an OHSE professional who specializes in Occupational Hygiene and Radiation Safety.  I became interested in e-learning as a way to improve learning outcomes and numbers of trainees.  I studied multimedia part time in 2001 - 2004 whilst implementing multimedia solutions for radiation safety training and chemical safety training as part of main role managing occupational hygiene and radiation protection at Monash University. I left Monash and started my own specialty e-learning group - Virtual Accident.  We have recently become involved in radiation safety training solutions for nurses.  

I love coming up with inventive ways to communicate dry, esoteric &/or complex issues that engage the learner.
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by Kate Casey - Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 1:38 PM

Hi Michelle,

I've love to hear more about your work. 

I'm presenting on Friday 10.30 and am showing a case study based on scenario driven video, shot at the Royal Children's Hospital. I'm keen to hear more about what you're doing with 'virtual accidents' - sounds fascinating.

You've obviously found quite a niche! My work is as an Instructional Designer and Team Leader and I have forged quite a strong focus on health over the last 5 yrs, because it's a sector I just love to work in.

Should you see me around please tap me on the shoulder!


Kate Casey

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by Catherine Shirley - Thursday, 20 November 2014, 12:09 PM

I've been working in the Health Sector as an L&D Manager for the last 6 years, and prior to that time I was with the ABC.  Organisations that I have worked for in the Health Sector include Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council, Catholic Healthcare and my own Consultancy Company, Millennium Learning and Media. 

I have a passion for blended learning, fired up also by my early career as a digital program-maker at the ABC (prior to moving into management there). 

Quals:  Master of Education in Adult Education (UTS), Grad Cert eLearning (UNE) and Grad Cert HRM (UNE).

My life passion is my family.  My hobby is Modern History.

Looking forward to meeting everyone at the Health Moodlemoot and learning heaps.

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by Mat Fuller - Thursday, 20 November 2014, 12:37 PM

Hello everyone!

Cant wait to come over to Sydney! (first time out of WA)

I first started my work with Moodle in 2011 as the eLearning Developer for a small Vet Nurse Training Center. I had no idea what Moodle was at the time but as a Web Developer I could work my way around. After a few years of contracting my services out to other institutions using Moodle I started work with Silver Chain Group developing their new internal training platform. Moodle has definitely opened doors for me!

My work passion is to try something different every time, if I don't know how to do something, I learn.

My life passion is my partner and our fur baby, Milo.

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by Stephen Barnett - Thursday, 20 November 2014, 2:29 PM

Hi All,

Great to hear the interesting range of skills that everyone has- look forward to meeting you!

I am an Academic GP, working as a Senior Lecturer at Uni of Wollongong in the Medical School.

I have just completed a PhD in online communities for GP training (Virtual Communities of Practice). This has been commercialised into Medcast- 

Medcast is continuing where my research left off- we are finalising an integrated webinar/LMS/online community platform with 10 000 GPs. We are developing education and running online programs for Black Dog Institute and a GP Training RTP amongst others.

Our LMS is Moodle based, so looking forward to learning more about what is happening in the Health world with moodle- it's a pretty excellent tool!

My work passion is the intersection between clinical care, online applications and education. 

Outside work, my passions are family, music and running (Tough Mudder was a great experience!)


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by Chris Sutton - Friday, 21 November 2014, 1:26 PM

Uni of Wollongong is my Alma Mater.  Learned so much from the Education Faculty - especially from Prof. Jan Herrington (now at Murdoch)  Most of my teaching career was spent in the'Gong and all of my family are still there.  I escaped to the Sunshine Coast of Qld 17 years ago - and yes Tuff Mudder is a challenge alright!

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by Stephen Barnett - Friday, 21 November 2014, 2:07 PM

Thanks Chris- nice to hear from you! Uni of Wgong is a great Uni. I am there a day a week and the rest of the time live in the lovely Southern Highlands! I run a large GP practice and juggle that with my research and e-learning. I'd love to have a chat at the conference. I will only make it there for the Friday. Like you, I enjoy the tech, but my PhD really reminded me that it is all about the education, supported by was on Virtual Communities of Practice which is such a relevant area for health professionals (master apprentice stuff). 

Sunshine coast is great- I dream of it in the Bowral winters:) I had a look at your website- looks great and would love to learn more. Cheers Stephen

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by Chris Sutton - Friday, 21 November 2014, 3:15 PM

Lets do that!  Coffee on Friday sounds like the go.

We are Gold Sponsors at the conference so I will be there on Friday.   You'll find me on our exhibition stand.   We do a lot of work with GPTQ - the GP training organisation in Brisbane - lots to talk about. 

I know Bowral well.  My brother, Ted Ambler, and his family lived in Kangaloon/Mittagong/Bowral until recently - both my neices were at Frenscham.  I have fond memories of family times on the Highlands.

Cheers Chris

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by Mathew Pigram - Thursday, 20 November 2014, 1:56 PM

Hi Gina and Everyone,

Thank you for the lovely welcome. I have been working as a Clinical Nurse Educator for the past year and a half on the Paediatric Ward at Alice Springs Hospital. I have been using Moodle and authoring tools such as Articulate/Captivate as part of my job and love them! 

E-learning has been an interest of my for quite a while now. It's a very exciting and innovative field which allows my creative side to be part of my education on the kids ward. 

My passions are my Family, Technology, Motorsport, Golf, Soccer and Cooking.  

I look forward to meeting everyone next Friday!!



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by Steven MacPhail - Thursday, 20 November 2014, 2:32 PM

Hi Everyone,

My name is Steve and I have Moodle website which  overseas health professionals  access to help them improve their professional English language skills, prior to working in the health sector in Australia. I'm an ESL teacher by profession  and I do not have a medical background, but love working with overseas health professionals to help them achieve their goals.

I'm from Queensland and in my time off I try to spend as little as time on the computer as possible. My hobbies include organic gardening, surfing, and yoga now that I am on the wrong side of 50!

Look forward to meeting you all next week.

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by Naomi Morick - Thursday, 20 November 2014, 3:32 PM

Thanks Gina.

Hi Everyone,  I'm Naomi  I work as a Clinical Nurse Educator in ICU in Alice Springs.  I've worked in this role for a few years.  I am very passionate about a variety of modes of education, but most particularly Simulation and Online learning.  I design and co-ordinate courses for a variety of disciplines in ICU and also some in a wider hospital context.

We have had access to Moodle for just over a year now as our platform for Elearning.  It has given me a huge amount of opportunity to be creative and effective in my teaching,  It also significantly reduces the time I need to spend marking learning packages, and keeps me up at night creating.  I am a huge believer in FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation).

My passions are people and how they think, simulation, elearning, high quality patient care and my family.

I look forward to seeing the water and to learning about the creative ways you are all using Moodle next week. 

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by Joyce Cousins - Thursday, 20 November 2014, 4:27 PM

HI All,

I have recently taken up a Lecturer position here in Sydney after spending 10 years working overseas. Most recently at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where i was the Program Director for all Post Graduate Nursing studies. We utlised blended learning for the delivery of all of our programs and Moodle was the platform that we used to do this.

I am looking forward to learning a lot more about some of the more advanced functions in Moodle next week during the workshop.

On my days off i try to spend as much time as i can with family and behind the lens of my digital camera, or baking something.

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by Trish Thorne - Friday, 21 November 2014, 4:43 AM

Hi - my name is Trish and I will be coming from New Zealand (the land of the long while cloud).  I have been involved in education for more years than I care to think about.  My background is administration rather than health, but this year I have been delivering an online course with a fellow staff member (who is the health expert).  I enjoy technology and its potential to engage people and am looking forward to discovering more about what Moodle can help us deliver.

I enjoy a good book with a good wine ...  (and I'm not into yoga !!  but love aqua jogging - best stress release I've found)

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by Paula Donaldson - Friday, 21 November 2014, 5:38 AM

Hi everyone,

I'll admit I'm very new to Moodle so looking forward to learning more about this platform. I've decided to risk doing the workshop using Moodle, but I promise I'm a quick learner!

I came from a medical research background before deciding I much preferred talking about science than doing it!

I moved into medical education after returning from living overseas, worked for a number of years for medical education agencies and in the not for profit sector before deciding last year to go freelance. My clients range from not for profits through to industry. I specialise in (AND LOVE!) working with expert working groups of healthcare professionals to develop independent accredited CPD programs preferably incorporating blended learning approaches.

I've developed three custom built e-learning programs, though for me the technology is the tool. My focus is the education and content, and finding ways to ensure it meets the needs of the target audience. I've developed e-learning packages for various audiences from nurses through to specialists. I've just embarked on two more e-learning packages for nurses, with another one scheduled for next year. 

My passions? My family, writing, running, and baking unique birthday cakes for my children!

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by Kimberley Martinsen - Friday, 21 November 2014, 11:37 AM

Paula, I too am from a medical research background.  I don't miss the benchwork or the unreliable funding!!



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by Stephanie O'Regan - Friday, 21 November 2014, 6:05 AM


My name is Stephanie O'Regan and I am a nurse working in Simulation.  I got into moodle as part of a major govt grant to develop an open access e-learning site (EdWISE) to support an outreach simulation program and it has grown from there.  We now have 2 moodle sites which I look after as part of my job.  In this role I would classify myself as a "P" plater.

The rest of my time is spent as an instructor and curriculum developer for simulation based education at the Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre.  We specialise in Crisis Resource Management and Interprofessional courses.  I am also the current chair of ASSH, the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

I look forward to meeting everyone as it seems this meeting is drawing people from very different sectors of health and education which is great and should promote interesting discussions. 


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by Lyndall Thorn - Friday, 21 November 2014, 6:09 AM

Hi All,

I started working for the ANU (Australian National University) Medical School in 2010 as the Clinical Skills Manager. While the rest of ANU has been using Moodle for a number of years, the Medical School transferred over in 2013.
And it has been a steep learning curve for all.

My background is in Nursing. Before moving to Canberra I was a scrub/scout nurse in the Liverpool Hospital Theatres fro about 18months and prior to that worked for many years at Bankstown Hospital in the Orthopaedic Ward, and in a variety of acting management positions. 


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by Kate Casey - Friday, 21 November 2014, 6:19 AM

Hi everyone,

It's nice to hear more about everyone. I'm Kate Casey and I lead a team of Instructional Designers in Melbourne. We've had a great few years developing content for lots of different sectors, but in particular our focus has been on developing health content.

I fell into instructional design having begun my career as a writer. Now I'm using those skills and my education qualifications to create content and to manage a team. I'm currently addicted to MOOCs, love that model for content.

Additionally I'm a Mum of 1. One is enough :). My daughter is off to school next year, so that will be a big change for me.

I'm passionate about many things. Developing my team with a coaching bent, ideas and education, creativity and innovation. I love to do watercolours and I'm a nature junkie (can't live without it - lucky my desk looks out over the Yarra - so beautiful). Too many other interests to list here.

I'm really looking forward to meeting you all, and to sharing a presentation with you about a project we're currently working on  - I follow Martin in terms of being a presentation speaker. Yikes!

See you next week.


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by Betty Tannous - Friday, 21 November 2014, 6:41 AM

Hi everyone, my name is Betty Tannous and I come from a business background and started consulting in the VET sector about 8 years ago. I currently work with an RTO in complementary health and this year I implemented eLearning using Moodle. It has been a steep learning curve and I am excited about learning more about how to use Moodle to conduct clinical practice education.

I am a life long student and am passionate about making education available to everyone. 

When I am not working, I love Sydney life! beaches, cafes and the Harbour!

Looking forward to meeting all you interesting people.


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by Darren Fagan - Friday, 21 November 2014, 6:46 AM

Hello all!

I work for HealthChange Australia who provides consulting/training in the field of health behaviour change. We offer an e-learning environment available to Australian and overseas health professionals.

I knew nothing of the health industry or Moodle before joining HCA. Since joining (4 years ago) I have created two e-learning platforms, but I am very interested to know how far blended e-learning can be implemented into Moodle and what this may look like. I am also interested to what other Learning Management Systems look like.

Looking forward to meeting everyone next week.

My hobby is to stay away from any sedentary activity over the weekends (need the life balance).

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by Nicole Taylor - Friday, 21 November 2014, 10:44 AM
Hi All

 I work for the Australasian Sonographers Association as the Online learning coordinator. We are currently in the process of implementing Moodle. We are also in the process of developing our first blended learning course. 

My work passion is making education easily accessible to everyone, which is why I enjoy e-learning. My home passion is being active and healthy and I also have a passion for travel. 

 Look forward to meeting you all.

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by Kimberley Martinsen - Friday, 21 November 2014, 11:36 AM

Hi Everyone!

I work for a GP regional training provider and we are just completing our implementation package in Moodlerooms, so we are ultra-newbies.  Definitely still on my L-plates!

I have worked in gp training for the last 10.5 years.  Originally as a hands on program administrator, but now as a systems manager and implementation specialist.  We have been using online training environments for the past 5 years using a small, bespoke (but outdated) LMS.  We are excited about the move to Moodle and I can't wait to gather ideas from you all next week.

My background is originally in medical research (molecular biology) but after marrying a naval officer, my scientific career was put to the side.  I was glad to get 'off the bench' and away from the hazardous chemicals :)

Outside of work, I still love my digital technology, but I also love game fishing with my family, nature photography, and craft (entangling, mosaic, crochet, folded book art).

I look forward to meeting you all next week.

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by Adrian Saunders - Friday, 21 November 2014, 12:00 PM

Hi All,

My name is Adrian Saunders from St Andrew's Hospital in Adelaide. Currently I'm acting ADON but normally I manage the medical student program at St Andrew's. Part of my 'normal' role is to run simulations for nursing staff and provide nursing education in the Staff Development Centre through media, providing online videos of lectures, simulations etc. We are just expanding into Moodle now and I am genuinely excited by its flexibility and potential. So a bit of a newbie in this area but learning fast.

Looking forward to seeing how much the SAN has changed since I trained there 30 odd years ago....

Oh and my passion is chocolate.... Haigh's to be specific


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by Kimberley Martinsen - Friday, 21 November 2014, 12:34 PM

Oh Haigh's!!!!!  I lived in SA for 5.5 years and I do miss Haigh's chocolate.  As I still work in Adelaide (albeit remotely from Qld) I get to visit the Haigh's factory every now and again.  Looking forward to buying the christmas teddy tin for my daughter when I go down there in a few weeks time. :)

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by Deborah Benjamin - Friday, 21 November 2014, 12:39 PM

Hi everyone,

My name is Deborah Benjamin, I work for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) in Sydney and have been with PSA for 10 years (minus a 1 year contract at Novartis for a L&D role) in various roles from membership to Intern Training Manger both state and national positions. I am currently job sharing the NSW Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Manager position 2 days a week.

In my Intern Manager role I was the lead on migrating the paper based course to an online program and hence have worked with Pukunui who are wonderful! I initially studied psychology and found my way to pharmacy along the way and more specifically education and training which I love especially the online component.

Out of work I run after my very active 2 year son and 2 dogs, we are also going to be building a new house in 2015 so that has me very busy and putting on my project management hat.

I look forward to meeting you all next week.

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by Chris Sutton - Friday, 21 November 2014, 12:53 PM
Hi everyone
I'm the Managing Director and Educational Designer for eLearn  We've been developing eLearning resources and advising on elearning strategy for nurse, GP, emergency services, mental health clinician and other health and public safety education and training since 2004.

I have a background in teaching and a passion for learning that goes back to 1965 (yes I'm an old chook) and like others among you consider the learning to be far more important than the technology.  Technology is there to support good learning not for its own sake. I've been using technology to support good learning since 1986 - I told you - old chook, grey hair, lots of experience!!!!

I've been a regular at Moodlemoots and a Moodle user since 2003.  I'm not a techie - don't code, don't create mods or blocks, I have other people who can do that, but I AM an educator who sees how well you can teach within a delivery platform that allows flexibility for students and teachers.

My passions?  Old English Sheepdogs (I want to come back as one!), kind people, good food, good wine and interesting conversation.  Outside of work I'm a photographer, painter, quilter, writer, partner, grandmother, cook and ice-cream and jam-maker extraordinaire (not necessarily in any order).  I enjoy weekends and sometimes weeks away in the motorhome.

My mantra:  Surround yourself with clever, like minded people and magic happens!

Look forward to meeting you all next week and making magic!
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by Alex Smart - Friday, 21 November 2014, 1:08 PM

Hi I'm Alex Smart I have background in biotech/molec biol research (snap Kimberley!) and science communication. I am an Education Team Coordinator at Adelaide to Outback General Practice Training Program (AOGP) in SA - another GP regional training provider.  I manage some education portfolios and our online systems and train our stakeholders in the use of our online systems and integration with iPads.

We have a Moodle for blended learning, training support resources, modules and education event information, and a custom training-records type platform as well as using Alfresco for our resource repository (with Moodle as the interface). We have been using Articulate to create modules.

I have only been working with Moodle for 3 years and have found it super easy to pick-up and train others yet keep finding new tricks all the time and I'm looking forward to new tips and ideas from the moot. 

Outside of work I love to travel (doesn't everyone), love visiting home - Bartagunyah a farm at Melrose in the Southern Flinders Ranges and drinking our wine! Also addicted to snowboarding. Oh and I 3rd the love for Haigh's chocolates Adrian and Kimberley. Their choccie frogs YUM

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by Sarah Bock - Saturday, 22 November 2014, 2:21 PM

Hi everyone

Great to hear about everyone's diverse experiences and interests!

My background is in multimedia / web development and my passion for education has moulded this into a career in educational design and elearning development. I love the challenge of converting training materials into interactive learning experiences and using technology to facilitate (but not dictate) how this is done.

Originally I used Flash as my main development tool, but I now use HTML5, PHP and mobile technology (and of course Moodle)! I'm interested in finding out more about xAPI - a tool that allows content to store data independently from the learning management system. Is anyone using this technology yet? Would love to talk to you!

I have been working on some fantastic health projects with eLearn over the last ten years and will be at the exhibition stand with Chris Sutton on Thursday and Friday.

I also work with the NT-based GP training organisation (NTGPE) and we are currently working on a project I am really excited about - an Indigenous language mobile app for GPs to use in remote clinics.

My life passions ... so many ... include playing music, learning languages and then attempting to speak them (badly), cycling (without the lycra) and anything made with chocolate. 

Looking forward to meeting you all!

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by Mark Whitington - Saturday, 22 November 2014, 4:20 PM
Hi Gina and Everyone, Like many others... Thank you for the lovely welcome. I have been working as a Nurse Educator (ICU) for many years with the past 7 years as a Moodle Admin. located at Flinders Medical Centre in SA.  I have been using Moodle and authoring tools such as Articulate-Storyline and Techsmith Snagit as part of my job and love them!  E-learning has been an interest of mine for quite a while now. Although formal studies in the area were helpful I find the real word use of e-learning very exciting. My passions are my Family, Gardening, Golf, and Cooking. I look forward to meeting everyone next week Cheers Mark
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by Jennifer Farrell - Saturday, 22 November 2014, 4:20 PM

Hello All

I have been involved with eLearn Australia over the last 10 years in designing and creating a virtual environment for remote nursing/health students.

My background is Nursing/Midwifery in 4 states of Australia in both city, rural and remote areas.

I have a passion for teaching in remote areas where education is difficult to access. I have discovered that my skills in eLearning and nursing work well together.

I will be presenting with Chris Sutton the ''Maryanne Martin Virtual hospital"

Looking forward to meeting you all

Sr Jennifer Farrell

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by Bron Chandler - Monday, 24 November 2014, 5:40 AM

Hi everyone

I'm Bron Chandler

I am an Information Services Manager with a GP regional training provider in Queensland, based in Toowoomba. I manage, administer and support our version of Moodle and an online database.

We have had Moodle for 2 years and use it for online learning modules for GP registrars, exam preparation activities, learning resources and event management.

In another life I worked on Moodle at the local University and had the opportunity to project manage development of plugins and local modifications. In particular the production of content in Word and it's  conversion to a SCORM-like package for Moodle viewing.

I am keen to see how other Health-based Moodle users are developing and using the software.

I like to keep active and play squash and hockey; do yoga and walk a lot.

I enjoy traveling and it's been awhile since visiting Sydney, so I am hoping the visit will be fun.



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by Andrew Stanish - Monday, 24 November 2014, 6:06 AM


My name is Andrew Stanish. I manage the LMS here at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

Moodle is a component of our LMS and we use it to examine Emergency Medicine doctors as well as offering online courses such as Emergency Medicine Certificate and Emergency Medicine Diploma.

I am new to Moodle, however have worked in a VLE (and face to face) for a number of years at the RCH in Melbourne as well as several other Unis and Hospitals.

I love learning new 'stuff'

Personally; After traveling around Australia with my daughters and wife in a camper, and building our house at the same time last year, I thought it was time to get back to a computer and meet some new clever people.

Look forward to meeting everyone.


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by Richard Wallace - Monday, 24 November 2014, 7:03 AM


My name is Richard Wallace, from SA.  I have been working in the online learning space since 1999, starting out with WebCT, then Janison (both with TAFE SA) and then deciding Moodle was the best LMS in 2003.  Since then I have focussed on using Moodle to deliver quality online training to many organisations around Australia, focussing on building clear, concise and engaging content where possible.

Self paced, self marking (where appropriate), compliance and annual accreditation courses (Fire Safety, Hand Hygiene, BLS etc) are an area of interest now, as well as providing simple reporting tools to get completion results for managers (who do not know how to use moodle)

After work, I love to get out in the garden, we have 300 cherry trees, all fruiting at the moment, as well as playing tennis with the kids, travelling, camping and enjoying a few red wines.

I look forward to catching up with eveyone on Friday and hearing about other "journeys" people have taken with moodle in the Health area.

Cheers  Richard Wallace

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by Kym Mart - Monday, 24 November 2014, 7:12 AM

Hi all,

My name is Kym Mart. I am a Nurse Education Facilitator at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia. I am the Moodle administrator for our organisation and have been since bringing the platform in back in 2009. My passion is empowering our health workforce through enabling learning and knowledge sharing. Moodle has been a great tool to use in working towards this. I am looking forward to sharing ideas and solutions that Moodle can provide for challenges that I'm sure we all face working in the health care sector.

Outside of work I enjoy my family, red wine, cheese and cycling around the beautiful Adelaide hills....(in that order). ;)

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by Liz Barwell - Monday, 24 November 2014, 7:27 AM

Hi everyone,

My name is Liz Barwell and I work as a Learning Solutions Designer at ASA(Australasian Sonographers Association) in Melbourne with a particular focus on rural and remote education, non clinical training and new course development.

My background is in Human Resources Management in the Health Sector in NZ and more recently in training and education events in membership organisations in Australia with a stint off in between raising a family while living in London for about 8 years.

I'm a Kiwi but haven't lived at home for about 16 years. We visit regularly and I'm looking forward to Christmas with all the family this year.

I have two children and a dog who keep me very busy running around with all they have happening in their lives. I love travelling and my current passion is attempting to grow our own vegetables.

Looking forward to meeting you all.


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by Kate Casey - Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 1:33 PM

Hi Liz,

Just saying hi! I call myself an Instructional Designer and sometimes a Solutions Architect too!

Your experience sounds interesting. I've recently done a project for rural and remote GPs, would be good to touch base at the conference to share ideas about this (and also re the growing of vegetables - this is my new passion too - my thumb though is not all that green!).

I'll be presenting on hope we can touch base.


Kate Casey

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by Wendy Hall - Monday, 24 November 2014, 7:30 AM

Hi everyone,

It has been wonderful to read all of the introductions so far. I am really looking forward to meeting you this week. 

My work history has been diverse ranging from senior roles in ICU, Emergency and Trauma to Resus Course Coordinator. I have been blessed and challenged with the opportunity to put all of this together while employed as a Senior Nursing Officer for P&O Cruises. 

In more recent times, I have been working at Flinders Medical Centre (alongside Mark Whitington) as the Regional E-Learning Nurse Educator. This role involves regular communication, online support and the development of learning resources with our Southern Adelaide regional partners as well as the Country Health Network. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed the steep learning curve in relation to Moodle and the fantastic possibilities it provides. I love developing innovative and interactive learning resources for our 20,000 plus users. 

My other passions include my fur baby Chester - and yes he is a Moodle! (Maltese / poodle), looking after other puppies, baking, gardening, travelling and spending time with those I love.

See you all soon. 

Cheer Wendy

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by Courtney Exten Ellerton - Monday, 24 November 2014, 9:05 AM

Hi Everyone

My name is Courtney and I am from the Centre for Professional Health Education (CPHE) in the School of Nursing at CQUniversity.  CPHE offers re entry nursing as well as CPD courses and health industry based tailored courses all online.  I am the administrator and look after our moodle site and have been learning "as I go" since we started using it so I'd like to think of myself as more than a beginner but absolutely not a master.  Really looking forward to the conference and learning some new tricks.

See you there.

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by Greg Higgins - Monday, 24 November 2014, 11:08 AM

Hi Gina,

At Smart Sparrow, we're very excited to be a sponsor of the first Health MoodleMoot, and I am looking forward to hearing from the excellent speakers and to meet with delegates.

About me...

First and foremost, I am a qualified teacher. I have also completed a Grad Cert in MultiMedia and Online Learning and for the last 15+  years, I have worked in educational publishing and learning technologies. My role @ Smart Sparrow is 'Director of Academic and Learning Communities', and I am responsible for collaborating with educators across a variety of disciplines who are seeking to transform their student's eLearning experiences. 

At Smart Sparrow, we believe that all eLearning should rich, interactive and adaptive, and we have created a cloud-based lesson authoring, deployment and analysis tool that integrates with Moodle, that puts the educator in control of their students learning experience. Our origins are from a research group at UNSW, where we researched (over 7+ years) the application of artificial intelligence to online learning, predominantly in the fields of educational data mining and intelligent tutoring systems.

We are the technology partner of the BEST Network (Biomedical Education Skills and Training) -, which is a community of medical, nursing, health and health science educators (1,000+ members) creating and sharing next-generation educational content (adaptive lessons) and technology (SLICE - worlds largest cloud-based biomedical image bank). 

We will have a booth at the event, where we will be able to showcase many examples of how our technologies are transforming online education in the 'Health' space and look forward to learning from you all too!

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by Kerry Sutton - Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 10:08 AM

Hi Everyone

Looking forward to catching up with you all and being a virtual sponge for a few days, soaking up all the relevant information to take back to our workplace, SA Ambulance Service.

I look after the team responsible for Learning Design and Development. We currently have our own eLearning site, create and publish our own eBooks and just recently produced our first online training package using Articulate storyline.

Family is very important to me and so is having some time to re energise with like minded people..I am looking forward to not having to make lunches or think about what to cook for dinner for a few days.:)

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by Mexie Butler - Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 1:01 PM

Hi all,

I do 'Special Projects' at Southern GP Training. (Great to see lots of familiar names from the RTP sector.) Most of the projects that I am involved in relate to ICTs. I started taking computers into classes in around 1985, then connecting a phone line to the computer around 1995. I immediately saw the relevance of both computers and internet to my teaching and my students' learning, and I don't think I've ever taught in a classroom without both since that time. I'm still excited by the fact that I can turn on this little machine and find out just about anything and talk to just about anyone. OK so I'm easily amused.

At SGPT, I administer our Moodle, which we use more for its quiz functionality than anything else. Our program is very face-to-face, so quizzes add value by letting us help registrars prepare for their final exams. We have a fairly extensive bank of exam preparation questions which have been written and/or vetted by medical educators. I'd love to use our Moodle more extensively, but it's a slow process of organisational cultural change. 

I love being around people at the moment they have a realisation, especially about technology. The sound of pennies dropping - Aaaaahhh! NOW I get it! - is one of my favourite sounds. It's right up there with wind chimes, singing kettles and cats purring.

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by Chris Sutton - Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 1:52 PM

Hi Mexie

We have been working for some time with General Practice Training Queensland (formerly CSQTC) in Brisbane, developing e-learning materials for their PGPP program.  Love to catch up with you at the conference and show you what we have been doing.  Drop by our stand and we can chat.  There's so much more to Moodle for GP training that quizzes and downloadable documents. 

GPTQ use DOTs as their LMS, which is not as flexible as Moodle and expects very linear learning objects. However, we've managed to make very flexible authentic learning work in DOTs - we have a couple of modules built into our Moodle platform for demonstration purposes and it is so much easier to navigate and use  :). 


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by Kimberley Martinsen - Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 6:40 AM

Hi Chris.

I work for Sturt Fleurieu in SA. I would also love to see what you have been doing with GPTQ.  Now that PGPPP is no more, do you have other plans for incorporating Moodle courses in to the GPTQ program?

BTW - I met you 3 years ago in Orlando at the eLearning conference there.  I live just down the road from you in Elimbah!

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by Frances Corcoran - Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:57 PM

Hi All,

It has been great to hear from so many people with such a broad range of experience. I have been working in the VET sector for the last three years leading a team who deliver the Diploma of Nursing. At out TAFE (Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE in Victoria) we use Moodle as our platform and this has sparked in me a desire to further my abilities in the blended learning environment. Prior to working in VET I have also worked at universities and hospitals as an educator.

I am passionate about creating learning experiences that are real and thought provoking and I believe that the online environment has the potential to deliver this.

Out of work I enjoy spending time with my family, curling up with a book and swimming. 

I look forward to meeting you all in a couple of days.


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by Christine Taylor - Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 9:22 AM

Hi everyone, I am the national Treasurer for the Australian Nurse Teachers' Society and we are pleased to sponsor this great event. This will be my first 'moot' and I am looking forward to being part of the event and meeting everyone. We use Moodle for our ANTS website presence and look forward to increasing its potential for learning. 

My day job is a nurse academic and I work at the University of Western Sydney. My professional clinical experiences has mostly been in the paediatric field, and my research interests are education and child health. I have always been a strong advocate for e-learning and I am keen to chat about the great ideas you all have.

Christine Taylor

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by Shirley Fung - Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 11:46 AM

Hi Everyone,

I'm a medical educator at Sturt Fleurieu - a GP training consortium in South Australia. One of my main roles at Sturt Fleurieu is developing eLearning content.  With our recent adoption of Moodlerooms, Kimberley Martinsen and I are working to learn as much as we can about its capabilities and how to best apply it our needs. One of my passions is technology and I enjoy problem solving, so learning Moodlerooms is quite exciting for me.  

I also work as a GP in Hahndorf and in my free time, I like to spend time with my 2 young boys and husband or burning some energy at Zumba.  

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by Alexander Roche - Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 4:32 PM

Hi All,

I started in online learning in the early-mid 1990s and have been working with LMSs since pretty much the beginning. I led LMS developer e-cademy LMS in the late 90s. Then I was head techo at NextEd responsible for the global infrastructure, a many headed Blackboard hydra! I also did the Blackboard Mandarin localisation in 2000-1 and was the chief architect for the Rural and Remote Medical Education Online (RRMEO) project in 2001.

I did my first Moodle project in, I think, late 2001/early 2002, migrating the Australian College of Applied Psycology from Blackboard and in the process becoming user number 3410 and a Moodle devotee.  Moodle has come a very long way from what was a great start then by Martin and his great team and my passion for Moodle has grown with it. 

Almost ten years ago in 2005 I founded Ed Tech specialist company Androgogic, working with Moodle and other Open Source technologies to build Educational Technology platforms. Using Moodle and Moodle distro Totara, we have done between 250-300 institutional deployments now, I think, (phew) including coverage for several hundred thousand health care professionals. However, despite doing many LMS implementations, I find never tire of them. Each one is as new and exciting for me as the first one!

The Moodle Community is fabulous and I feel lucky and proud to be part of it. I really look forward to meeting as many fellow Moodlers as I can at the conference. See you there.

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