Innovating healthcare training: Peter Mellow and Eastern Health
Peter Mellow | Director, Learning and Teaching, Eastern Health
Published on 24 January 2024
In this video, 360ed.tv chats with Peter Mellow about innovating healthcare training and education, drawing from his 30-year career as a high education lecturer and current role directing learning design at Eastern Health.
Reflecting on the significance of the COVID-19 pandemic in disrupting traditional learning practices in healthcare, Peter explores how Eastern Health adapted via remote learning and the legacy of these measures in their training and operations today, including the ongoing use of QR codes.
Addressing Eastern Health’s strategy for continuous learning, Peter describes the variability in healthcare observed in the movement or churn of staff, and accommodating their large student cohort for job placements. Needing to account for exposure to different learning modalities across the demographics, Peter explains the flexibility required to fulfil the organisation’s commitment to lifelong learning and evidence-based training.
With a focus on the diffusion of technology to elevate standards of care, Peter covers how Eastern Health is managing technology adoption, from championing early adopters to empowering those in the middle and lower ends of the distribution scale. He discusses multiple strategies such as feedback loops on compulsory courses, front loading assessments, and catering to learner independence through optional learning modules to deepen knowledge.
Remarking on the messy, complex nature of learning and the importance of engagement, Peter concludes by sharing his key takeaways for instilling passion for learning to elicit the best outcomes for clinical practice.
How can healthcare create responsive learning pathways that suit the dynamic demand and advancement within the industry? Watch the video to learn more.
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