Sixth MABEL Research and Policy Forum 2018

6th MABEL Forum

198 Berkeley St (The Spot Building)
University of Melbourne

  • Finding Solutions to Support the Medical Workforce

Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) is pleased to announce that the sixth MABEL Research and Policy Forum will be held at the University of Melbourne on Thursday 7 June 2018.

This will be the sixth annual MABEL Research and Policy Forum held by the Melbourne Institute. This year’s forum will focus on finding evidence-based solutions to some of the most challenging issues in medical workforce policy that affect the clinical care provided and access to care by the population. The forum will combine discussion of current and future policy issues with the latest research from MABEL.

In addition, a MABEL Data Users Workshop will be held Wednesday 6 June 2018 (10am to 4pm).

The MABEL data users workshop is aimed at those wanting to know more about the MABEL data and those wanting to use and analyse MABEL data in their research. In the morning, participants will be provided with an overview of the MABEL data and MABEL survey. This will include information about survey content, sampling, data management and quality, response rates, and how best to access the data. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out whether their research questions can be answered using the data. In the afternoon, we will take you through an example of how to analyse MABEL data with hands on computer examples guided by our MABEL researchers. This will analyse some MABEL data using STATA. Some familiarity with data analysis is preferred but you do not need to have used STATA before. The workshop is free to attend.


To register for the MABEL Research and Policy Forum on Thursday 7 June, Please click here (limited tickets available).

Research and Policy Forum Program (Thursday 7 June)

9.15-9.40: Opening and introduction

Session 1: New Models of Care

New models of care challenge the structure of the health system, ways of working and ultimately patient health. What impact is this having on working practices and access to care by patients?

9.40-9.45Introduction by Chair
Ms Tamara Lee, Director, Workforce Policy & Development, NSW Ministry of Health
9.45-9.55Progress with My Health Record
Dr Janice Biggs, Director of Research Programs, Australian Digital Health Agency
10.05-10.15Is there any evidence that computer information systems can improve medical practice?
Professor Enrico Coiera, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University
10.15-10.25Associations between corporate general practice and GPs' practice patterns
Professor Anthony Scott, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne
10.25-10.40Panel Q&A
10.40-11.10Morning tea

Session 2: Improving Access Through Changing the Distribution of Doctors

An emerging oversupply of doctors in cities does not seem to be spilling over into rural areas. 'Flooding the market' isn't working. What can be done through changing training pathways and incentives?

11.10-11.15Introduction by Chair
Dr Ross Hetherington, Rural Health Workforce Australia
11.15-11.25Current and future policy issues
Mr Paul Cutting, Workforce Regulation Taskforce, Health Workforce Division, Department of Health
11.25-11.35Getting training pathways rights
Professor Roger Strasser, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
11.35-11.45A new era (and new data) for workforce planning?
Ms Maureen McCarty, Health Workforce Division, Commonwealth Department of Health
11.45-12.00Panel Q&A
 Research Perspectives
12.00-12.15Overview of recent and future research
Dr Matthew McGrail, Head, Regional Training Hubs Research, The University of Queensland
12.15-12.25The impact of the Districts of Workforce Shortage Scheme
Mr Laxman Bablani, PhD student, Department of Economics, The University of Melbourne
12.25-12.35The impact of rural incentives on GP waiting times
Ms Megha Swami, PhD student, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne
12.35-12.45Panel Q&A

Session 3: Changing the Culture of Medical Training

Medical training has always been very competitive, and more so in an era of oversupply. Bullying, harassment, burnout and suicide are common. Coupled with a strong compassion for patients, doctors' own health and life outside medicine come a poor second. What solutions are there to change the culture?

1.50-1.55Introduction by Chair
Dr Joanna Flynn, Chair, Medical Board of Australia
1.55-2.05What support is available and does it work?
Dr Lorraine Baker, Chair, Victorian Doctors Health Program
2.05-2.15The role of hospital employers
Ms Sue Shilbury, Chief Executive Officer, Austin Health
2.15-2.25Improvements in postgraduate training
Dr Una Pak, Deputy Chair, Junior Medical Officer Forum 
2.25-2.40Panel Q&A
2.40-3.10Afternoon tea
 Research Perspectives
3.10-3.20Culture change in clinical settings
Professor Johanna Westbrook, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University
3.20-3.30Training doctors to cope with setbacks
Professor Jill Klein, Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne
3.30-3.40Working conditions and health status
Dr Allison Milner, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne
3.30-3.55Panel Q&A
3.55-4.15Closing session

Data Users Workshop (Wednesday 6 June)

10.00-12.30Welcome and introduction to the MABEL Survey
Sampling and survey administration
11.15-12.30Data management
Data representativeness and attrition
Summary (and how to get the data)
1.30-4.00Practical exercise in using MABEL data

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For more information about the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) longitudinal survey, click here.