Professor Sarah Strasser, Associate Dean of Flinders NT, will be finishing at Flinders University at the end of the year to return to Ontario, Canada to live.
Professor Strasser comes from a background of over thirty years in rural general practice and medical education with a particular interest in Aboriginal Health, Leadership and Innovation. Professor Strasser has been instrumental in establishing a number of new programs in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in Australia and Canada with a particular focus on community engagement and social accountability. She worked in an Aboriginal Medical Service in Canada for five years and returned to Australia to establish the new Flinders University NTMP in close partnership with Charles Darwin University. The first students entered the program in 2011, when for the first time Northern Territorians did not have to leave the Territory to train in medicine.
Professor Strasser has made a significant contribution to the success of Health Workforce programs over the years. As Chair of the NT Regional Training Network Committee, 2012-2013, she oversaw the Simulated Learning Environment Project and the Clinical Supervision Support Programs. These are now well underway. The NT Simulated Learning Environment at Royal Darwin Hospital has been in operation since January 2013 and in that time over 9000 hours of simulation education and training activities have taken place, involving over 1600 learners and 500 educators. Professor Strasser has also played a pivotal role in the development of HWA funded education facilities in Katherine and Nhulunbuy which are essential to the expansion of clinical training in these rural and remote sites.
We would like to thank Professor Strasser for all of her work and contribution to clinical training across the NT and wish her the very best for the future.