Rapid education reboot – innovation for change

Dr Siyan Baxter1,2

1Hobart Private Hospital, Hobart, Australia, 2University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia


Improving conditions and practices in a healthcare setting can be challenging. Responsibility for change often falls on educators and staff development teams. The aim to quickly mobilise education and training of hospital staff, both clinical and non-clinical, was undertaken between July and October 2019.

Staff Development at Hobart Private Hospital undertook a rapid education reboot by utilising WAFT (a strategy to clear the air of staff Worries, Annoyances, Frustrations and Tensions), addressing need, identifying untapped resources, and working with practice partners to maximise benefit. Within four months staff were presented with an Education Open Day that included 27 sessions. A concurrent program targeting clinical skill acquisition, mandatory training, staff wellbeing and specialist seminars.

Contributors included staff, Drs, Specialists, AHPRA, UTAS, HESTA, ANMF (HERC), community nursing and product managers. Evaluation and critical reflection will examine the extent this rapid education reboot had on staff development and practice. Quickly mobilising education and training of hospital staff, both clinical and non-clinical, can be achieved with innovation, planning, sharpened observation and listening. Rapid education rebooting is a knowledge-acquiring process demonstrated though action.


Dr Siyan Baxter is the Staff Development Coordinator at Hobart Private Hospital leading a team of dedicated hospital educators. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing (Hons), Graduate Certificate in Research and a PhD in Epidemiology/Health Economics. Prior to her academic work she practiced as a certified ICU nurse, and over the years became interested in improving the wellness of fellow staff. This led to a PhD on the economics of workplace health and wellbeing.

Siyan has a sound knowledge of the stressors in acute hospital settings, the consequences if these are not mitigated and a deep appreciation for the many needs of hospital staff.