Dr Filippe Oliveira – Education to Inspire Maternal and Fetal Health Champions
Dr Filippe Oliveira is an Early Career academic at Monash University’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) who convenes the Fetal and Neonatal Development course for biomedical and science undergraduates.
In 2017, he played a major role in launching a suite of ‘Short Courses in Women’s Health’ for health professionals, a program that he now coordinates. Dr Oliveira’s educational excellence, and his impact on student learning and engagement, earned him the 2022 School of Clinical Science Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning. The first in his family to complete an undergraduate degree and then a Masters and PhD, he now works towards developing skills, attributes, and attitudes with his learners to improve society’s health and well-being, as well as maternal and neonatal health.
Every day, more than 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Although considerable progress has been made in reducing neonatal mortality in the last 30 years, there is much more to be done. Since joining Monash University, Dr Oliveira’s focus has been on developing, evaluating and translating evidence, and applying it into innovative learning and teaching practices to benefit both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and health professionals. His teaching is guided by providing an empathetic and kind environment that focuses on individual learning needs, to stimulate, motivate and inspire students.
“Working closely with senior clinicians and researchers has provided me with experiences that shaped who I am and instigated my passion for high-quality, authentic, and impactful teaching. My teaching is guided by an empathetic and kind environment focusing on individual learning needs. With my educational design skills, I develop curriculum activities that stimulate, motivate, and inspire students.” (Dr Oliveira)
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit at the beginning of 2020, (and the campus being situated in Melbourne, Victoria, where residents endured 267 days across six lockdowns in less than 2 years,) suddenly everything in the academic teaching space changed. Within weeks, Dr Oliveira redesigned the course curriculum to a fully online format while still managing to retain engaging, authentic, and accessible educational opportunities, with the flexibility to ensure students were not disadvantaged by remoteness or inaccessibility.
Dr Oliveira also coordinates a suite of short courses in Women’s Health for healthcare workers. Although online professional education is not new, the COVID-19 pandemic certainly sped-up its implementation and offered educators like Dr Oliveira a unique opportunity to re-imagine how short courses could be delivered. His changes included shorter talks, more interactive sessions and even online polls during live presentations. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RAZNCOG) endorsed one of his courses (the ‘Fundamentals in Obstetric Care’) as one of only a very few learning opportunities available to prevocational doctors in this field. This program is placing the Department of O&G on the international educational map in terms of continued professional development in this field, with many registrants from overseas.
Dr Filippe Oliveira’s passion for teaching combined with kindness and enthusiasm, inspires and motivates students to learn. His work has received praise from the medical industry, as well as from his academic peers and students alike, and is helping to create the ‘maternal and fetal health champions’ of the future.
“My work has received praise from industry, academic peers and students and combines my passion for the topics with kindness and enthusiasm, inspiring and motivating students to learn and become well-prepared health professionals and ‘maternal and fetal health champions.”
About Monash University
Monash University is Australia’s largest university with more than 80,000 students. In the 60 years since its foundation, it has developed a reputation for world-leading high-impact research, quality teaching, and inspiring innovation.
With four campuses in Australia and a presence in Malaysia, China, India, Indonesia and Italy, it is one of the most internationalised Australian universities.
As a leading international medical research university with the largest medical faculty in Australia and integration with leading Australian teaching hospitals, we consistently rank in the top 50 universities worldwide for clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences.