Talking Sticks

The story of the Prevocational Education Talking Sticks

Yarning circles and talking sticks have been used by Aboriginal people for thousands of years to discuss issues in an inclusive and collaborative matter by yarning Aboriginal people conveying their traditions and knowledge. Yarning circles have respectful interactions, to be open and honest, to listen deeply, acknowledge others and offer your own thoughts and feelings in return. We take these very same values and try to emulate these values in the Australian and New Zealand Prevocational Medical Education Forum today.

The talking sticks were painted by a man from the Yugambeh tribe on the Gold Coast. In 2009 they were first handed to Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria from the incumbent Postgraduate Medical council of Queensland and this has started the tradition of the talking sticks being handed from one forum organiser to the next.

Queensland Prevocational Medical Accreditation has proudly displayed them and has been honoured to be the custodians for this last year and we are happy to pass them on to the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria for the second time completing the yarning circle.

Talking Sticks

Key Dates

Call for Abstracts Tue 1 May 2018 Registrations Tue 1 May 2018 Close of Abstracts Mon 2 July 2018 Author Notifications Fri 10 August 2018 Early Bird Registration Deadline Fri 24 August 2018 Forum Dates 11 - 14 Nov 2018