Professor Neil Spike AM
Director of Medical Education and Training, Eastern Victoria General Training
Professional Fellow, Department of General Practice, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Science, The University of Melbourne
Adjunct Professor, School of Rural Health, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Services, Monash University
Following 12 years as a solo GP in Brisbane, Neil has been involved in medical education full-time since 1992 and has developed recognised expertise in curriculum development, program evaluation and assessment of clinical competence at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. During a decade of employment with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners he was Director of Assessment and Executive Director, Standards. He was also Head of the Department of General Practice and Deputy Head of School of Primary Health Care at Monash University from 2004 to 2009.
He worked with the Australian Medical Council as a senior examiner and as a member of the Board of Examiners. Neil was an educational consultant for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists with a major review of the written components of their fellowship examination. He was an assessment consultant with James Cook University and has reviewed the assessment program for their graduate medical course. He has also facilitated assessment and item writing workshops for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
Neil has been involved in a number of international programs in undergraduate medical education (Malaysia) and postgraduate general practice training (Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Canada, China, the United Kingdom and New Zealand) as well as the accreditation of a number of university medical courses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has been Visiting Professor at University of British Columbia, Canada and undertook a sabbatical attachment with the Medical Council of Canada.
Areas of research interest are the assessment of clinical competence (undergraduate and postgraduate), standards for the individual practitioner and programs, educational design, issues impacting on vocational training and a wide range of issues relating to international medical graduates and their involvement in the Australian health care system.
Areas of clinical interest include child and adolescent health.
Neil has now returned to Darwin where he grew up.