Dr. Filippe Oliveira – Education to Inspire Maternal and Fetal Health Champions


Dr. Filippe Oliveira is an early career scholar in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (O&G) at Monash University which runs the Fetal and Neonatal Development course for undergraduate biomedicine and science students.

In 2017, he played a major role in launching a series of “Women’s Health Short Courses” for medical professionals, a program he now coordinates. Dr. Oliveira’s teaching excellence and impact on student learning and engagement earned him the 2022 School of Clinical Sciences Commendation for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning. First in his family to earn an undergraduate degree, then a master’s and doctoral degree, he now works to develop skills, attributes and attitudes with his learners to improve the health and well-being of society, 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 over the past 30 years, much remains to be done. Since joining Monash University, Dr. Oliveira has focused on the development, evaluation and translation of evidence, and its application into innovative learning and teaching practices for the benefit of students of undergraduate and postgraduate, as well as health professionals. Her teaching is guided by providing an empathetic and caring 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 have shaped who I am and sparked my passion for high quality, authentic and impactful teaching. My teaching is guided by an empathetic and caring environment focused on individual learning needs. Thanks to my skills in instructional design, I develop educational activities that stimulate, motivate and inspire students. » (Dr. Oliveira)

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in early 2020 (and the campus was located in Melbourne, Victoria, where residents endured 267 days across six lockdowns in less than 2 years), suddenly everything changed in the space. of university education. Within weeks, Dr. Oliveira redesigned the course curriculum into a fully online format while managing to retain engaging, authentic and accessible educational opportunities, with the flexibility to ensure students are not disadvantaged by remoteness. or inaccessibility.

Dr. Oliveira also coordinates a series of short courses on women’s health for healthcare workers. Although online professional training is not new, the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly accelerated its implementation and presented educators like Dr. Oliveira with a unique opportunity to reinvent the way short courses could be dispensed. His changes included shorter discussions, more interactive sessions, and even online polls during live presentations. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RAZNCOG) has approved one of its courses (the “Basics of Midwifery Care”) as one of the very few learning opportunities available for pre-professional doctors in this domain. This program places the Department of O&G on the international educational map in terms of continuing professional development in this field, with many enrolling from overseas.

Dr. Filippe Oliveira’s passion for teaching, combined with kindness and enthusiasm, inspires and motivates students to learn. Her work has been praised by the medical industry, as well as her academic peers and students, and is helping to create the “maternal-fetal health champions” of tomorrow.

“My work has received accolades from industry, academic peers, and students and combines my passion for the subjects with kindness and enthusiasm, inspiring and motivating students to learn and become well-prepared healthcare professionals and ” champions of maternal and fetal health”.

Dr. Oliveria received a 2022 Dean’s Award and a 2022 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for outstanding contribution to student learning.


About Monash University

Monash University is Australia’s largest university with over 80,000 students. In the 60 years since its founding, it has established a reputation as a world leader in 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 Australia’s most internationalized universities.

As a leading international medical research university with Australia’s largest medical school and integrated with Australia’s leading teaching hospitals, we consistently rank among the world’s top 50 universities for clinical, preclinical and health.

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