Focus on Health Professional Education: a Multi-Professional Journal (FoHPE)

Focus on Health Professional Education is the official journal of ANZAHPE and was formally established in November 1998.  It is a refereed journal published by the Association to promote, support and advance education in the health professions and is intended for educators, clinicians and students who have a commitment to improving health care through better teaching and learning.   
There are four underlying principles which make the journal distinctive from others:

  • A focus on all health professions:  the Journal is multi-disciplinary and this is reflected in its editorial panel, its editorial policy and the balance of articles published in it.

  • A focus on regional issues and concerns:  the Journal primarily serves the Western Pacific Region of Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia and focusses on education and training in this demographic. Nonetheless, it maintains an international outlook and also deals with issues of global concern.

  • A focus on quality research around teaching and learning:  FoHPE is the only regional publication that focusses primarily on research in teaching and learning, curriculum design, assessment and evaluation of health professional education. 

  • A focus on diverse and stimulating ideas: controversial, challenging and substantive issues face health professional educators and their students, and the Journal provides a forum where these issues can be examined and advanced. 



Reviewing for FoHPE

Register as a FoHPE reviewer and become part of the peer review system. Being a reviewer is a great way to improve your critical appraisal skills and will make you a better writer. New reviewers are always welcome and registration is easy. Click here to register.

Reviewers are the foundation of the peer review system. They generously provide their time and expertise to give back to the academic community and help maintain the dissemination of impactful and rigorous research.

In sincere appreciation, the list of academics who have reviewed for FoHPE over the preceding 12 months is published in the final issue of each year.   Click here to view Vol 19.3 list.


Editorial Board
The Editorial Board acts as an advisory body to the Editor and ANZAHPE Committee of Management (CoM) on the editorial policy of the journal.  The Editorial Board consists of a number of eminent members in the field of health professional education and is determined by the CoM, with due regard for the need for representation across disciplines, nationally and internationally. 
The roles and responsibilities of members of the Editorial Board are to:

  • advise on the maintenance of standards of the journal

  • provide guidance on the scope and focus of the journal

  • advise on refereeing procedures for articles submitted to the journal

  • advise the Editor on such things as suitable referees or topics for the journal

  • report on the views of their various constituencies

  • promote the journal amongst their various constituencies

  • referee journal articles as required, including initial decisions on sending out for review.

The Editor is appointed by the CoM to be responsible for the implementation of editorial policy and procedures.  The editor provides a report to the CoM meetings and is supported by the Editorial Board. The current FoHPE Editor is Andy Wearn. Former Editor Tony Egan was interviewed by Dr Julie Ash for the ANZAHPE Bulletin in June 2013. 


Publication frequency
In its inaugural year in 1999, two issues of FOHPE were published and in 2000 the second volume was published in three issues.  FoHPE now continues to produce three issues per annum.  


Click on links to view full versions of  Vol 1.1 and Vol 1.2


  •  FoHPE moved to a fully electronic only version of the Journal hosted on Open Journal Systems with the phasing out of the hard copies in October 2014.  Full access to the journal online is gained through membership with ANZHAPE.

  • Informit database: Members with access can also search the Informit database to access articles in Focus on Health Professional Education. Search the Informit database here.

NB:  Please click on the links above to view Vol 1.1 and 1.2 as are not available on Informit.


Articles accepted for publication in the journal

FoHPE is funded by ANZAHPE and current financial members receive access to the journal.


From 1st January 2016 the following policy relates to any submitted articles that are eventually accepted for publication:-

  • If any of the authors are current financial members of ANZAHPE there will be no fee to publish

  • If no author is a current financial member of ANZHAPE they will be given the option of becoming a member (AU$270) or a fee of AU$500 will be applied.

For information on applying for membership with ANZAHPE and associated benefits please see (!membership/c10kf)


There is no fee associated with the submission and peer review process.


History of FoHPE

During 1997, the ANZAHPE Executive, after several years of deliberation, agreed in principle that it wished to establish an independent journal.  It was supported financially in this by other professional associations who in return retained a position on the initial Editorial Board and discounted subscription for the members of their associations.
Since then, ANZAHPE has strengthened as an organization and is now able to administer the journal independently. An important priority of the journal moving forward is to continue to raise the profile of FOHPE locally and internationally, achieve academic listing in forums such as National Library of Medicine and Medline, and move to the online Open Journal Systems.   

FoHPE Review
ANZAHPE recently commissioned a review of journal which included an examination of the role and strategic function of the journal; its name and format; governance, roles and functions of production; its impact factor and production resources required. This review was completed in june 2012 and CoM is currently is the stages of uptaking and implementing its recommendations. See the full report here.  


Corrected manuscripts from Focus on Health Professional Education Vol 13.3

Professional skill development needs of newly graduated health professionals: A systematic literature review

S. Gibson & E. Molloy 

click here to view corrected article


A confidence and safety approach to multiple- choice question scoring 
M.J. Tweed, M. Thompson-Fawcett, P. Schwartz & T.J. Wilkinson
click here to view corrected article

For information on how to submit a manuscript? Click here


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President: A/Prof Chinthaka Balasooriya