The Academy of Clinical Educators (ACE)

The Academy of Clinical Educators (ACE) was launched in 2017 to recognise the important contribution of the clinical educators who engage with the Joint Medical Program (JMP).

ACE aims to promote high quality medical education across clinical services, to promote scholarship and innovation in clinical education and to support the career development of clinical teachers.

While focused on undergraduate education in the JMP, the aim is to build a network and community of practice that encompasses clinical education in undergraduate, pre-vocational and vocational training and continuing professional development.

Meet the ACE team

Professor Kichu Nair

ACE Director and Associate Dean
Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean (Clinical Teaching) School of Medicine and Public Health. Director, Centre for Medical Professional Development HNE Local Health District. Adjunct Professor University of New England

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Professor Brian Kelly

Dean and Head of School
Head of School School of Medicine and Public Health, Dean of Medicine, Joint Medical Program

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ACE administrative support

ACE administrative support


Applications now open, please complete a membership application form to apply.

Membership of ACE is based on application and open to those engaged in medical education and who contribute to the JMP across participating Health Districts and General Practices at both the University of Newcastle and University of New England.

In addition, participation in the University of Newcastle’s Certificate in Clinical Teaching and Supervision will qualify participants for membership of ACE.

Membership will provide access to:


ACE Teaching Excellence Awards

The Teaching Excellence Awards recognise achievements among our clinical educators (whatever their level of experience) and particularly highlight examples of innovation in clinical teaching or an outstanding commitment by a clinical teacher to medical education.

We encourage all ACE members to nominate someone they believe is deserving of such recognition. Self-nomination is also accepted.


ACE is committed to making as much content as possible available online, in order to ensure that these resources are accessible to all of our clinical educator

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.