My name is Sarah Stewart.
I am a health professional (nurse and midwife) with more than 30 years of clinical and education experience. I now work as Midwifery Adviser, Policy Unit at the Australian College of Midwives. Within that role I am a facilitator, researcher, educator, project manager. I also specialize in eLearning, social media, networked learning, professional development and mentoring.
I really enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with people who wish to know more about social networking, web 2.0 and networked learning. And if I can't help you, I will know someone who can.
Networked learning and communities of practice
I am very interested in how health professionals network and learn in the workplace, both formally and informally. As we face ongoing staff shortages in health especially in rural areas, I firmly believe that a major answer to recruitment and retention problems is mentoring and supporting each other in communities and networks, be that in local face-to-face or online contexts.
I am also very committed to the concept of open access to health education and research resources. Not only does open access benefit health professionals, but it has the flow on effect of educating health consumers, and facilitating ongoing communication and collaboration.
I have explored the feasibility for health professionals of using open resources such as wikis and blogs to develop a professional ePortfolio for some years. However, recently, due to a change in my professional employment, I have moved to LinkedIn as an ePortfolio platform.
On a personal level, I am wife to Mark, and mother to Ellen and Andrew. I live and work in Canberra, Australia. A lot of my time is spent online building my own personal network and exploring new ways to communicate. In 'real' life I love to read, explore the local countryside, take photos with my smartphone, and at the moment I am learning about growing vegetables on my balcony.