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Events Catch Up: March – June

OET has been busy attending several crucial events this quarter across both Australia and New Zealand. We understand many cannot attend all the events in the calendar year, which is why we’ve put together this list.

You’ll find a short synopsis of each event, as well as information on key attendees. Take a look and let us know if you were there too.

Australia and New Zealand Roadshow

During April and May, we organised seven roadshow events across Australia and New Zealand. Our roadshows continue to build awareness around OET 2.0 as well as communicate general information on the current test.

In a change from previous years, our roadshows were hosted by test venues and course providers. So, a big thank you to:

  • Languages International, Auckland
  • Ara Institute, Christchurch
  • Navitas English Test Centre, Sydney
  • North Metropolitan TAFE, Perth
  • IELI at Flinders University, Adelaide
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane
  • Primus English, Melbourne.

We had a great response from candidates, fielding questions on a range of topics, including the updated test as well as more general queries like preparation and study tips.

NEAS Conference

We sent David Wiltshire, our education manager, to the NEAS Conference to present on leveraging technology to improve test preparation.

NEAS is an internationally recognised body providing quality assurance services to English language teaching and vocational providers from around the world.

In his presentation, David highlighted the ways we’re using technology to drive improvements in test preparation, including our current email campaign which prepares candidates for OET. Over five emails, this preparation series delivers expertly designed test preparation practices to candidates’ inboxes.

Content includes:

  • 12 hours of free video and webinars
  • Six practice tests
  • Over 300 grammar lessons
  • Weekly Facebook tasks.

Our nurture campaigns utilise technology to better prepare candidates for their OET journey.

International Health Workforce Collaborative (IHWC)

Nestled among some of the world’s most beautiful snow-tipped mountains, Queenstown was the perfect backdrop for IHWC 2018.

The OET-sponsored event brought together policymakers, researchers, educators, clinicians and managers from around the globe. It was a fantastic opportunity to ask important questions, share crucial information and continue to develop our network.

We had three speakers for the event: CEO Sujata Stead, Head of Business Development Georgina Herbert and Brand and Marketing Manager Michelle Coleman.

Attendees were joined by His Excellency Dr Hilal Al-Sabti, the Honourable Dame Annette King and Stephen McKernan, QSO.

Royal College of Nurses (RCN)

We attended two RCN events in 2018: the Education Forum and the Congress. As the world’s largest nursing union and professional body, RCN events bring together key people not just in nursing but from across healthcare.

The Congress was a great place to build awareness around OET among key decision makers within the UK healthcare industry. It also helped us understand the changes occurring in the UK industry due to Brexit, NHS labour shortages and government policy.

We listened to keynote speakers from across the industry, including:

  • Economist Will Hutton talk about the NHS
  • Author Christie Watson on the lived experiences of hospital nurses
  • RCN Chief Executive Janet David speak about safe staffing levels.

Additionally, the Education Forum allowed us to meet and talk with nurse educators and education specialists from the UK. We were able to add key people from the NHS, university and private sector to our current network.

We have plenty more events lined up for 2018. Check out our events page and LinkedIn to see where else we’ll be.