About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Focus on Health Professional Education (FoHPE) is the official journal of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE), which is the peak organisation for practitioners who educate and train health professionals in Australia and New Zealand.  The refereed journal was formally established in November 1998, and is  published by the Association to promote, support and advance education in all the health professions.  The Journal is intended for educators, clinicians and students who have a commitment to improving health care through better learning and teaching.

Four underlying principles distinguish the journal from others:

  • A focus on all health professions: the Journal is multi-professional 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 focuses on education and training in this Region.  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 focuses primarily on research in learning and teaching, curriculum design, assessment, and the 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.

The Editorial Board

The Editorial Board acts as an advisory body to the Editor and the Committee of Management (CoM) of ANZAHPE on the editorial policy of the journal.  The Editorial Board comprises a number of eminent members in the field of health professional education, and its composition 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 matters such 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 each CoM meeting, and is supported by the Editorial Board. 

Publication frequency

There are four issues per annum.

Peer Review Process

The peer review process adopted by the Editorial Board of Focus on Health Professional Education serves two purposes:

•  to advise the Editor whether a manuscript fits within the scope of the journal and, if it does, whether it is of a standard that is acceptable for publication or, if it is not, whether it can be revised to meet that standard

•  to provide constructive feedback to the author(s) by giving specific indications of where the manuscript does or does not meet the criteria for publication and, where it does not,  to suggest ways in which it could be revised or re-written to meet those criteria.

FoHPE publishes papers in a range of formats, each of which has different requirements, as outlined in the author guidelines 

  • original research, papers, reviews and reports
  • short reports or discussion papers
  • brief innovation reports
  • letters to the Editor 

The criteria for publication referred to above are:

•  the author guideline has been followed (click here to review requirements)

•  the manuscript falls within the scope of the journal (theory, research or practice relevant to health professional educators)

•  the quality of the writing is of a suitable standard (or could be made so)

•  the research is embedded in the existing literature (although this must be in accordance with the limits in words, figures, tables and references of each format (see author guidelines

•  the research makes a contribution to what is already known

•  where relevant, the method, results and discussion are relevant and justified (or could be rendered so by revision)

 The process:

•  On submission the manuscript is allotted a unique id, the submission requirements are checked and the manuscript is referred to an Associate Editor (AE)

•  The AE performs an initial evaluation attending to word count and briefly checking the criteria above

•  If the manuscript meets the criteria on initial inspection or if it is considered that the manuscript could be revised to meet the criteria, the AE refers the manuscript to two independent reviewers.

•  Each reviewer performs a more thorough evaluation and provides a report for the Author(s) and a report for the Editor

•  The AE reviews these reports and advises the Editor

•  The Editor reviews the reports and the AE’s advice then informs the Author(s) of the decision

•  Manuscripts accepted for publication are then reviewed by the copy editor and, where necessary, returned to the Author(s) for approval of changes made by the copy editor

•  The Author(s) return the approved manuscript and associated documentation 


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Sources of Support

The production of the journal is financed primarily from ANZAHPE membership subscriptions supplemented by royalties and the unpaid work of the Editorial Board and Reviewers.

ANZAHPE is a not-for-profit organisation and acknowledges the additional support provided by the University of Otago Library in setting up and maintaining the online service using the Open Journal System.

Journal History

The conversion to an online publication in 2014 provided the opportunity to change the subtitle of the journal from 'Multi-Disciplinary' to 'Multi-Professional' reflecting the diversity of health professional educators who choose to publish in FoHPE.