Welcome to the 17th Ottawa Conference and the ANZAHPE 2016 Conference, to be held at Perth Exhibition and Conference Centre, Perth, Western Australia, from March 19-23 2016.

The continuum of healthcare professions education and assessment will be addressed, with sessions covering undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education. The Conference provides the opportunity to focus on developments in the assessment of competence in medicine and the healthcare professions internationally by following the Ottawa streams, or to look more generally at education in the healthcare professions by following the ANZAHPE streams. All participants will have the opportunity through one joint registration to attend sessions in either stream depending on their interests and needs.

In this period of economic rationalisation of resources, increasing demands on healthcare delivery and the required provision of evidence of best utilisation of finite resources to deliver health care, what should be our expectations of our trainees and health professionals in the workplace? How can we promote and share best practice in education, in assessment and in the evaluation of our training programmes? The Conference will provide ample opportunities to present and exchange ideas and concepts with colleagues from across the world.

The Southern Cross is a constellation of 5 stars that have led explorers to their destinations over the centuries. The five stars in our logo represent the five key areas of interest for this conference: