Convenor and Dinner Speaker
Amitai Ziv MD, MHA
Director, Risk Management Quality Assurance, and Medical Education Director,
Israel Center for Medical Simulation
Founder and Director of MSR Israel Medical Simulation Centre Amitai Ziv MD,
MHA, is Deputy Director of the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, Israel
responsible for Risk Management, Quality Assurance and Medical Education; he is
also founder and Director of MSR – the Israel Center for Medical Simulation.
Dr Ziv is a world renowned expert in the field of medical simulation and has
been invited to give keynote talks at multiple medical conferences worldwide, as
well as Grand Rounds at leading medical institutions including Mayo Clinic,
McGill University, Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto, Foundation for Medical
Education in Japan, Medical Council of Canada and Albert Einstein Medical Center
in Sao Paolo Brazil.
He is responsible for Risk Management, Quality Assurance and Medical
Education. He was a veteran combat pilot and instructor in the Israeli
Air-Force. He graduated medical school and trained as a pediatrician in Israel
(Hebrew University- Hadassah Medical Center) with sub-specialties in Adolescent
Medicine (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Medical Management (Sheba Medical
Center). He also holds a Master's Degree (Tel-Aviv University) in Health
Administration. Dr. Ziv is on the editorial board of the Journal of the Society
for Simulation in Healthcare. He is past chair of the Credentialing,
Accreditation, Technology and Standards (CATS) Committee. He serves as a member
of the WHO Patient Safety Alliance Expert Working Groups on Medical School
Patient Safety Curriculum and on Patient Safety Technology. Dr. Ziv is a
clinical senior lecturer at the Department of Medical Education of the Tel Aviv
University Medical School. He also holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position
at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine (Medical Education) and at the Case Western
Reserve University (Pediatrics).
Professor of Medical Education, Gippsland Medical School (GMS), Monash
Over the last thirty years, Debra Nestel has worked at the University of Hong
Kong and Imperial College London. In 2008, Debra returned to Monash where she is
responsible for educational research at GMS. Her research interests include the
role of simulation in supporting learning, particularly in procedural and
operative skills. Debra pioneered the concept of patient-focused simulation (PFS)
with her colleague Roger Kneebone. In PFS, a simulated patient and simulator
model (urinary catheterization, suture pad etc) are “combined” in a simulated
environment in order to provide a learner-centred experience. PFS enables the
learner the opportunity to integrate the broad sets of psychomotor,
communication and other professional skills required for safe and effective
practice. The approach has been adopted internationally for teaching, learning
and assessing procedural skills in undergraduate medical education.
Debra has extensive experience of working with simulated patients to support
the development of communication and other professional skills. This experience
includes scenario development, training methods for role portrayal and feedback
to learners. A thread through much of her work is the need for authentic
simulation. In simulated patient methodology this means offering authentic
A focus of her current simulation-based research is finding ways to make high
quality simulation-based education accessible to the health workforce through
the concept of “Distributed Simulation”.
Debra's research usually draws on qualitative methods. She has extensive
expertise in program evaluation. Social learning and instructional design
theories underpin her educational program design.
Debra holds an honorary professorial appointment at the University of
Melbourne where she has developed a Master's level program in Surgical Education
to be offered with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She remains a
consultant to Imperial College where she contributes to various research and
Debra has published over 120 peer-reviewed publications and several book
chapters in the field of clinical communication and simulation-based education.
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
Director, Center for Nursing Research
Administrator, Smart Hospital, Genomics Translational Research Laboratory, and Smart Care
College of Nursing
University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Dr. Cason received her diploma in nursing in 1965, her baccalaureate degree
in nursing in 1967, her master's degree in nursing in 1972, and her PhD in 1972
in Educational Psychology (with emphasis area in learning and cognition).
She has over 30 years of experience teaching in undergraduate and graduate
nursing education. In 1997, Dr. Cason joined the College of Nursing, University
of Texas at Arlington where she provided leadership in creating the research
infrastructure needed to support the College of Nursing PhD program and was
instrumental in defining and implementing the program's focus on healthcare for
cultural diverse and vulnerable populations.
She developed the model for the SMART Hospital™ (a virtual hospital in
which high fidelity interactive manikins serve as patients) and, as co-founder,
has successfully acquired funding for it from both private and governmental
She founded the College's Genomics Translational Research Laboratory to
support genomics research and Smart Care (a technology discovery center for
improving in-home health care) and obtained start-up funds for each through
competitive grant processes.
She is an active investigator with an ongoing funded program of research. In
2008 she received the Outstanding Research Achievement Award from the University
of Texas at Arlington. In 2009, she was inducted into the Academy of
Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas at Arlington and holds the
title of Distinguished Professor with the University of Texas System.
Mary Elizabeth Mancini,
RN, PhD, NE-BC, FAHA, FAAN
Professor, Associate Dean and Chair for Undergraduate Nursing Programs
The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing, USA
Baylor Health Care System Professorship for Healthcare Research
Beth Mancini is Professor, Associate Dean and Chair for Undergraduate Nursing
Programs at The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing. Dr Mancini
serves as the Baylor Health Care System's Professor for Healthcare Research.
Prior to moving to an academic role in 2004, Dr. Mancini was Senior Vice
President for Nursing Administration and Chief Nursing Officer at Parkland
Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas - a position she held for 18
Beth obtained her nursing degree from Rhode Island Junior College, BSN from
Rhode Island College, Masters in Nursing Administration from the University of
Rhode Island, and a PhD in Public and Urban Affairs from The University of Texas
at Arlington. Dr. Mancini completed a Johnson & Johnson Wharton Nurse
Executive Fellowship at the Wharton School of Business of the University of
Pennsylvania and a National Association of Public Hospitals Management
Fellowship program through the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public
Service at New York University. In recognition of her pioneering efforts in
support of nursing, in 1994, Dr. Mancini was inducted as a Fellow in the
American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Mancini has a long history of service to the
American Heart Association (AHA). In 1999, she co-founded the AHA's National
Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (NRCPR) - which is now the world's
largest registry for in-hospital cardiac resuscitation events - and continues to
serve as Chair of its Science Advisory Board. She is also a member of AHA's
Quality Care and Outcomes Research Committee, Executive Database Steering
Committee, and Education Committee. Dr. Mancini serves is Co-Chair of the
Education Task Force for the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation.
In 2006, Dr. Mancini was instrumental in initiating the CPaRlington Project - a
community project to train 36,000 people in CPR in Arlington, Texas. In November
2009, the project was recognized with a Guinness World Record for the largest
CPR training event with 4,626 students at the newly opened Cowboys Stadium. In
2009, Dr. Mancini was recognized for her work in improving quality of cardiac
care and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Heart Association.
Dr. Mancini is an active member of numerous nursing and health care
organizations. She is the President-Elect of the international Society for
Simulation in Healthcare and Immediate Past Chair of the Society's
Certification, Accreditation and Technology & Standards Committee; Chair of
the Education Committee for the Texas Nursing Association, and serves on the
Board of the Health Industry Council of North Texas. She served as a founding
commissioner for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and as
Chair of the Hospital Professional and Technical Advisory Committee for the
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.
In other international activities, Dr. Mancini has been a member of the Royal
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's Simulation Task Force, Sigma
Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing's Simulation and Emerging
Technologies Content Advisory Group, and the World Health Organization's
Initiative on Training and Simulation and Patient Safety. Dr. Mancini has over
80 publications to her credit and is a sought- after speaker at local, national
and international conferences on such topics as simulation in healthcare; health
professions education, patient safety; teaching, retention and outcomes related
to basic and advanced life support education; emergency and critical care
nursing; nursing research; and work redesign. In September 2011, Dr. Mancini
will be inducted into the National League for Nursing's Academy of Nurse
MB BS PhD
Clinical Education and Training Institute
Professor Steven Boyages has recently been appointed as Chief Executive of
the newly formed Clinical Education and Training Institute (CETI). Prior to this
Professor Boyages was the Chief Executive initially for Western Sydney Area
Health Service and in the last 5 ½ years as Chief Executive for Sydney West
Area Health Service. He has professorial appointments to the University of
Sydney and the University of Western Sydney.
Steven is a hybrid clinician CEO who is an endocrinologist. Steven is a
recognised thought leader in the development of health information systems that
facilitate patient centred care. He chaired the State's Electronic Health Record
Program and was instrumental in the design and rollout of innovative Health
Business Intelligence systems.
Steven previously was the foundation director of the Centre for Research and
Clinical Policy in NSW Health in 1999. During that time he established the
Priority Health Programs for chronic disease management; doubled the Research
Infrastructure Grants Program; established the Quality Branch of NSW Health and
was appointed as Clinical Advisor to the Director General to implement the
Government Action Plan for Health Reform. He was previously the Director of
Diabetes and Endocrinology at Westmead Hospital from 1990 to 1999.
Mary Foley BA, D.Litt.
New South Wales Health
Dr Mary Foley took up the position of Director-General, NSW Health on 4th
April 2011. NSW Health is Australia's largest public health system with a budget
of more than $16 billion a year and a staff of almost 100,000 people.
Dr Foley brings to NSW Health extensive senior level experience across
Australia's health care sector. She has held leadership roles within state and
federal government, the private sector and not-for-profit organisations. She has
written extensively on health policy and served as an adviser to the National
Health and Hospitals Reform Commission.
Prior to joining NSW Health, Dr Foley was National Health Practice Leader for
PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (2008 – 2011), and foundation Chief Executive
of St Vincents & Mater Health Sydney (2001 – 2008), leading the merger of
public and private hospitals and affiliated medical research institutes.
Dr Foley was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Federal Government for
service to Australian society in business leadership. She was also recognised as
Business Woman of the Year (NSW) for her achievements in private health care
Dr Foley served on the board of University of Western Sydney (1993 – 2009),
was Deputy Chancellor and is an Adjunct Professor with the University's School
of Biomedical and Health Sciences.
Paul Heinrich PhD
Pam McLean Centre
Paul Heinrich is the Creative Director of the Pam McLean Centre, based at RNSH.
Paul has a doctorate in theatre and drama from Northwestern University in Illinois.
Prior to his work in medical education, he worked as a director and acting teacher, teaching performance,
theatre history, acting and voice to theatre professionals.
For the past thirteen years, Paul has with Professor Stewart Dunn researched, analyzed and re-created common medical encounters between
doctors and patients. He then designs workshops built around those scenarios and recruits and trains actors to portray patients with
high fidelity and clinical accuracy so that health professionals may practice and develop their communication skills.
Paul has produced over 170 workshops on different communication topics in medicine, stage presentations,
dramatized hypotheticals for medical conferences, comic scripts on medical themes, 30 training videos,
journal articles and conference presentations. He is currently committing the lessons learned over these years into book form.
Rick Iedema PhD
Professor in Organisational Communication
Director of the Centre for Health Communication
University of Technology Sydney
Rick Iedema (PhD USyd) is Professor in Organisational Communication and
Director of the Centre for Health Communication at the University of Technology
Sydney. He was awarded a Fellowship at the Academy of Social Sciences of
Australia in 2010. His research covers the link between clinical communication
and hospital organization. This work reaches across health care quality and
safety, health services enquiry, and health policy research. He currently
focuses on clinical incident disclosure and clinical handover communication. It
is in these areas that his work has most successfully linked national policy
reform to frontline clinical practice.
Notable achievements include ten research-based and nationally-endorsed
incident disclosure principles, systematisation of the ambulance-to-emergency
handover process in New South Wales, and adoption by researchers across the
world of his video-based approach to learning in complex health care
organisations. In partnership with academic colleagues and clinicians, he has
been awarded $13million in grant funding, published 196 research publications,
including three edited books and one monograph, with two monographs forthcoming.
BSc (Hons), MA (Education), PhD
Professor of Medical Education
Health Workforce Education and Assessment Research Team
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
Professor Brian Jolly has longstanding interests and expertise in simulation, assessment,
clinical teaching, clinical skills development, and research design and
Brian's current responsibilities include the development of research
initiatives in health professions education, contributions to the Graduate
Certificate in Health Professionals Education (which trains clinical teachers),
assisting in the development of undergraduate assessment protocols and fitness
to practise initiatives. Brian has over 30 year's experience in medical
Brian is the Chair-elect of ASSH, a member of the Medical School
Accreditation Committee (MedSAC) of the Australian Medical Council and a
co-author of the revised Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors. He
has edited three books on medical education, and has contributed to over 130
papers on health professions education. He has recently been part of teams
awarded two DEEWR grants for development of assessment strategies in nursing and
Professor of Surgery, University of Sydney
Author and Playwright
Mohamed Khadra is a professor of Surgery at the University of Sydney,
Australia. He has had a successful and varied career as a leader in education
and medicine, internationally and in Australia. He has a degree in Medicine, a
PhD and a fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He also has
a postgraduate degree in Computing and a Masters in Education. His roles have
included Inaugural Chair of Surgery at the Australian National University,
Pro-vice Chancellor for Health, Design and Science at the University of
Canberra, Professor of Surgery and Head of the School of Rural Health for the
University of New South Wales. He has won several research prizes, including the
Noel Newton Prize for surgical research and the Alban Gee Prize in urology.
Mohamed is co-founder of the Institute of Technology Australia, an accredited
higher-education provider that contributes to social justice by delivering
accessible and affordable degrees to students in developing countries. He is the
author of Making the Cut: A Surgeon's Stories of Life on the Edge; the
Patient: One Man's Journey through the Australian Health-Care System; and
co-author with David Williamson of the play At What Cost?
Debra Kiegaldie MEd PhD (Candidate) BEdSt IntCareCert RN MRCNA
Manager, Medical Education Unit, Southern Health
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash University
With a background in intensive care nursing, Debra taught and co-ordinated
postgraduate acute care courses for Monash University for over nine years. She
has spent the past seven years developing and coordinating postgraduate courses
and CPD programs in health professional education for Monash and has had the
pleasure of training thousands of health professional teachers as part of this
role. Debra has recently returned to the health care sector to take up a new
position as the Manager of Medical Education for Southern Health in Melbourne.
Over the years she has been actively involved in teacher training and curriculum
development for a range of health professional groups particularly in the area
of clinical skills teaching and assessment, simulated patients and
interprofessional learning. She is currently completing a PhD that combines many
of these interests.
Michael Seropian M.D., FRCPC
Oregon Health & Science University Schools of Medicine and Nursing
Michael A. Seropian is a practicing pediatric anesthesiologist and faculty member for the OHSU Schools of Medicine and Nursing.
He also holds an Adjunct Professor appoint at Edith Cowan University.
Dr. Seropian has more than 15 years of experience in simulation education development and training.
His initial contact with simulation was during his years at Harvard University.
He has since developed and designed multiple simulation facilities and has been instrumental in developing multiple simulation
collaboratives and ventures. As founder and the past Co-director of the first OHSU Simulation and Clinical Learning Center,
he had oversight over the implementation and delivery of simulation education to both nursing and medical specialties.
He is currently the institutional Medical Director of Simulation for OHSU and the Department of Anesthesiology.
He has published extensively and trained hundreds of individuals in the use of simulation-based methods.
Dr. Seropian is a founding member and a past Chair of the Oregon Simulation Alliance.
Dr. Seropian has received national and international training and consultation requests in the area of simulation education,
facility design, program development, assessment and implementation. He is the President-Elect of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
He also sits on the American Society of Anesthesiology committee on simulation education.
He is eager to see simulation education programs develop successfully, irrespective of discipline or specialty.
Matthew Thomas PhD
Director, Westwood-Thomas Associates
Senior Research Fellow – Human Factors, University of South Australia
Dr Matthew Thomas is one of Australia's leading Human Factors experts. He is
the Director of Westwood-Thomas Associates, a consulting practice that provide a
wide range of services relating to Human Factors across high-risk industries. He
currently holds a range of positions including:
- Senior Research Fellow – Human Factors at UniSA
- President, Australian Aviation Psychology Association
- Member of Council, Australian Patient Safety Foundation
- Member, Australian Advisory Board – Fight Safety Foundation
His areas of expertise focus on human
error, non-technical skills, and the design of error tolerant systems. He has an
established consultancy and publication record in these areas and is currently
involved in a range of projects with industry partners in aviation, healthcare,
BA BSW MSW PhD
Professor of Medical Education (Patient Safety)
Sydney School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney
Merrilyn Walton is Professor of Medical Education (Patient Safety), Sydney
School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney. She is a
leading patient-safety academic who works nationally and internationally in the
Currently she is working with the WHO as a lead expert and writer for the
patient safety education for health professionals curriculum.
She is the author of two books and co-authored her latest Safety and Ethics
in Health Care with Professors Runciman and Merry. Professor Walton is a
statutory member of the National Health Practitioner Registration Agency and a
member of the NHMRC's Australian Health Ethics Committee. She is also a member
of the NSW Prevocational Medical Training Council, the University of Sydney
Academic Board and a Director of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. She is a
visiting professor and affiliate of The Buehler Center on Aging, Health and
Society at Northwestern University in the USA.
Prior to her academic role Merrilyn was the first Health Care Complaints
Commissioner in NSW (1993-2000).
Leonie Watterson MBBS FANZCA MClinEd
Director, Simulation Division, Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre
Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Sydney Medical School
Associate Professor Watterson's other appointments include:
- Senior staff specialist (Anaesthesia), Royal North Shore Hospital
- Consultant Anaesthetist, St Vincent's Hospital, Royal Hospital for
Women, Prince of Wales Hospital
Her professional roles include:
- Inaugural Chair, Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (2008-9)
- Convenor, SimTecT Healthcare Conference (2005-7)
- Chair, Continuing Anaesthesia Education Committee, NSW Region, ANZCA and
Australian Society of Anaesthetists (2009)
- Chair, Simulation Specialist Group, ANZCA (2007)
In recognition of her contribution to the use of simulation in healthcare, Associate Professor
Watterson received the Simulation Industry Association of Australia Simulation Achievement
Award in 2010.
Professor Pamela Andreatta PhD
Assistant Professor of Medical Education, Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Michigan, USA
Sue Ballinger-Doran RN
Southern Health Simulation Centre, VIC
Professor Jennene Greenhill
Flinders University Rural Clinical School, SA
Dr Louise Greenstock
Australian Health Workforce Institute, VIC
Dr Stuart Marshall
Head of Research
Southern Health Simulation and Skills Centre, VIC
Professor Karim Qayumi
Professor of Surgery and Director
UBC Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation, Vancouver, Canada
Professor Cobie Rudd
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Advancement)
Edith Cowan University, WA
Dr Jane Torrie
Senior Clinical Lecturer
University of Auckland and Specialist Anaesthetist Auckland City Hospital, NZ
Health Workforce Australia, QLD
A/Professor Marcus Watson PhD
Executive Director Clinical Skills Development Service
Queensland Health, Schools of Medicine & Psychology, The University of Queensland, QLD
A/Professor Jennifer Weller
Director, Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education
The University of Auckland, NZ
Convenor and Dinner Speaker
Professor Peter Brooks
Director of the Australian Health Workforce Institute
Professor Brooks graduated from Monash University in 1967, returned to
Tasmania for post-medical training then went to Scotland in 1972 as a
researcher at the University of Glasgow. He returned to Hobart in 1976 to
lecture in medicine before moving to Flinders University in 1978 as
senior lecturer in medicine.
In 1982 he became Foundation Professor of
Rheumatology, Sydney University, based at Royal North Shore Hospital. In
1991 he moved to St Vincent's Hospital as Professor of Medicine and Head
of the Medical Professorial Unit, a post he held until he joined the
University of Queensland in 1998. He was previously Executive Dean of the
Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Queensland.
Professor Brooks has a long-standing interest in the future health
workforce and while at the University of Queensland has overseen the
development of inter-professional learning as a faculty-wide initiative, a
new School of Nursing with nurse practitioner and midwifery streams and
the development of physician assistant programs. Professor Brooks has
been a strong advocate for exploring in an evidence-based fashion new
models of health care and developing an approach to health care funding
which provides better incentives for health promotion and disease
prevention and an emphasis upon reducing long-term ‘load’ on the acute