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SimHealth 2011 Innovation - Education - Research Patient Centred Simulation The Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare Monday 12 September - Thursday 15 September 2011 Sydney Hilton Hotel, Sydney Australia

Keynote Speakers

Invited Speakers


Convenor and Dinner Speaker


Keynote Speakers

Amitai Ziv MD, MHADr Amitai Ziv, SimHealth 2011 Keynote Speaker
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).

Debra NestelProf Debra Nestel, SimHealth 2011 Keynote Speaker PhD, BA
Professor of Medical Education, Gippsland Medical School (GMS), Monash University, Australia

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 patient perspectives.

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 educational programs.

Debra has published over 120 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters in the field of clinical communication and simulation-based education.

Carolyn CasonDr Carolyn Cason, SimHealth 2011 Keynote Speaker, RN, PhD
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 sources.

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 ManciniProf. Beth Mancini, SimHealth 2011 Keynote Speaker, 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 years.

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 Educators.

Invited Speakers

Steven BoyagesSteven Boyages, SimHealth 2011 Opening Speaker MB BS PhD
Chief Executive
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 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.Mary Foley, SimHealth 2011 Opening Speaker
Director General
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 sector.

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 PhDPaul Heinrich, SimHealth 2011 Opening Speaker
Creative Director
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 PhDRick Iedema, SimHealth 2011 Invited Speaker
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.

Brian JollyProfessor Brian Jolly, SimHealth 2011 Invited Speaker BSc (Hons), MA (Education), PhD
Professor of Medical Education
Health  Workforce Education and Assessment Research Team
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
Monash University

Professor Brian Jolly has longstanding interests and expertise in simulation, assessment, clinical teaching, clinical skills development, and research design and statistics.

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 education.

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 dietetics education.

Mohamed KhadraMohamed Khadra, SimHealth 2011 Invited Speaker
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 MRCNADebra Kiegaldie, SimHealth 2011 Invited Speaker
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., FRCPCMichael Seropian, SimHealth 2011 Invited Speaker
Associate Professor
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 PhDMatthew Thomas, SimHealth 2011 Invited Speaker
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, and rail.

Merrilyn WaltonMerrilyn Walton, SimHealth 2011 Invited Speaker 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 field.

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 MClinEdLeonie Watterson, SimHealth 2011 Scientific Convenor
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
Simulation Instructor
Southern Health Simulation Centre, VIC


Professor Jennene Greenhill
Flinders University Rural Clinical School, SA


Dr Louise Greenstock
Research Fellow
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


Katie Walker
Project Manager
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 BrooksProfessor Peter Brooks, SimHealth 2011 Convenor and Dinner Speaker
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 health system.