Professor Tracy Levett-Jones

RN, PhD,MEd & Work

Tracy is the Professor of Nursing Education and Discipline Lead at UTS. Her research interests include: simulation, patient safety, belongingness, clinical reasoning, empathy, interprofessional education, and cultural competence. Tracy has authored ten books, the most recent being “Clinical Reasoning: Learning to think like a nurse” and Critical Conversations for Patient Safety; as well as nearly 200 book chapters, reports and peer reviewed journal articles. Tracy has been the recipient of multiple teaching and research awards, and has led a wide range of projects designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning for healthcare students, and influence and potentially improve patient outcomes; this includes a number of Category 1 funded simulation projects and eight Office of Learning Teaching grants.


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Associate Professor Patrea Andersen

PhD, MA (Ng), PG Cert Applied Arts, ADN, BHSc (Ng), CATE, RN

As academic director for simulation and visualisation for the university of the sunshine coast (USC), Patrea’s primary focus is on utilisation of advanced technologies in simulation and curricula integration. Her research interests include clinical education, simulation (including visualisation and game-based simulation, AR and VR applications), patient safety, professional competence and issues impacting on the preparation and development of health professionals. Her success is evidenced in collaborative research grants, publications, keynote and referred conference presentations. Patrea was the recipient of an OLT citation for leadership in simulation in 2015 and is a higher education academy (HEA) senior fellow. Patrea holds a number of governance roles. She is portfolio leader for simulation and practice learning for undergraduate programmes for the school of nursing, midwifery and Paramedicine at USC, Chair of National Simulation Education Collective INSPIRE and the Australian chair for Simghost Australia.


Professor Fiona Bogossian

RN, RM, DipAppSci(Ned), BAppSci(with Distinction), MPH, PhD, FACM, Churchill Fellow

Fiona is the Professor of Practice Education in Health and Academic Lead University of the Sunshine Coast Clinical School. She is a Registered Nurse and Midwife with clinical, policy, education and research experience in midwifery and neonatal nursing. She has professional qualifications in education, public health and epidemiology, and a strong track record in teaching and research academic mentorship. Fiona has 30 years experience in education of nurses and midwives and her education innovations include; pioneering the first BMid program in Queensland and electronic portfolio development. She is an experienced simulation researcher who lead the HWA Midwifery Simulation Learning Environment project. She is an investigator on the First2Act project, mentored visiting international postdoctoral simulation scholars and co-leads the Universitas 21 Simulation Community of Practice.


Professor Simon Cooper

RN, BA (Hons), MEd, PhD, FHEA

Simon has worked in acute care in the UK and Australia with experience in intensive care, emergency and paramedicine. He led nurse practitioner developments in the UK prior to moving to Australia in 2008. Until 2014 he worked at Monash University where he commissioned a new nursing school of nursing, prior to moving to Federation University Australia. Simon has extensive experience in curricula design and innovative teaching approaches with academic interests in emergency care, leadership, teamwork, education and clinical simulation. Over the last eight years he has led the development of the web based First2ActWeb patient deterioration program, has published over 100 papers, chapters and books, and has achieved a research income of approximately $2 million.


Professor Trudy Dwyer

RN, MClin Ed, PhD

Trudy works at CQUniversity and her research interests include the deteriorating patient, family witnessed resucciataion and most recently simulation. She has an extensive publication record and has been involved in numerous research projects and the recipient of numerous grants. Trudy has co-authored numerous nursing text books which are used in nursing program nationally.


Associate Professor Stephen Guinea


Stephen is the Faculty Coordinator of Health Simulation for Australian Catholic University Faculty of Health Sciences. Stephen’s research interests include simulation design for authentic learning, clinical skills development and integrating workplace pedagogy into university curriculum. Stephen has lead several successful teaching development grants and has received three learning and teaching awards including a 2013 Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.


Professor Lisa McKenna


Lisa is the Head of School Nursing and Midwifery, Latrobe University. She is a Registered Nurse and Midwife with clinical, policy, education and research experience in nursing and midwifery. She has professional qualifications in education, and a strong track record in teaching and research academic mentorship. Lisa has 30 years of experience in undergraduate and postgraduate education of nurses and midwives. Lisa has recently led a body of research around peer-assisted learning in nursing, midwifery and health professions. She is an experienced simulation researcher who was an investigator on the HWA Midwifery Simulation Learning Environment project and First2Act project.


Dr Jacqueline Pich

BN (Hons I), BSc, PhD

Jacqui is a Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney. She is a dual university medal winner for her undergraduate and honours studies in her Bachelor of Nursing. Her PhD was a national study on the experiences of emergency nurses with patient-related violence and she has presented the findings at domestic and international conferences. She is part of an international Cochrane review on education and training for preventing and minimising workplace aggression directed toward healthcare workers. She is also involved in research on horizontal and vertical violence experienced by undergraduate nurses and has been involved in studies related to empathic interactions with people who have a disability.


Professor Kerry Reid-Searl


Kerry is the Director of Simulation in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at CQUniversity. She has been involved in undergraduate nursing education for the past 26 years and has coordinated first year courses for the past 10 years. Kerry has extensive teaching experience and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards. Some of these include the CQUniversity Vice Chancellors Teaching Awards, two Australian Learning and Teaching Citations for her outstanding contribution to student learning, was named Pearson/Australian Nurse Teacher Society- Nurse Teacher of the Year and was awarded and Australian University Teaching Excellence Award. Kerry also received the Simulation Australia Achievement Award. Kerry is well published in international journals for her work around medication safety and simulation. She has been the principal author, as well co author, of several nursing texts books and has experience in research including chief and co- investigator roles.


Dr Philippa Seaton

RN, BA (Social Sciences), MA (1st Class Hons), PhD, Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Philippa is the Director of the Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and a member of the Council of Deans of Nursing & Midwifery (Australia and New Zealand). Philippa has 35 years of teaching experience in both undergraduate and postgraduate nursing education in New Zealand and Australia. She has led teaching and programme innovations in nursing. Philippa’s research interests include nursing education; technology enhanced learning and teaching; clinical simulation; interprofessional education; and workplace learning.