NHET-Sim Logo

NHET-Sim Executive Committee

The NHET-Sim Executive Committee for 2016-2017 consists of 8 people.

Professor Debra Nestel (Programme Lead, Monash University)

Associate Professor Margaret Bearman (Deputy Programme Lead, Deakin University)

Emily Bernardi (Department of Health)

Professor Jennene Greenhill (Flinders University)

Associate Professor Marcus Watson (Queensland Health)

Ms Jan Roche (Newcastle University)

Associate Professor Michelle Kelly (Curtin University)

Ms Tracey Cullen (Programme Administration Officer, Monash University)

Professor Debra Nestel

Monash University

Debra Nestel, PhD, CHSE-A, is Editor in Chief of Advances in Simulation (www.advancesinsimulation.com), the journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). She is programme lead for the Masters of Surgical Education (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons). She is an honorary professorial fellow in the Departments of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and Imperial College, London. Debra leads a state-based network in simulated patient methodology (www.vspn.edu.au). Debra has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, published an edited book on simulated patient methodology (2015), has edited a book on healthcare simulation to be published in 2016 and is now editing a book on surgical education for release in 2017. Debra has won many awards and prizes for her work in simulation.

Roles in simulation

  • Chair, Research Committee, Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Past Chair, Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Past Board member, Simulation Australasia
  • Past Board member, Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Editor in Chief, Advances in Simulation
  • Course Director, short courses award and non-award courses in simulation
  • Graduate student supervisor of various projects in simulation


back to top

Associate Professor Margaret Bearman

Monash University


Margaret Bearman, PhD  is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University. She is an expert educator with particular interests in simulation, assessment/feedback and research synthesis. Over the course of her career, Margaret has designed and conducted rigorous qualitative studies, evaluation research, systematic reviews and randomised trials. She has written over 70 publications and co-edited book on simulated patient methodology. Her government reports have significantly affected Australian health education policy and practice. Her interest in simulation methodologies spans all health professions and modalities, with experience developing and researching virtual patients, immersive simulations, role-plays and simulated-patient methodology. Margaret has been awarded a range of commendations and prizes for her work as a simulation educator and researcher.

Roles in simulation

  • Deputy Director, National Health Education and Training in Simulation
  • Past member, scientific committee and organising committee for SimHealth
  • Supervisor of higher degree by research students investigating simulation

ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Margaret_Bearman


back to top

Emily Bernardi

Department of Health

back to top

Professor Jennene Greenhill

Flinders University

back to top

Associate Professor Marcus Watson

Queensland Health

Marcus Watson 2Marcus is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine and the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland where he leads research on Human Factors education and design He is also the Executive Director of the Clinical Skills Development Service, Australia’s largest healthcare educational and research simulation program.

He has extensive knowledge of simulations and human factors in healthcare and defence and is a national leader in simulation based research. His national roles in simulation include being the immediate past Chair of Simulation Australasia, a founding member and past Chair of the Australian Society for Simulations in Healthcare, an Executive on the Health Workforce Australia (HWA) National Healthcare Education and Training in Simulation (NHET-Sim)  program, he Chaired the HWA Simulation Accreditation and Certification advisory committee, he sits on the HWA Simulation Learning Advisory Committee and Research Committee and is a member of the Simulation National Education and Training oversight committee. He provides leadership in Human Factors applied to patient safety and systems design through national and state patient safety committees, consultancies and grants to address recognition and managing deteriorating patients, medication charts, patient pathways electronic patient record design, healthcare facilities design, and evidence based clinical education.

Marcus is actively involved in education, delivering international  keynotes, plenaries and workshops including simulations development, serious games, online learning and human factors in healthcare, and has extensive experience as a developer and instructor working with computer based simulation, high end immersive simulation, serious games and distributed learning. He has received national awards for innovation and the Jerome Ely Award for the Best Paper in Human Factors for 2004. Core to both his research and work is exploring how changes in technology will affect the way we work in the future.

back to top

Ms Jan Roche

Newcastle University

back to top

Associate Professor Michelle Kelly

Curtin University

Michelle Kelly 2Michelle Kelly, PhD MN BSc RN, is an Associate Professor and Director – Community of Practice in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Curtin University, Western Australia. Within this new role, Michelle is responsible for enhancing the scholarship and pedagogy of healthcare simulation across School curricula. In strengthening connections across seven other disciplines within the Faculty of Health Sciences, a program of IP simulation is emerging. External facing responsibilities encompass relationships with clinical partners, other academic institutions and professional simulation societies locally, nationally and internationally. Previously, Michelle was the Director of Simulation and Technologies at the Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and led the integration of simulation and technologies across Faculty curricula. From this body of work Michelle has received two UTS Learning and Teaching citation awards and one national citation award.

Involvement with emerging and professional simulation groups, including project work, continues at Curtin University and extends beyond Australia to the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific countries. Research areas include: simulation and clinical judgement for practice; simulation and ICT within curricula; and best practice guidelines for OSCEs. Michelle has authored 25 peer reviewed articles in healthcare and simulation and edited a book on healthcare simulation to be published late 2016.

Michelle has been instrumental in the design of simulation learning spaces – four projects whilst at UTS and one at Curtin University.

Roles in simulation:

  • Past Chair, Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Associate Editor – Advances in Simulation
  • Editorial Board – Clinical Simulation in Nursing
  • ASSH representative on HWA SLE external advisory group
  • Supervisor for HDR students at Curtin University and the University of Technology Sydney
  • Localising the NLN simulation scenarios for the Australian and New Zealand market.
  • Localising vSim (Laerdal Medical) for the Australian and New Zealand market.
  • International reviewer for the INACSL simulation standards.




back to top

We would like to acknowledge the contributions of the following individuals who have previously served as members of the NHET-Sim Executive Committee.

 Prof Peter Brooks, Prof Leonie Watterson

back to top