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Plenary speaker

Dr Cameron Knott

Intensive Care Physician, Austin Health & Bendigo Health

Cameron is an intensive care specialist interested in translational clinical simulation and person-centred healthcare system redesign aimed at improving workplace inter-professional team performance and healthcare system performance.

He is an intensive care specialist in the tertiary Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria, and the regional Bendigo Hospital, Victoria, Australia. Cameron holds a Master of Clinical Education and is an Honorary Clinical Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Austin Clinical School and Honorary Research Fellow at the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC). Cameron is employed as the Academic Lead of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre, Monash Rural Health Bendigo.

His with clinical support responsibilities as Austin ICU’s Education and Simulation portfolio lead, and the Bendigo Health ICU Clinical Performance and Innovation portfolio lead.

He volunteers for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services & Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Centre for Resource and Outcome Evaluation (CORE) INSIGHT Group within the Safer Care Victoria Critical Care Clinical Network, Executive Committee for Australian Society for Simulation in Health Care (ASSH) and the ANZICS Datathon committees.

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Plenary speaker

Tanya Edlington

Director, The Conversation Clinic

Tanya Edlington came to simulation as an actress who needed to find employment opportunities and discovered the world of simulation, through working as a simulated patient. In the meantime, Tanya was developing her practice as a facilitator and educator in the corporate and community sector and realised that her skills in improvisational theatre were a perfect match for education in health care.

Tanya works regularly as a simulated patient for many universities and colleges, particularly in mental health, bereavement and other high emotions. 

She has partnered with Monash University to incorporate simulation into research projects about empathy and difficult conversations as well as co-teaching about simulated participants.

Tanya works with law firms and banks in multi day simulations that are used for development and assessment purposes and has project managed simulation projects for universities and health care providers. Tanya has also co-authored papers and chapters on the topic of simulated participants. She is the Director of The Conversation Clinic.


Plenary speaker

Associate Professor Stuart Marshall

Anaesthetist, Patient Safety Researcher and Educator

Stuart is an anaesthetist with research interests in simulation-based education and cognitive engineering. He has a Masters and PhD in Human Factors. His research has looked at how cognitive aids such as checklists and flowcharts affect team functioning during emergencies. 
He is currently undertaking an NHMRC research fellowship applying cognitive engineering principles to the management of clinical emergencies. Stuart is also the convenor of the International Clinical Skills Conference held in Prato, Italy every second year.

Plenary speaker

Dr Lauren Sanders

Stroke Neurologist, St Vincent's Hospital & University of Melbourne

Dr Lauren Sanders is an academic and clinical neurologist with a subspecialty expertise in stroke medicine. She undertook her Stroke Fellowship at Monash Medial Centre and completed her neurology training at St Vincent’s Hospital. During her postgraduate studies she held a Clinical Academic Fellowship (Monash Health/Monash University) and was the recipient of an NHMRC postgraduate research scholarship.

Dr Sanders was awarded her PhD in 2014, examining management of Transient Ischaemic Attack from both clinical and health economic perspectives and has published and presented her work locally and internationally. Her research has received several awards including the Peter Bladin New Investigator award from the Stroke Society of Australasia and the Head of School PhD Excellence Award from Monash University. Her current research is focussed on TIA rehabilitation, stroke simulation and processes of care, in addition to research supervision and clinical trails.

Dr Sanders sits on several advisory committees for stroke and co-authored the TIA chapter in the 2017 Australian Stroke Guidelines. Dr Sanders has experience in undergraduate and graduate clinical teaching and examination and is currently undertaking her Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education.

She recently developed a Simulation Programme to train staff in acute stroke assessment and management which has resulted in a more than 50% reduction in treatment times. For the University of Melbourne, she co-ordinates the Research subject for the MD program and holds the medical education research portfolio for the St Vincent’s Clinical School.

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Associate Professor Debra Kiegaldie

Clinical Chair - Health Workforce & Simulation

Holmesglen Institute & Healthscope Australia

Debra is a registered nurse and an intensive care nursing specialist. She has provided major contributions to the field of education and simulation with research outputs in interprofessional education, simulation, delirium, falls, medical error and open disclosure, and communication skills.

Debra’s 30-year career has primarily been focused in the higher education sector with additional leadership roles in public/private health care services. More recently she has moved into the vocational training sector. During this time, she has worked extensively in medicine, nursing, allied health, community and social services.

Her interest in simulation first began at Monash University designing a range of web-based simulation initiatives such as “The Virtual Patient” and “The Virtual Ward” which were both nominated for a number of national awards. This extended to major roles involving simulation education, curriculum integration of simulation methodology, simulation evaluation and research, and simulated participant methodology.

She has recently taken up a joint appointment as Clinical Chair for Holmesglen Institute and Healthscope Australia and is the current President of the Victorian Simulation Alliance Board of Management.


Professor Simon Cooper


Professor Simon Cooper 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. 

He 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.  This 1.5 hour training program has now been completed by over 17,000 participants from across the world.

Further, a non-technical skills assessment tool for the assessment of resuscitation team performance ‘The Team Emergency Assessment Measure’ (TEAM) has been widely disseminated and is used in around 50 centres across the world with translations into six languages.

He has published over 110 papers, chapters and books (with a Scopus H Index of 24) and has achieved a research income of approximately $2 million.

Recent grant awards include Category 1 grants in the management of patient deterioration and health department funding (DHHS) for the measurement of the clinical impact of patient deterioration management interventions.

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Mrs Tess Vawser

Director of Clinical Education and Simulation at Epworth HealthCare Victoria Australia.

Tess has an extensive background in the establishment and management of hi fidelity simulation education centres, the mentoring, coordination and training of facilitators and clinical education program development across Victoria. Her portfolio also oversees the clinical school and clinical placements of over 3000 undergraduate students, from 14 education providers, across the Epworth hospitals.

She has been involved in the design and implementation of national and state simulation based training programs along with extensive experience in the development and implementation of team based clinical skills and simulation programs to all health professionals.

Tess’s main interest is in the provision of interprofessional learning experiences for all levels of health professionals especially utilising clinical skills and simulation modalities.

Tess comes from Critical Care Nursing Background in Peri operative and Emergency Nursing. She is a founding member and current board member of the Victorian Simulation Alliance (VSA), an Executive Committee member of ASSH and has had extensive involvement in Victorian Department of Health’s expert advisory groups across Simulation Based Education and Training, Expanded Settings and Eastern Clinical Training Network committee

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