Mel Barlow

Simulation Director, Mater Education

Melanie is the Director of Simulation at Mater Education, Brisbane, Australia. Her role currently oversees governance of structured simulation based education within Mater’s simulation centre, and in-situ simulation programs across the organisation.

Melanie has a passion for improving healthcare communication and is currently undertaking her PhD in this field. Her research explores how healthcare clinicians receive messages in a speaking up context and how this can be enhanced to improve interprofessional communication and ultimately patient safety. Her experience in simulation has been from the grass roots level as an educator, through to being Chair of the national healthcare simulation body, the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH).


  • Registered Nurse (Bachelor of Nursing) 
  • PhD Candidate (University of Queensland)
  • Graduate Diploma (Critical Care)
  • Masters in Nursing (Intensive Care)
  • Graduate Certificate of Education (Leadership and Management)

Affiliations & memberships

  • Institute for Medical Simulation faculty
  • Completed the Evidence in Practice Clinical Fellowship Program through the Mater Evidence in Practice Unit
  • Holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position with the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Queensland

In 2018 Melanie will be undertaking the International Scholars Program in Boston with the Center for Medical Simulation.