Director Simulation, Mater Education
Melanie is driven by the exciting results immersive simulation education can achieve for professionals working in the healthcare arena.
As Mater Education Director Simulation she oversees governance of a suite of structured simulation-based education programs. These simulation activities are delivered both within the simulation centre and on-site across Mater’s hospitals.
Melanie’s journey in simulation education began at grass roots level as the scope of her work as a critical care nurse broadened to include educator-style roles. She joined Mater Education in 2006.
Melanie is currently undertaking a PhD in healthcare communication, where she is exploring how healthcare clinicians receive messages in a ‘speaking up’ context and ways in which this can be enhanced to improve interprofessional communication and ultimately patient safety.
In 2016-2017 she was the Chair of the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH), the peak body of healthcare simulation in Australia.
- 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)
- Certificate IV Training and Assessment
- Institute for Medical Simulation faculty, Center for Medical Simulation
- Committee member, Women in Simulation special interest group (Simulation Australasia)
- Management Committee Affiliate: International Research Centre for the Advancement of Health Communication, Hong Kong
- Honorary Fellow—Mater Research Institute - University of Queensland
- In 2018 Melanie completed the International Scholars Program in Boston with the Center for Medical Simulation
- Completed the Evidence in Practice Clinical Fellowship Program through the Mater Evidence in Practice Unit