Melanie Barlow
Director Simulation, Mater Education

mel-barlow-img-780 x 525.jpgMelanie 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